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[5]: Comment by Luminair
by Morgan on Tue 11th Dec 2012 16:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Luminair"
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I don't get you. You seem to want Valve to build a $1000+ gaming rig but sell it for less than a last-gen console. You set the bar so high no one would be able to succeed.

I definitely get the impression that Valve has somehow pissed you off, or that at the very least you don't like Steam or even gaming in general. I'm a casual gamer myself, but I think something unique like this would be a boon to both the console gaming arena and to GNU/Linux itself. I could be wrong of course, but I'm not going to hold the company to an expectation that no one out there, including the established players, could meet.

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RE[6]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Wed 12th Dec 2012 01:18 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Luminair"
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you're weaving tales. steambox doesn't make sense today, and I don't see how it makes sense in 12 months. this is not an extraordinary opinion.

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RE[7]: Comment by Luminair
by Morgan on Wed 12th Dec 2012 01:38 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Luminair"
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you're weaving tales.

No, I'm not lying about anything. I'm giving examples of why I think this is a good thing. You obviously feel it isn't, but you don't have to resort to name calling just to prove your side.

I may be wrong too, it wouldn't be the first time. But honestly, why so much grief over it? If they put it out and it flops, you can say "I told you so!" and go on with life. If they put it out and it succeeds, you can shrug your shoulders and still go on with life.

It's not like Valve is shoving this thing down your throat and making you buy one. Lighten up a bit or you'll do yourself an injury, man.

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