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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Morgan on Tue 11th Dec 2012 03:47 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

Well to be fair, they never said they were the new champions of the Free computing movement. They are a business and they are looking for a new, unique way to get their product out to as many people as possible. Windows 8 was going to be a problem for them, so this is their end run.

I try to see the positive from it: This will surely put GNU/Linux in the big picture, and people will start wondering about it and wanting to try it out. "Why buy a Steam box when I can build my own?" said the intrepid gamer teen, etc.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 11th Dec 2012 04:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Is that realistic though? The Steam hardware would have to compete with the consoles, which are already sold at loss. Valve would have to at least part subsidise the total cost, so it would be in their interest to ensure that you can only / would only want to buy games through their interface -- if any other interface is present at all!

Let's call it what it is: a gaming console made by Valve.

I can remember the gaming community thinking it was odd (and doomed to failure) when Sony wanted to enter the firmly established gaming market (with unbeatable titans like Sega and Nintendo) with a console with a silly name "Play Station".

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Soulbender on Tue 11th Dec 2012 06:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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2005-08-18

The Steam hardware would have to compete with the consoles, which are already sold at loss


Sure, but they all use custom hardware that they either build and designed themselves or purchased from someone. Valve will have the benefit of being able to use mostly off-the-shelf stuff. That alone is a big cost difference.

Let's call it what it is: a gaming console made by Valve.

Uh yes, of course it is. Did anyone say otherwise?

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by zima on Fri 14th Dec 2012 21:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Let's call it what it is: a gaming console made by Valve.
I can remember the gaming community thinking it was odd (and doomed to failure) when Sony wanted to enter the firmly established gaming market (with unbeatable titans like Sega and Nintendo) with a console with a silly name "Play Station".

Or, remember how many people (particularly the "l33t" subset of PC gamers) cherished the arrival of "PC console" with the first Xbox? Now they whine about hybrid games (they call them "console ports" ...but since when first-person-shooters, with the simplistic core game mechanic of pointing at things, are a console genre?)

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