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Submitted by skyward 931d ago | news

Portal Co-Creator: A Steam Console Would Be 'Extremely Successful'

NowGamer: Is a secret Steam console in development at Valve? games™’s interview with Portal creator Kim Swift suggests there may well be. (Industry, Kim Swift, Next-Gen, PC, Portal, Steam, Tech, Valve, Valve Software)

Titanz  +   931d ago
Now that Sony has that Gaikai deal
I'm fully expecting Valve to launch their steambox console (however, I don't know when).
Persistantthug  +   931d ago
No.....a full console from Valve would probably send Valve into bankruptcy.
It takes ALOT of capital & ALOT of know how to bring a worldwide console to success, ALOT of partnerships......and as successful as Valve is in their own Arena, I think the best Valve could do right now is partner up and provide the online infrastructure, or something like that.

Think about how many BILLIONS it cost Microsoft to practically barge into the console industry.
That would destroy Valve.
TopDudeMan  +   931d ago
I think it would have been a great idea, but they did deny it.
joab777  +   931d ago
i think working with a console will be much more beneficial. Everyone who has a pc has steam. Console owners feel very comfortable with their consoles. So, u would b a 4th option at best. And how does it work? Are the games settings based on ur pc? If so, this would be great for next gen consoles. It simply broadens the base. It is different than onlive etc. because it uses the hardware to determine quality.

Unless the steam box is gonna offer something new, it would b a big risk for a company with little overhead right now. They can still strike a deal with playstation as steam is much different than onlive etc., as mentioned above. Though, if i am microsoft or sony, i create my own steam linked to xbl and psn and its stats and friends.
seanpitt23  +   931d ago
I don't think it's the time yet probably after ps4 generation then it would work then I just think internet will be alot faster in 5 years time and this would need a faster connection for downloading massive games like mp3 for example 35gb that's big and future games are going to be alot bigger than that.
AgreeFairy  +   931d ago
I don't see the point of a Steam Console. Just build a PC instead.
frankiebeans  +   931d ago
I would buy it just so I could play games with mod support and pc games that i like with a controller and buy all my games digitally so im in for 1 if it comes out.
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kevnb  +   931d ago
That's fine, but already easily done.
sorceror171  +   931d ago
It's not going to be a console. It's going to be a hardware standard, like Intel's "Ultrabook". It'll be a certification program that will allow hardware makers to declare to consumers, 'this box will play Steam games well'.

Valve doesn't need to make hardware that way. And hardware vendors get marketing help at little expense. An evolutionary move, not a revolutionary one.
SilentNegotiator  +   931d ago
Cheaper games, lots of sales, great features for free....I don't see any real reason why it would do poorly.
kevnb  +   931d ago
Small prebuilt PC with a good price and proper marketing. It would be epic.
mananimal  +   930d ago
Who cares, all its gonna be is a DIGITAL SETTOP BOX to download games, NO DISC, so nothing different than what it ALREADY IS. Just another new way or avenue to EVANGELIZE the masses , , INDOCTRINATE game consumers into accepting DRM(DIGTIAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT). You STILL HAVE NO CONTROL over you gaming experience ultimately. You pay to play & ONLY WHEN THEY SAY YOU CAN PLAY since YOU THE GAMER have NO CONTROL of WHEN your local IP goes down(the internet) or WHEN the Games Service goes down(Steam, OnLive, etc). Like Birds at the Zoo, trapped in a cage. lol, gee whiz sheeple.

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