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[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Soulbender on Tue 11th Dec 2012 06:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Soulbender
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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[4]: Comment by Kroc
by sisora on Tue 11th Dec 2012 06:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
sisora Member since:
2011-08-26

or purchased from someone.

Valve will have the benefit of being able to use mostly off-the-shelf stuff.


They are both same ;)

And no one knows whether valve eventually use custom designed components or use generic commodity software.

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RE[5]: Comment by Kroc
by Soulbender on Tue 11th Dec 2012 06:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

They are both same


Purchasing custom designed stuff and purchasing off-the-shelf stuff is not the same.

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RE[5]: Comment by Kroc
by Kivada on Wed 12th Dec 2012 06:41 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

They aren't going to do the moronic console thing and use CPUs that are cutdown versions of custom server/mainframe class CPUs.

Why when you can get someone like AMD to slap together a single board design quad core CPU, 7700-7900 class GPU and 4-8Gb of standard DDR3 ram?

Aside from the fact that it's a custom mobo doesn't increase the price much considering they will be ordering them in lots of a few hundred thousand at a time, what saves cost is that the chips themselves will be bog standard consumer parts with a custom UEFI that only allows for Valve's SteamBox version of Linux to be booted.

All they need is to have the console reliably hit between 30-60FPS at say 1920x1080 which is fairly easy for today's high end GPUs when you don't turn on anti-aliasing, especially when the game devs can tweak their ports for that specific hardware since they know a large portion of their customers will be using that exact setup.

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