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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Windows 8 is not a lockdown
by dgoemans on Thu 9th Aug 2012 07:54 UTC
dgoemans
Member since:
2008-08-23

I've been developing something on Windows 8 for the last 8 months, and i'm getting really tired of the bad journalism about Windows 8 being locked down.

Windows 8 on the PC is almost exactly the same as Windows 7 on the PC with the exception that your start menu is now a full screen app which is easily navigable with the keyboard. I won't go into detail on how much i prefer the new 'start' screen than the old start menu, but i'll just say it's a big productivity boost.

I have Steam running, and played some Limbo yesterday. A colleague of mine has tested a wide range of games including Rage, Starcraft 2, Just Cause 2 and Diablo 3 and all run without issue. He even got Baldurs Gate running without issue, something that wouldn't work on Windows 7 for him.

From the Metro standpoint, I have Chrome as my default browser, NOT IE. Because I told Chrome it should be my default in the desktop, Windows now automatically launches all links in Chrome, even from Metro apps - which now launch in the Metro version of Chrome.

The lockdown is a lie. The integration of a store is no different from the Mac AppStore ( and its fullscreen apps ) or Ubuntu's Software center ( with the exception of software freedom ). Valve are only complaining because it's a first point of sale which is integrated into Windows, their biggest platform.

Oh and don't get me wrong, i'd rather be running Steam on Linux, so i'm all for what they're doing, i'm just annoyed at people posting stuff about an OS they haven't used.

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RE: Windows 8 is not a lockdown
by Kroc on Thu 9th Aug 2012 08:21 in reply to "Windows 8 is not a lockdown"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

The lockdown is a lie.


On x86. Not on ARM though.

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dgoemans Member since:
2008-08-23

Sure, but there are no large ARM OS vendors that don't ship with an app store. Apple infact bans distribution of other app stores. And Steam has never competed on ARM.

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