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 shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Tue 11th Dec 2012 12:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Unfortunately the negative effect outweighs the streamlined ease of use. Some genres (like real time strategies) were even damaged by developers paying less attention to PC gaming. Complexity of setting up a good gaming machine up is paid off with complex and deeper games with rich interfaces, instead of dumbed down consolized stuff.


I always find this argument hilarious and is usually part of the PC Gamer Snobbery.

There is nothing stopping things like Age of Empires, Rome Total War or Starcraft from being on a console with a decent interface.

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by JAlexoid on Wed 12th Dec 2012 11:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

RTS'es don't work without fast high precision inputs(aka mouse+keyboard)
Watch a screencast of an average Starcraft player to see his APS rate...

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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Wed 12th Dec 2012 17:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

These are seasoned pro players, most console gamers won't be going into Tournaments against the Koreans.

Lets try to keep it realistic.

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