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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I hope they just do what that xi3 piston thing did and just use a easily customizable, small form factor system, I'd rather have windows than linux though, I have nothing against linux but it just is not supported as much as windows is
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I personally wouldn't be interested. I already have two Wii U's and I am planning on getting an Xbox One and PS4. Probably will get a Vita and another 3DS before even considering this.
I originally doubted the Steambox. Now, if they can actually get it out, I think it has a chance to disrupt Sony and especially, Microsoft.
It'll also be interesting to see what Google comes up with, if the Chromebox is in the same category.
Me and my 312 steam games very much want this. GIMME GIMME! As long as it can play the higher end stuff, I'm sold.
Forget the steambox, where's half life 3?
Well, now I'm really looking forward to next week to see where this actually leads.