Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Dec 2012 23:24 UTC
Games Confirming the industry's worst-kept secret, Valve CEO Gabe Newell has confirmed Valve is working on its 'Steam Box', a Steam-powered HTPC geared towards console-like gaming. It'll most likely run Linux. "Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment," he told Kotaku. "If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC. For people who want a more turnkey solution, that's what some people are really gonna want for their living room." Steam has 50 million subscribers, so there's a market here. As a comparison: Xbox Live has 40 million subscribers.
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Comment by Stephen!
by Stephen! on Tue 11th Dec 2012 00:02 UTC
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There does seem to be a somewhat "minor" problem. Are they likely to be able to convince enough developers to port games to Linux to make it viable?

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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by looncraz on Tue 11th Dec 2012 00:09 in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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It wouldn't be that difficult, actually. If they provide the environment and tools (as they are saying they will be doing) it all comes down the end-user price and feature set. Game engines will be ported just like they are to other platforms.

Also, Steam has enough games to make the platform potentially more mature when first appearing than the original XBox.

Then there is the additional advantage of also being available to install on your computer (as an optional OS) - should they choose to permit that. You also have the potentially MASSIVE advantage where Steam will allow you to play the game on your PC - in Windows or Linux (maybe only with a special distro, though) and also on your Steam box in the living room without throwing discs around, or buying additional copies (though they may charge a little extra - I'd think they'd lose a selling point by doing so).

--The loon

I think this would be awesome ;-)

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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by woegjiub on Tue 11th Dec 2012 00:10 in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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It's being marketed as almost a console, and they manage to convince studios to develop for those every generation.
The hardware limitations should be less here, and the stack is tried and tested, with many major engines already supporting it.
Seems inevitable, especially given that major players like Sony and Nintendo are actually in negative profits according to wiki.

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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by stabbyjones on Tue 11th Dec 2012 00:38 in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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There are 38 Linux games listed on steam which is nothing compared to the amount of games listed for Windows.

Even so, I'm quite happy to put my money on Steam/Desura and skip the next console generation. This is from a 360 owner who has spent almost 10,000AUD on console gaming since 2005.

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RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!
by WereCatf on Tue 11th Dec 2012 01:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
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There are 38 Linux games listed on steam which is nothing compared to the amount of games listed for Windows.

Have you realized that Steam hasn't even been officially released for Linux yet? The fact that there's 38 games for Linux even before the client has been released is actually pretty well. Comparing the number to a platform that has been officially supported for YEARS is unfair and a lot like comparing apples and oranges.

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