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Submitted by Smurf1 1128d ago | news

Steam Box without Windows

The Valve developed PC-game-console Steam Box will seemingly be based in Linux, not Windows. And it's not the only exciting hardware project, that Valve will present in 2013. (Industry, PC)

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Lior  +   1128d ago
I KNEW IT!! move on nothing to see here.
vulcanproject  +   1128d ago | Intelligent
Obvious result is obvious. Windows comes with the expensive license fee. Linux does not and is utterly customisable.

Don't know with all the disagrees. Steambox really needs to be considered as a new platform, for new games to grow. I assume a lot of you expected it to just be a locked down windows PC????

It seemed fairly obvious to me this was not going to be the case from the day it was announced.

Valve are going linux this thing up, make sure whatever existing they can get running on it they get running, and then from that point on get games sorted for its OS.

It seems like that oh nooeeessss nothing will run on it. But in actual fact if Valve do this, in time, they may finally be able to break the windows stranglehold on DirectX driven games that OpenGL couldn't quite do.

Wasn't this the point? Isn't this whole thing stemming from Valve criticising Microsoft Windows 8 game store as being bad for publishers? Really Valve meant bad for Steam and us particularly.

Steam box is clearly their reaction, their attempt to break up the effective windows PC gaming monopoly.
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PurpHerbison  +   1128d ago
It's silly to justify yourself because a few people decided to hit disagree. They don't care what you have to say.
a_bro  +   1128d ago
you know what crazy about this... This is going to finally open the flood gates towards linux gaming. this is a big big deal, a bunch of gaming companies will go back to their previous games, and rewrite code just to make it work with Linux.

this is a big win for PC gamers.
Cueil  +   1128d ago
it wont work... there isn't enough reasons to even buy a steambox... buy a PC run 100x more games then the Steambox will run
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1128d ago
So this means devs will be encouraged to use openGl more??

Did valve find a way to make dx games work on linux?

Stick dx11 game in valve machine and opengl version pops out the back?

If so my PC says goodbye to MS when not using photoshop.

Gabe knows his stuff.

Gabe Newell: 'Trying to copy Apple will accelerate Microsoft's decline'

" Windows 8's early uptake lags behind Vista's"

2013 =
steam windows :( <- uninstalling
steam linux :) <- installing

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lfclee  +   1128d ago
bikar  +   1128d ago
OpenGL can do everything that directx does

If steambox will be ever born it's 100% that it will be linux
Their reaction to windows store is Steam for Linux
They even get Left for dead 2 run faster on linux than windows

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The_KELRaTH  +   1128d ago
It's also quite feasible that Steam will head to the courts to break MS's stranglehold on Directx - much in the same way it went with web browsers.
bozebo  +   1128d ago
Steambox is just a reasonable console-like solution for Linux gaming, it's not much different to installing Linux and Steam on standard PC hardware. Valve will probably release a sleek Linux distribution along side it (free for DL of course).

Any Mac game or PC game with an OpenGL renderer can easily be ported to Linux, this finally gives developers more of a reason to do so. It doesn't really change the gaming landscape much, unless people choose it instead of traditional consoles. I doubt it will have any exclusives, but it will share many games that are on PC but not PS4 or MS's next console.

Most importantly though, as time goes on vendors will be selling more powerful units - so as the next-gen consoles start to get a bit rough around the edges Steambox will still be getting more powerful. It uses PC hardware. They will probably designate standard sets of hardware each year to give developers something to aim for too, which will aide development. So if you want a console to sit under the TV that keeps up with the times and you don't want to build it yourself, there's a product out there for you. Also, Windows will eventually loose it's hold on PC gaming, the only reason I use Windows is for gaming because there are few games on Linux at the moment.
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fossilfern  +   1127d ago
I agree with what you said but its going to be a while before OpenGL becomes anywhere near the standard of D3D. Though Valve have created a Wrapper for D3D to OpenGL its still got some performance issues but I really want to see the day where I can use linux for all my games in the future!
nukeitall  +   1127d ago

Haven't I heard this before:

"just wait until... [insert your personal favorite thing-ak-ma-jig here]!"

Linux has been saying it for years, then it was Ubuntu, and now it is the SteamBox. Nothing has changed other than the wording of "just wait until..."!

What is ironic is if Linux ever took off, imagine all the issues you would have. It's as if Windows gaming isn't a hassle enough already, you now are getting Linux!

I barely bother with Windows these days for gaming, let alone Linux even though I use it extensively for work. I can't imagine a non-tech and patient person use Linux.
Kevin ButIer  +   1127d ago
I think steambox will open a lot of possibilities, specially for those who are not into hardcore PC gaming but want to have a taste of it without its complexity.
fermcr  +   1128d ago
Since most PC games, and most Steam games, use DirectX, how is Valve going to make Steam Box without Windows. How many games on Steam support Linux ? 40 or 50? What about the rest of the games ?

I have more then a 100 games on my steam account, and only 2 or 3 have support for Linux. I'm not buying a console just to play 2 or 3 games i have in my account.

BTW, is Steam Box going to have exclusives?... if not then what's the point of Steam Box. I can connect my PC to a TV.
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Computersaysno  +   1128d ago
Vulcanproject above said really the point. If it was just a windows pc in a small box, then anyone can get a windows pc in a small box right now!

Steambox is supposed to be a new type of accessible gaming platform, more like a console in terms of usability, but open like a Pc. So don't expect it to have a full backwards compatibility of every Pc game available on steam. Expect it to support a small list of linux games. Then wait for that library to grow as devs start to build NEW games for it properly.

So a nice fixed spec environment for devs to build their new games in, with the most open platform around. More than the consoles especially and more than windows!

It is the final evolution of the merging of console and Pc gaming that has been happening for a decade now. Consoles have become more like Pcs, and pcs more usable like consoles.

Steambox is where both come crashing together.

If valve can mix the best of console like usability and nice programming environments for devs with the best of Pc like openness and greater customisability, could be a big hit.
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hkgamer  +   1128d ago
The steambox isn't really meant for current steam users. Since steam users have a high chance of having a pretty decent gaming rig.

What the steambox needs to do is actually sell the box cheaper than I can build one with similar specs. If they cannot achieve that then it would be a complete and utter fail.

Good news for linux users though, however I do not know a single person who uses linux and likes gaming, Linux is more for IT geeks.
3GenGames  +   1128d ago
Linux isn't hard to port games too. Hell, it's actually MUCH easier to make games on Linux rather than Windows with OpenGL. OpenGL is a dream compared to DirectX API. Faster, more features, everything is worse with Windows. Plus, Linux runs better than Windows on the same hardware, especially old machines. But the games shouldn't be hard to port. They'll have to adapt their games to Linux with OpenGL. Or they'll have to start a project with Linux in mind from the start and use better technologies on Windows. It's not a huge deal honestly, especially when most code is "subroutined" to be easily ported. PC gamers should love this as Linux is so much more efficient than Windows, and has so many more flavors+options, and is just all around better for a modern platform. You can put $100 more twords a better GPU instead of spending it on a OS to run games on.

I dual boot Win7 and Mint 14.1 Cinnamon, probably always will have Windows as it's a good legacy OS with how long it's been supported, but outside of legacy software, Linux does everything better and faster. If gaming comes to Linux...there becomes zero reason to not support Linux on desktops from manufactures. And with Win8's CRAP interface, you may see Mint coming to a computer near you...soon!

All you who 64-bit Hardware-Accelrated PC idles 180MB RAM usage. How much does Windows take? A lot more.

Last big feature? RAM DISK. If you get 16GB of RAM and make a huge 5GB RAM disk, you can shove all OS files to RAM. Linux will be much faster then, even when it's 2x as fast as windows by default. The stuff it offers for gamers to maximize their performance is unparalleled. Hence why Facebook, Google, Twitter, Myspace and even APPLE websites all powered by Linux servers.
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fermcr  +   1128d ago
"Linux isn't hard to port games too. Hell, it's actually MUCH easier to make games on Linux rather than Windows with OpenGL. OpenGL is a dream compared to DirectX API. Faster, more features, everything is worse with Windows."

Who told you that ?

If OpenGL is so much easier to make games, if it is better and has more features then directx, then why don't more developers use it ?
Since it can be used with Windows and Linux, why don't most PC exclusive developers use it ?

Have you ever thought that maybe directx is easier, better, has more features then opengl, and that's why most developers use it ?

... Or do you think Microsoft paid up every single developer so that they use directx instead of opengl ?
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SilentNegotiator  +   1128d ago
So I can hook my PC to my TV and play all Steam games, or buy SteamBox and play all 3* Linux supported games.

*That's hyperbole.
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ATi_Elite  +   1128d ago
Microsoft is BAD for PC Gaming!
MS wants to wrap everything up on the PC into Xbox Live and force PC Gamers to have to deal with that CRAP! Xbox Live may be good for consolers but PC Gamers want no part of it!

Remember Games For Windows Live...Oh Gosh what a Crap load of a mess that was! PC Gamers use to buy games and apply the Pirate Patch just to get rid of GFWL cause it was so bad!

Steambox will offer a easy way to get into PC Gaming for the PC illiterate and not have to deal with Microsoft!

For us PC savy folks we can keep our PC's and just roll with the flow as we already have tools and things to bypass windows8 and continue playing great PC Games without a hassle from Microsoft like just using Win7 or a Patch!

PC Gaming is all about Gamers having the freedom of customization and being in direct contact with Devs and Valve is upholding that tradition unlike Microsoft who wants to Lock down windows and start charging everyone for every little thing!

Wont be long before Microsoft starts charging gamers separately for the meantime OpenGL is just as good and FREE!

MS feels they OWN PC Gaming cause most PC's run Windows but they are WRONG....a PC doesn't have to have a MS OS to play Games and Valve is leading the way in the long list of people in the Gaming Industry who wish to move away from all things MS!
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SilentNegotiator  +   1128d ago
I would be delighted if PC gaming broke free of the Microsoft monopoly. They are TERRIBLE for PC gaming - they've spent an entire generation trying to Xbox-ize PC gaming.

Linux is where the real spirit of PC gaming lies and I hope it becomes an equal platform for it some day.
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Cueil  +   1128d ago
No... I don't have the time or energy to point out everything wrong with what your typed, but nothing is ever as it seem or as simple as people like to make it... nothing is "free" certainly not for commercially sold applications
SilentNegotiator  +   1128d ago
The only place Elite says or suggests completely "Free" is in reference to OpenGL.

And OpenGL is owned by a non-profit and is royalty-free.

Of all of the things that are "wrong" that you "don't have time" to counter, you chose a really bad one to go after.
Rush  +   1128d ago
Disclaimer: In the interest of saving everyone's time this is going to be a pro Microsoft comment of sorts so I would advise that most of you simply hit disagree and forgo reading the comment.


So many dimwits on this site.... "Microsoft is bad for PC gaming" MS is PC gaming, without MS 97 percent of the PC gaming market simply wouldn't be there. But for a second lets look at the alternative, and say MS didn't challenge Apple and take the PC market by storm what then?

It's reasonably logical to assume Apple would of cornered the PC market without MS's influence, is Apple good for PC gaming, then all PC games could be run on Apple devices right and only be bought through the Appstore, what an fing fabulous idea!

Lets shift the argument the other way, the PS2 cornered the last gen console market and destroyed its competitors leaving Sony in a position to basically charge whatever licencing fees to developers it liked also giving them control of whatever creative content made it onto consoles for around 3 years without any "real" competition. Was the PS2 bad for console gaming because I was under the impression it was pretty fing awesome.

"PC Gaming is all about Gamers having the freedom of customization and being in direct contact with Devs and Valve is upholding that tradition unlike Microsoft who wants to Lock down windows and start charging everyone for every little thing!"

Really really now? pc gaming is about "gamers having the customise and have contact with Devs" The customise part fine that is certainly a by product of PC gaming due to the vast differences in hardware. But contact with Devs? I guess you pulled that out of your ass like the rest of your argument.

As for the locking down of Windows do I agree with it no. Is windows more locked down then Apples ecosystems no. Is windows more locked down than Google's ecosystems no. Is windows more locked down than Nintendo's ecosystems no. Is Windows more locked down than Sony's ecosystems no. Is windows more locked down than the Xbox's ecosystem no.

But I guess by your dumb ass standards all of the above is attempting to ruin gaming.
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SilentNegotiator  +   1127d ago

"without MS 97 percent of the PC gaming market simply wouldn't be there"

Video games existed before Microsoft and so did PC gaming. Games would have been developed on whatever systems became popular - today we no longer need giant corporations for something like an OS to be popular, because we have the information super-highway to spread the word on things and make things like downloading easy.

You're just living in the past to defend Microsoft, plain and simple.
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Gamer1982  +   1128d ago
Problem with Linux? Devs will hold the console back..
JsonHenry  +   1127d ago
What this means for Linux support in games though?!?!?!

I finally see a future where there is enough native support for gaming under a Linux OS I may finally be able to ditch windows for good.
tdogchristy90  +   1128d ago
I wonder what the community would do if valve was to release theirs at e3 (confirming the "at least one console at e3 rumor) and Sony and MS did hold off on showing their consoles until e3 2014, further delaying next gen.
Muffins1223  +   1128d ago
Nope all of them will show it this gen xbox and next ps4 wil both be shown this e3..
The_Infected  +   1128d ago
Makes me happy to know this. Although I some figured this is what Valve would do.
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DarkBlood  +   1128d ago
i wonder if anything i got from steam would work on the steam box
ronin4life  +   1128d ago
I would think so, especially if it is just an optomized computer you hook to a tv. You can already access a steam account on multiple pcs.
kindi_boy  +   1128d ago
You both need to know what an OS is...
DarkBlood  +   1128d ago
well i know what an operation system is at least limitly

everything i have here
Amnesia The Dark Descent
portal *free from steam*
portal 2 *free from ps3 version*
left 4 dead
starwars knights of the old republic
starwars battlefront 2

i think i had to get old republic configured for sound issues as im using windows vista

so base on that im just wondering if im going to have too much of a problem having my purchases work on another operating system it wasnt fully intended for?
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aquamala  +   1128d ago
These are the games on steam that works n Linux, grand total of only 41 games, as of now MAC has more supported games on Steam.

wishingW3L  +   1128d ago
41 games is pretty good for a launch of a new console and after this more and more will be added since devs will want to crack that market too.
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kindi_boy  +   1128d ago
Not a single game that would actually sell a console... No big names at all.
JonnyBigBoss  +   1128d ago
Thank goodness. I really hate Microsoft.
Hingle_Mcringleberry  +   1128d ago
I'm sure nobody is losing any over that.
RandomDude655  +   1128d ago
Linux is having a huge resurgence, if you count android.
3GenGames  +   1128d ago
Love all the disgarees on this! Most technology runs a Linux kernel, MANY more Linux computers out there than anything else. It's the future....and the future started years ago, haha.

I don't understand...why fight it? Linux is free, the OS's are free, the software is faster+better+MODERN. Plus, you get many more OS's, and many more updates. Linux is used for a reason. And it's not because it's crap.
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kindi_boy  +   1128d ago
I understand everything you say, am an IT major, for the love of God geeks need to realize that people are not going to use linux as they imagine it has been around for years and never took off. Linux is base in the background of every hole doesn't matter. What matter is ease of use... am 100% sure that valve will lock down their box as well they are not better than microsoft they are just another competitor, the more the better.
Megaton  +   1128d ago
Game compatibility is going to be a pretty big issue for awhile if they're going to use Linux. There are currently 41 games on Steam that work for Linux, and they're almost all indies. I think the only exceptions are Valve's own games.
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sandman224  +   1128d ago
That's great news. A gaming PC without windows built in. Now all the dum dumbs can use it.
Trago1337  +   1128d ago
no surprise, considering how much (Deserved) Smack talk Windows 8 has been getting.
Cueil  +   1128d ago
That's funny... I seem to be having no problems running my Steam software and games on my Windows 8 computer... imagine that... and they generally run better... who would have thought... but it's a piece of crap right? GTFO here
Trago1337  +   1128d ago
I'm sorry, but when you Tailor your new Operating system to Tablet users and leave us Desktop users in the dust with what is quite possibly the WORST Desktop user interface I've ever seen, yes, the smack talk it's receiving is absolutely deserved.

There's a reason everyone's calling Windows 7 the New XP.
kindi_boy  +   1128d ago
I don't get why people keep saying windows 8 is bad, every single game I have runs better on 8 than on 7. It boots faster, stuff works as they should or better.
iistuii  +   1128d ago
Agree, but don't forget this is N4G's so anything Microsoft gets a disagree.
Mikefizzled  +   1127d ago
I bought 8 as well and even as a person who services pc for a living its a lot nicer to use then xp and once onto desktop its even easier to use than vista and 7.
RuleofOne343  +   1128d ago
Wonder how long before all games Published by MS or games backed by MS are removed on request by MS, I say right before this hits the market sounds right. Hope from here on out MS one ups Valve at every move they make.
CapsLocke  +   1128d ago
A new force coming to gaming industry which will sift the balance greatly. Now imagine HL3 as an opening, exclusive title for SteamBox!
hazardman  +   1128d ago
I can honestly say I want half life 3 bad, but please explain to me how steambox is going to shift the balance of power against 3 veteran console makers are you expecting everyone to defect once it comes out?
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wishingW3L  +   1128d ago
just like the PS1 did back in the day and then the Xbox... Isn't Chrome the newest browser and now is eating market share from IE little by little at a steady pace?
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hazardman  +   1128d ago
I use Mozilla Firefox. I dont like Chrome or IE.
sashimi  +   1128d ago
They haven't even finished HL2 yet lol...seriously
Raoh  +   1128d ago
I'm pretty much in. I only run windows for pc games. I can do everything else on my tablets and smartphone.

Steambox + PS4 + Nexus 7 + iPhone 5 + AppleTV = bye bye windows pc.

I'm turning that thing into a media server to stream my movies and music, so really an iTunes/PlayOn server.
Tr10wn  +   1128d ago
so let me get this straight, you will replace your pc with a phone a table a tv and 2 gaming console and you'll be using your pc to hear music using iTunes??? such a terrible choices but... cool story bro.
Raoh  +   1127d ago
Not to listen to music to stream as a server. My itunes streams to my iphone, ipad, nexus 7, ps3, appletv. I also use music unlimted with my ps3, ps vita and iphone, sadly the app hasn't been updated for nexus 7. Or even while watching shows like the walking dead on cable there are tablet friendly websites providing second screen polls and games and info.

I normally play a ps3 game and have a tablet or vita set up on the side for forums/web/netflix on the side. This is why I prefer push to talk over open mic as well.

There are apps like isyncr/rocket player that will read my itunes playlist and sync with android. I use dlna apps to stream my itunes movies/tv show folders to these devices as well with apps like boxee and PlayOn.

Forum wise I will leave my tabelt with stand up on the side and follow most forums via tapatalk.

I only built my pc for pc gaming, with steambox I could turn my pc into a server. For a little more intense and traditional computer uses, i also have a company laptop at home my job has me hold for remote assistance and on call weekends.

Steve Jobs was on the money with "Post PC World", so yeah, your right, I guess it is a cool story.

DiRtY  +   1128d ago
Steambox will fail. Not because it does not run Windows, but because

- Valve is too small for the market.
- No exclusives except Valve games, especially when you consider games that actually move hardware. Left 4 Dead, Half Life and a bunch of DLC games like CS:GO.
- They never built their own hardware before.
- They have no clue how to market such a device.
- Marketing budget is significantly lower than the ones of Nintendo, Sony or MS.
- Casual gamers don't even care at all.

Just to put the size of Valve in context: More people work at 343 industries (MS development team for Halo) than at Valve. Combined. How the hell do they want to build something like a first party lineup?

Valve has 2.5 billion USD in equity. (Wikipedia) For comparison MS: 66.7 billion USD, Sony: 23 billion USD, Nintendo: 12 billion USD.

They have even lower chances than MS to succeed in Japan, because PC gaming is tiny over there, so hardly anyone knows them in Japan. And yeah, they don't have a single franchise that appeals to this market.

When Sony and MS release their new consoles at the end of this year - who will ditch a new Xbox or Playstation in favor of a steambox?

I like Valve games and Steam has some good deals every now and then, but this will not end well for them.
ylwzx3  +   1128d ago
I like how you are so confident in that "fail" statement. You know nothing. Moving on.
kevnb  +   1128d ago
its not a console, its just another htpc. Its got some strong branding, what else does it need? The success of pc gaming doesnt depend on the steam box, its just another option.
kindi_boy  +   1128d ago
Your logic in business fails terribly.

- Valve is too small for the market.

What the hell are you talking about, THEY ARE THE PC GAMING MARKET.

- No exclusives except Valve games, especially when you consider games that actually move hardware. Left 4 Dead, Half Life and a bunch of DLC games like CS:GO.

no really?! No exclusives for a device that is not even out yet? what are you smoking...

- They never built their own hardware before.

umm, they are not a single man it's a damn company, companies are not a live, they have people in them. People can be brought in, companies talk to other companies, I have to go on...

- They have no clue how to market such a device.

You should worry more about more pressing matters than this. (check point number 2), it's actually non of your business.

- Marketing budget is significantly lower than the ones of Nintendo, Sony or MS.

So "%#%#" What?! Have you heard of OUYA?!

- Casual gamers don't even care at all.

Why should they be in everything!? Maybe they won't be targeted at all.

It may still fail but not for the "reasons" you are 100% sure of, because your reasons fail common sense.
DiRtY  +   1128d ago
"What the hell are you talking about, THEY ARE THE PC GAMING MARKET."

Yeah and MS is the OS market and that didn't help them when they entered the home console market with the original Xbox. Do you think PC gamers will go to home consoles now, because Valve offers a hardware product?

They don't have the fundings, budgets, manpower, for this kind of business. 293 people work at Valve - as I said there were more people working on games like Halo 4 or Assassin's Creed 3. They really are too small for this.

"no really?! No exclusives for a device that is not even out yet? what are you smoking... "

As I said, the only way to get new exclusives is to recruit so much more developers (like 300% of the entire company now) or pay other developers to support you. Recruiting and finding top developers is not easy, believe me. That is my job, I am a headhunter for IT professionals.

When MS entered that market, they bough Rare for 350 million, the bought Lionhead, they built Turn10, they bought Bungie. That is like a 700 million USD investment, just for a first party lineup that Valve has not done yet. And 700 million is quite a number for a smaller company like Valve (compared to MS).

"You should worry more about more pressing matters than this. (check point number 2), it's actually non of your business."

Am I not allowed to talk about this? I like to see things from a business perspective and this is a rational point.

"So "%#%#" What?! Have you heard of OUYA?!"

Yeah, I did. Your point?
Marketing budgets exist for a reason. Sony spends more than 5 billion for it, every year. MS about 1.6 billion (both for the whole company). Where do you see Valve here?

"Why should they be in everything!? Maybe they won't be targeted at all."

Because, whether you like it or not, they are a part of this industry. They do matter. Ask Nintendo how they won this generation.

IMO Valve has to market the Steambox as another device than a gaming console. But what should it be? A multimedia HUB? Well it does not run Windows, apps are limited and consoles are multimedia HUBs by now anyway and Smart TVs will be just that right out of the box in a couple of years. I just don't see a reason to put another thing under my HDTV.

The Steambox has to offer something we have never seen before to justify its existence. Both of us ran out of bubbles, feel free to PN me.
Norrison  +   1127d ago
PC gaming tiny in asian countries? Nope, PC is the most popular platform there, RTS games tournaments are aired on TVs.

Steam got as many users as Xbox 360s sold. Steam is well known. And Valve has been growing really fast. It doesn't matter if Valve doesn't have a big budget, PC gaming didn't need marketing to reach 50m+ steam users.

Also all valve games are better on PC, Mods, free dlc and never lose support.
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madjedi  +   1128d ago
Sorry i would drop $600-800 on rebuilding my pc for gaming, before spending $300-400 on steambox for valve games and a few indie titles.

Valve makes some vary good games, so do alot of other 3rd party devs, it doesn't mean we need 7 or 8 consoles one for each major publisher.
ylwzx3  +   1128d ago
OpenGL :)
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R_A_LEE20  +   1128d ago
No windows in Steam Box, gee that doesn't surprise me. Hate consoles that have see though plastic that shows the insides.
AO1JMM  +   1128d ago
The only way I would even consider buying a Steam box was the exclusivity of Half Life 3. By exclusive I mean not even on PC Steam or 720/PS4. I already got a Wii U and plane on buying the 720/PS4 so it would need a huge exclusive game to get my $$$$.
InTheLab  +   1128d ago
Again...Big picture mode makes Steambox pointless. I am interested in a Steambox controller. Xbox controllers stink for certain games and extended usage.
ApexHell  +   1128d ago
any thing that benefits gaming on linux in the end is a great thing.

ive used wine on a few games framerates were bearable but not the greatest. I would love to get 90% of all devs to nativly support linux with there games then ill never need windows again haha.
Pillsbury1  +   1128d ago
I hear people being worried about developers having to rewrite code for the steambox but guess what? Each generation comes new hardware and a new way to code for it. Valve is going to start from scratch with games developed with the steam box just like all the other next gen consoles take time for games to be developed. Valve is not stupid they will bring some hard hitting exclusives to steambox or there will be no reason to own it.
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cleft5  +   1128d ago
It's called an HDMI Cable people, you don't need a console to run PC games on your tv or in Linux on your tv. Save yourself a few hundred dollars and go buy an additional HDMI cable at monoprice for less than $5.
DOOMZ  +   1128d ago
Why Linux? I would have bought this if it was on MS...
Fakdafakinfakerz  +   1128d ago
Because Gabe doesn't want to sell his soul to MS.
KMCROC54  +   1127d ago
He won't have to they will buy it & this box then lock it away never to be heard from again.
Fakdafakinfakerz  +   1127d ago
You know how it works, my comrade. Da, da...
Father Murder X  +   1128d ago
This doesn't make any sense to me personally. Most gamers who are on Steam take pride in their gaming rigs. Who would give that up for a generic console. This just doesn't make any sense. Seems like they are trying to monopolize pc gaming. God forbid if this was microsoft that did this.
I am on steam and I already can connect my pc to my television. I always considered PC gaming to be a more personal experience than console gaming. This has fail all over it. You can't be successful catering to the hardcore/core gamers. The average gamer probably has never heard of Valve or Steam. Maybe they will be streaming?
This has fail all over it!!
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ISNeko  +   1127d ago
Some games just feel and play better with a controller. Granted not a lot, but I personally enjoy my side scrolling platformers with a controller any day.

and I'm with you to a point, I have an ATI 6870 rig in the living room already, but this is a great way for other gamers to see the PC light you know.

You know how gratifying it is to invite a friend over to play a game and after a while of holding his controller he notices how super pretty the game looks. Yeah, its a PC, lol.
evil_element  +   1127d ago
You forget, steam's offer this box as an option to people who can't do gaming rigs. Its not being forced on us.
kevnb  +   1128d ago
why still calling an htpc a console?
Drithe  +   1128d ago
I will support this console. I love indie games. They are fun and they are CHEAP! I will support anything that is against Microsoft as well.

As long as I dont have to pay a monthly fee to play that is. I despise Playstation Plus.

It's really going to come down to the price of Vavle's new machine.

But, I hear, that it's going to be really cheap to make games for Valve's system, and if this is so, many game companies will come flocking to Valve. It costs tons of mula to make a game for MS or Sony, not to mention it costs a ton of money for each DLC or patch you have to put on a game. With Valve it will be cheap.

This means more games, more companies taking chances on new types of games, and more upstart companies making cool games.

We need new competition, and if Valve plays it right, they could shake the industry up good.

End of Line.
WeAreLegion  +   1128d ago
It would be a LOT smarter to partner with Google Chrome OS.

I love Valve and they have geniuses working there. However, even the smartest people can't foresee something that the public does not know.

Trust me. Chrome OS is what you'll want to go with. That full release is going to be a big one.
evil_element  +   1127d ago
No one wants Valve to be controlled by a marketing company. Forcing advertisements into games and choking the community into dishing out personnel details.
Dlacy13g  +   1128d ago
The Irony is Valve wants to break free from Windows because MS wants to break PC gaming free from Valve. Its a funny circle if you stop and really look at it.
evil_element  +   1127d ago
Irony is Microsoft wants to take gamers back to 'Games for Windows Live' using the 360 system. But that was the whole point of why people hated GFWL. GFWL crushed indie developers, modding community and start up companies by imposing fee's and licenses everywhere.

While providing a very poor service, forcing PC gamers to abide by paying fee's and offer next to no real PC gaming options. GFWL = You can't play any game external to it which it owns.
ISNeko  +   1128d ago
If this helps Linux gaming I'll be very happy. I love Linux, but as a gamer its not really the best option...
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DJ  +   1128d ago
No surprise. Xbox 360 runs Windows, so Valve will stick with the free OS that's already been battle tested. Linux.
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