Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Sep 2013 21:46 UTC

Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.

Where Sony and Microsoft follow the iOS model for consoles, Valve is aiming for the Android model, including Valve's own line of 'Nexus' devices. As Valves notes, no restrictions - you can change the hardware, software, and install any operating system you want. The right approach, obviously.

The cooperation between Valve and NVIDIA is quite close, as NVIDIA details on its blog:

Engineers from Valve and NVIDIA have spent a lot of time collaborating on a common goal for SteamOS: to deliver an open-platform gaming experience with superior performance and uncompromising visuals directly on the big screen.

NVIDIA engineers embedded at Valve collaborated on improving driver performance for OpenGL; optimizing performance on NVIDIA GPUs; and helping to port Valve's award-winning content library to SteamOS; and tuning SteamOS to lower latency, or lag, between the controller and onscreen action.

This is going to be big. After being defeated in mobile, it seems Microsoft is facing another frontal assault on another one of its strongholds: gaming, whether it be Windows or Xbox.

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RE[3]: You know, for consoles
by allanregistos on Fri 27th Sep 2013 00:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: You know, for consoles"
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PCs come with keyboard and mouse by default, not normal couch approved controllers like xbox or ps ones, so no, PCs do not have best controllers.

And how is this going to compete with consoles? One OS - okay. But what about one hardware? Graphics do not matter that much when you play from your couch. It's just a PC. Consoles - way different mindset.

Yes, ok, P.C. might not have the best controller, my mistake. What I have in mind though is that a mouse+keyboard combination is what I prefer when playing games, especially for RTS. However, controller manufacturers can just easily build controls for PCs since after a console is also a computer. If Valve did not have in mind to compete with consoles, it just happened when they want you to use their SteamOS on your living room in addition to your console.

But I will argue on the graphics side, it will matter much for P.C. gamers, more hi-resolution monitor and graphic intensive games, the better even if you play from your couch, it is just console gamers who don't care that much I think.

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