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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by kurkosdr on Tue 11th Dec 2012 11:25 UTC
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Oh, god, Valve is panicked and is running around like a headless chicken.

Steam for Ubuntu makes sense, but embarking on a mission to make their own console? So, they will be essentially bulding a full-fledged HTPC, but will sell it as a console. Good luck in finding a way to sell it in the same price range as the PS3 slim.

The reason the Xbox360 and PS3 were sold in the prices they were sold in their first day was not only the loss-leader thing, but also the fact they contained lots of in-house designed hardware. Which is something Valve can't do. What they can do is repackage a PC. Which will result in a massive cost. Which means they will have to subsidize the thing like hell to sell in the same price range as the PS3 or Xbox 360.

Edited 2012-12-11 11:28 UTC

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