Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 18:45 UTC
Games Valve has just announced it will start selling applications through Steam. "The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you. More Software titles will be added in an ongoing fashion following the September 5th launch, and developers will be welcome to submit Software titles via Steam Greenlight." I feel like a broken record at this point, but guys and girls, Valve is going to release specifications for a 'Steambox'. A set of minimum specifications a Linux or Windows machine has to adhere to, either self-built or by an OEM. Steam pre-installed, can be used as regular PC and as a console. With Windows 8 locking itself down, this is their only option - and I applaud it.
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could see this as BIG
by robojerk on Wed 8th Aug 2012 20:03 UTC
robojerk
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2006-01-10

I could see this as BIG deal.
Currently if you buy software on the Apple Store it's tied to only Apple machines. Same with Windows 8. If the software being bought could work on different OS's this could be a big deal.
Example, buy Adobe Photoshop on Steam, decide to buy a new PC using a different OS you could install that software on it still.

I'm not saying Adobe is porting anything to Linux. I just used them as an example between MacOS and Windows.

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RE: could see this as BIG
by shmerl on Wed 8th Aug 2012 20:13 in reply to " could see this as BIG"
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2010-06-08

It is tied to Steam, since it has DRM. So not much better really, except that they seem to be interested in porting Steam to more platforms. But if you can get same software without Steam - there is no much point in it really. What I won't appreciate, is that some software will be distributed through Steam only, requiring you to subscribe to it if you want to get it. That's already bad.

Edited 2012-08-08 20:16 UTC

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