The lights are on
Rumors of a Valve console have been circulating for quite some time, and here's some more difficult to confirm information to add to the fire.
Valve's man in charge Gabe Newell has offered a few quotes in regard to the success of Steam's
Big Picture Mode and bringing the PC into the living room that strongly
hint that a Valve console is in the company's future. In typical
Valve fashion, however, it's all very ambiguous and secretive.
A NeoGAF user has posted a link and translations from German website Golem.de where Valve employee Ben Krasnow spoke at a conference in December about a Valve console. Apparently it will be based in Linux rather than Windows in the interest of delivering an open platform for developers. Also, Newell doesn't care for Windows 8. Krasnow also said that Valve will reveal more about the hypothetical console this year.
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So, here is a question: how well does Linux handle the porting of Windows games? Every game on Steam runs on Windows with only a few having Linux support. It seems as though there has to be some kind of WINE implementation for this to work well. Can someone tell me if that type of software is ready for prime time on a box like this?
Kinda makes sense.
It'll be interesting.
Hopefully it'll have 1TB and great specs.
But most importantly the PSN hackers can now embrace this.
Does this mean they'll (well not them I suppose) be porting all of their games to Linux?
Not that I use it.
Instead of a new console I think Valve should just make a steam application for consoles. That way gamers aren't torn even more between consoles. Also it will allow console gamers that can't afford a decent PC to be able to experience how BA steam is eh
Not sure I trust a company primarily focused on software to create good hardware. For us older gamers there was a time a company tried. They were called 3DO, and the system pretty much put the whole company out of business.
If this makes it easier for developers to port their games or to make certain modifications I am all for it. While not entirely OS savvy I do understand that Linux is the most open.
Package it with Half Life 3 and it will sell very well.
Ok as long as I can play Dota 2, and Team Fortress 2 we're all good lol. I mean if they come out with a console that has all of their things from Steam on it, which I'm assuming it will obviously, I'm all in. I love their Steam service and can't get enough of it, if they could bring that to console form with a dedicated controller and everything I would freak. Also if I can use my current SteamID that way I can keep all of my games and just play them on the console, sort of like big picture mode, that would be amazing as well. I mean a Valve console and a Nintendo console would be perfect for me as I pretty much stick to PC and Ninty for the most part anyway.
Well, this seems like a bad idea. While specs are needed to see if this will be enticing, I would bet that its as powerful as a Wii-U, with Linux, due to production costs. Unless this thing costs 600-900, it would be hard to reach less than powerful specs for stuff. And if its using steam, it might become obsolete a year after launch (which is true about every console, if you compare them to PC's). While thats not bad for the 360 and other consoles because developers can always just lower the specs, and design it just for that console,vthe steam library is always getting titles that push high-powered PC's. But, I could be horribly wrong, and it could be great, but I'll be cautiously optimistic.