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.
Thread beginning with comment 544769
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Kivada on Wed 12th Dec 2012 07:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Kivada
Member since:
2010-07-07

True, but what Valve is able to offer is the ability ot buy your games once and have them on whatever platforms Steam is available on, if their console does in fact run on bog standard x86_64 hardware with a more or less standard Linux dristro and a locked UEFI system then whats the problem to Linux uses if Valve also releases a Steam client for Linux? The games ported to the steamBox would play without modification, the SteamBox's UEFI would basically only be there for them to appease the MPAA if they wanted to offer things like Netflix.

By doing this Valve basically gets to kill 3 birds with one stone.Get the console gamers on board, get the Linux gaming market, all of it that has been forcing Steam to work in Wine for all these years as well as possibly more games ported to OS X since the leap from Linux to OS X is allot shorter then the leap from Windows to anything else.

All they have to do in convince a few publishers to release games on their platform, which in the case of Windows gaming makes them the 800Lb gorilla in the room. Microsoft doesn't have allot to stand on since if you look up "Games For Windows" it is universally reviled.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[4]: Comment by Kroc
by karunko on Thu 13th Dec 2012 08:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
karunko Member since:
2008-10-28

True, but what Valve is able to offer is the ability to buy your games once and have them on whatever platforms Steam is available on.

Only until they change their Terms of Service and you actually take the time to go through the mind-numbing legalese, spot some conditions you don't like and refuse to accept the new rules -- only to be locked out of your entire game collection!

Everyone seems to be in love with Valve and it's easy to overlook one very important detail: even without a monthly fee, STEAM is really a subscription service and you're not actually buying the games you think you are buying.

Also, I'm somewhat skeptic about a "STEAM Box" being based on any version of Linux. I mean, what would be the advantage from a business point of view? Why go through the trouble of convincing studios to add yet another platform? Why not just put the (existing) pieces together?


RT.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[5]: Comment by Kroc
by Kivada on Thu 13th Dec 2012 17:31 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Why convince game dev companies to support yet another platform? Because they already have to do so with every console generation. Each iteration of the xbox or playstation have been incompatible with the previous generation for native software, sure they included specialized hardware to allow for emulation of the previous generation's hardware to help get more console sold but that hardware eventually gets dropped by later versions of the consoles to cut production costs.

Having a Linux based console is actually easier for many developers anyways since they use Linux internally for development of their Windows games.

Furthermore Valve is a massive force in the gaming industry specifically due to their Steam platform which seems to be the only "App Store" that is actually loved by the Average Joe.

Would you rather see the gaming industry taken over by Microsoft completely with their store and choke out all the cross platform games by saying you you want to sell your game through the Windows store you can't port to anything else but the XBox?

I don't like Steam either, but I do like competition in the market.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[4]: Comment by Kroc
by zima on Mon 17th Dec 2012 15:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

what Valve is able to offer is the ability ot buy your games once and have them on whatever platforms Steam is available on, if their console does in fact run on bog standard x86_64 hardware with a more or less standard Linux dristro and a locked UEFI system then whats the problem to Linux uses if Valve also releases a Steam client for Linux?

Though, down the line, I bet Valve also eyes the possibility of Steam on Android...

Reply Parent Score: 2