The lights are on
Speaking at LinuxCon in New Orleans, Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell made some surprising statements and hinted at an announcement next week. While Linux gaming is currently only a small portion of the Steam user profile, Newell is confident that the platform is going to be a major player.
According to an Ars Technica report, Newell stated that Valve is going to ensure that Linux has a place in gaming's future. Newell didn't reference the long anticipated Steam Box by name, but given the thrust of his talk about rivaling living room consoles, new information about the device wouldn't be surprising.
Last year, Newell called Windows 8 a "catastrophe," citing the operating system as a closed platform.
[Source: Ars Technica]
Our TakeThe time is right for an affordable living room computer that can take advantage of Steam's Big Picture mode. If Valve is able to bring a device to market that rivals the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and can compete on price, the company may sway people who aren't PC gamers because they prefer the couch to the computer chair.
Given Steam's library and the frequent sales, a Steam Box might have a benefit for console die-hards, too. Anything that introduces competition into the fight for the living room is likely to yield cost benefits for the end user.
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You had me when you put the words "Gabe Newell" and "Announcement" in the same sentence.
Intense, but I don't see the point of Valve making a console. Everyone is just going to end up buying yet another console, just to enjoy 2 or 3 more games they have been expecting from Valve for years now.
Come on Steam Box.
Valve is usually a pretty heavy hitter. When they do anything, it's big. I can't wait to see what they announce.
I've always wanted to PC game, never could afford a high-end computer. I wonder if it'd be powerful enough to run other games
this might replace my ps4 depending on how powerful it is