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 JAlexoid on Wed 12th Dec 2012 11:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

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.

There is also the question of the price...

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Wed 12th Dec 2012 21:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-06-08

Yes, price is important, but building general purpose computer is much more useful than buying limited purpose console. So it usually pays off in different ways.

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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by zima on Mon 17th Dec 2012 15:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
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2005-07-06

Or you simply get an inexpensive laptop (even with OSS for example) and a console; laptops are already more popular than desktops ("building general purpose computer"? ...people don't do that, they grab a laptop; and an inexpensive console, if they like to game).

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