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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I'm sorry but even the lowest end AMD quad can drink ARM's milkshake while it cries in the corner so no way its gonna be ARM based. It may have an ARM CPU for low power mode, so you can watch a video or do light web surfing without firing up the whole system, similar to what Splashtop had there for awhile, but to give up X86 would frankly give up the major advantage Valve has which is the huge amount of games and publishers all lined up. Not every company wants to only make popcap style games and ARM simply can't run something like Saints Row The Third or Just Cause II.

My guess is they'll have a little bidding war before they settle on a system. the question for me is whether they'll go Intel or AMD, AMD can give them cheaper prices and hybrid crossfire but Intel has the IPC lead by a pretty large margin. While I'd love to see a Liano with hybrid crossfire for insane graphics most likely we'll be seeing a low end i5 with Nvidia graphics, reason being an i5 quad with a decent midrange Nvidia GPU would give them a pretty big leap on the competition and give the box some legs.

In the end I think old Gabe is doing this to get back at Ballmer who is trying to screw Valve with the Windows appstore so by coming out with a Steambox old Gabe can take a big chunk of MSFT's customers by offering lower prices and compatibility with the Windows and Linux PC Steam client.

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It ultimately boils down to: for games, what is more important, CPU or GPU power?
So, while Intel might have a clear CPU lead, for a ~console the AMD tech would be probably more balanced, with their better GPUs...

And I'd guess it will be most likely a CPU+GPU integrated on one chip. Also not necessarily Intel and AMD being the only choices Nvidia ARM maybe ( ) - or some other multicore ARMs as well (considering that, again, the CPU power isn't even that crucial; but yes, x86 compatibility itself would be an important factor)

Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if Valve eyes moving Steam also to Android (as in, onto phones, playing there a similar role as it did on PCs for the last few years)

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