The lights are on
A new interview offers a number of details about what’s being planned for Valve’s entry into TV-based gaming.
The Verge posted today an extensive interview with Gabe Newell, in which the Valve CEO offers more information about the long-rumored Steam Box.
Among a number of other insights, Newell discusses plans to have the Steam Box be multiple different computer models that each have similar goals -- namely of letting people interact with their Valve games on any of their home monitors, including TVs. Valve plans to release a version of the Box that runs off Linux, but you’ll be able to install Windows if you like. Valve is also open to other companies creating and releasing their own versions of the Steam Box.
Newell also expressed that Valve explored the possibility of motion gaming, but didn’t find any ways to make games “fundamentally better,” so don't expect a Valve version of Kinect or Move anytime soon. He also suggests that Valve is interested in letting users host their own “stores,” which should help to surface a variety of different content on Steam, guided by strong users who can act to direct other players to good content and games.
Check out the full interview, and then swing back by and let us know what you think about Newell’s plans for the Steam Box in the comments below.
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A DIRE WARNING- I just got myself lost in the comments of the interview page, for an hour, DONT GO THERE. Much debating.
I rather have them focus in real good productions, than gimmicks such as the kinect.
Sooooo it's a PC with a Steam logo on it?
So... It's Steam.... on a TV.
I think this is a great way for PC's to get a bigger mainstream presence from those that are mostly console gamers. Especially since Steam is widely considered as the most ease of access to great AAA as well as indie content.
That made me pretty happy reading that interview. This guy is a revolutionary. I think he's seeing the trends and adapting, no, innovating. here's the mobile scene. here's streaming vs downloading. here's consumer created content. here's scalability. here's...
he's seeing these issues, and coming up with solutions. not just to solve a problem, but to make gaming even better. let's put 8 screens and one box into people's houses. lets make your mobile game the same as your PC game, just scale it up to look even better on your PC.
This looks amazing. Everything Valve has done is pure gold. I love their philosophy and the way they see the gaming industry. If it was anyone else, I wouldnt really be that interested, but since its Valve, I have total faith in them. Can't wait to know more!
The idea of user stores is real cool. Following people who are game savvy is going to do great things for games that AREN'T the same overproduced garbage from Ubi Soft, EA, Activision and those buttholes.
And you know what would be a great launch title with these steam boxes... Half Life 3.... but that is probably not gonna happen
I hope it wouldn't cost a arm and leg! Hey Valve how about another Portal game!? You can make it where she has to go back and free the rest of the human from cold sleep!
This looks crazy cool!