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[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Nelson on Tue 11th Dec 2012 06:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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Does Valve have the money to become a loss leader? Microsoft, yes. Sony, yes. Valve?

It's a huge risk to absorb an entire console generations worth of losses to maybe one day take on the giant elephants in the room that are Microsoft and Sony.

The console market isn't attractive. It's cutthroat, margins are razor thin, and it's hard to establish a presence. Ask Microsoft how much it cost them to loss lead.

Microsoft needed it to ensure that no one found a back door into Windows' territory via the living room, but what does Valve need this for?

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Morgan on Tue 11th Dec 2012 07:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
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I won't argue that this is a huge gamble for them, but someone has to step up and try it first. Succeed or fail, this is an awesome concept and Valve will be the first to really give it a go.

Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to make Windows into an Xbox "experience", and Apple continues to make OS X into iOS. Succeed or fail, those are also gambles and I'm really curious to see where each company goes.

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RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by ricegf on Tue 11th Dec 2012 12:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
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Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to make Windows into an Xbox "experience", and Apple continues to make OS X into iOS.

And the key point for Valve is that both are firmly committed to moving their respective desktop infrastructures to the "walled garden" model in which consumers must buy software through the OS vendor, which gets a cut of the action.

They really have no choice that I see - either build their own platform (and support Canonical's as a side bet) or re-route the lion's share of their profits to Microsoft and Apple.

The most dangerous breed of dog is the cornered dog.

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