Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Sep 2013 21:46 UTC

Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.

Where Sony and Microsoft follow the iOS model for consoles, Valve is aiming for the Android model, including Valve's own line of 'Nexus' devices. As Valves notes, no restrictions - you can change the hardware, software, and install any operating system you want. The right approach, obviously.

The cooperation between Valve and NVIDIA is quite close, as NVIDIA details on its blog:

Engineers from Valve and NVIDIA have spent a lot of time collaborating on a common goal for SteamOS: to deliver an open-platform gaming experience with superior performance and uncompromising visuals directly on the big screen.

NVIDIA engineers embedded at Valve collaborated on improving driver performance for OpenGL; optimizing performance on NVIDIA GPUs; and helping to port Valve's award-winning content library to SteamOS; and tuning SteamOS to lower latency, or lag, between the controller and onscreen action.

This is going to be big. After being defeated in mobile, it seems Microsoft is facing another frontal assault on another one of its strongholds: gaming, whether it be Windows or Xbox.

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RE: Who is going to buy them?
by allanregistos on Fri 27th Sep 2013 00:49 UTC in reply to "Who is going to buy them?"
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* Die hard PC gamers, build their own rigs.
* Console gamers typically buy consoles.
* Normal people buy a console.

In the late 90s, I am a die-hard PC gamer, but because of work, I've not even touch a single game for almost a decade save a few 2D games. But the way I see console gaming against P.C. gaming, P.C. gaming is the best experience and you have the best game available. You can fine-tune your game to used whatever CPU/GPU speed you have in your computer.

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