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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Call me crazy, but I feel this will help Nintendo. I'm a huge PC gamer, and I go with Nintendo because MOST games I like on PS3 and Xbox are multiplatorm and just run/look better on PC. I mean yeah I love Halo, Gears, and Metal Gear but still. Think of how many games from Sony/Microsoft you can get on Steam, quite a few, and they're ALWAYS cheaper for the most part. Now, think of how many games from Nintendo you can get on PC (LEGALLY lol). EXACTLY, zero, I'm not saying this will be the death of consoles as I highly doubt that, but if somebody wants to get into PC gaming, but doesn't want a huge rig this is the ticket for them. Then they realize, HMM I CAN GET THIS CHEAPER WITH MORE OPTIONS FOR MODS (Skyrim graphic mods, and macho man dragons lmao) ON STEAMBOX. This is especially the case for people looking for cheaper games. If I didn't already have a gaming rig I would definitely be looking into this, and I still might do so. I'm just waiting for some more info to roll out. As of right now if the price point is right this could be HUGE for Valve and PC gaming, if it's marketed properly.
It's risky, but you don't get anywhere without risk so I'm looking forward to seeing more about this in the future.
TV what steam box
Sweet. Having it work on my TV is going to make it convenient. Now how to pay for it...