Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Sep 2013 21:44 UTC

Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, said today that Linux is the future of gaming despite the minuscule share of the market it has today.

That seems hard to believe, given that Newell acknowledged Linux gaming generally accounts for less than one percent of the market by any measure including players, player minutes, and revenue. But Valve is going to do its best to make sure Linux becomes the future of gaming by extending its Steam distribution platform to hardware designed for living rooms.

"Half-Life 3 - SteamBox/Linux exclusive". There, chicken and egg problem solved.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by res0r9lm on Fri 20th Sep 2013 04:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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I would buy a linux console especially if it was easy to upgrade hardware before xbox1 or PS4. I don't know why people think that linux users are cheapskates when so many users just get pirated copies windows. I've been running linux since windows millennium because its a better OS.

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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sat 21st Sep 2013 17:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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An upgradeable linux console already exists in the form of a pc running linux, with games installed on it -- the basic jist of what a Steam Box is. Creating a small form-factor pre-built pc with linux pre-installed on it isn't exactly groundbreaking. Even when/if the Steam Box moves from vaporware to something you can actually buy, it's got an unimaginable mountain to climb to become any kind of serious competition to Xbox/Playstation. The Steam Box seems to be little more than sticking a pc behind your tv and replacing the keyboard/mouse with a gaming controller.

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