Submitted by GizmoFusion 1245d ago | article

Will Steam Ever Make it to Consoles?

Before you even begin to read this you are probably asking yourself, why in the world would console manufacturers EVER allow Steam to be available and take away from the limited digital downloads they already sell? I agree, it sounds crazy. But, take a step back and think about this for a second. (Next-Gen, PC, PS3, Steam Valve, Valve, Valve Software, Xbox 360)

VittoScaletta28  +   1245d ago
would make sense to those who own pc's. to be able to play the same game on a console and a pc, might just work.
DeadlyFire  +   1245d ago
Next-gen. This gen is already set. PS3, X360, Wii Operation systems would have to allow for apps to exist and run on their own. Although still possible. Mostly in a limited sense until more freedom for OS will be allowed. Likely if at all possible it won't be this generation. Will Microsoft allow this. haha. Funny. Sony Yes. Nintendo Maybe.
Shok  +   1245d ago
Aint it comin to the PS3?
Pandamobile  +   1245d ago
No, that's Steamworks.
Shok  +   1245d ago
Ah. Ok, thanks for the clarification.
ExplosionSauce  +   1245d ago
Is also a very good addition. And makes sense.
Quagmire  +   1245d ago
Whats the diff?
Pandamobile  +   1245d ago
This is Steam:

Steamworks is just an API used to integrate features of Steam like the cloud-saving and cross platform gaming.
spektical  +   1245d ago
no its steamworks.
Additionally it would semi-challenge PSN Store. I believe it would be more possible for Valve to have a Steam store within the PSN store, much like capcom, etc. have their own sections.
Pandamobile  +   1245d ago
No. There is literally zero chance that Steam will ever be on consoles.

Why would Sony or Microsoft allow Valve, a third party company to essentially steal a large chunk of their profits? Steam is a marketplace for PC games, what good would that do on consoles?

Besides, Valve are already working on a more console-like experience for Steam and is rumoured to have PC to TV streaming capabilities so you can run the game on your PC, and play it from your couch.
dirthurts  +   1245d ago
Nailed it.
a_bro  +   1245d ago
rumored? i thought it was announced a while ago.
Motion  +   1245d ago
Whoa whoa whoa...back up the boat. I'm going to google it now to find out, but what are these Steam PC to TV streaming features you speak of? That would(will) be pretty awesome.

Ok, looked it up. "Big Picture mode", apparently details are scarce. Speculation is that it could be streaming with specialized hardware, but will probably just be a consolized interface for HTPC's. The second option is pretty Meh.
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XabiDaChosenOne  +   1245d ago
You mean how sony allows netflix vudu and hulu to compete with its video store on its own console? As long as Sony sees a cut in it I don't see why they wouldn't allow it.
lpfisher  +   1245d ago
I think, assuming this Valve/Sony partnership blooms a little bit, we might see this in the future. As for the 360, definitely not. Microsoft will never team with Steam (Games for Windows Live...look it up).
distorted_reality  +   1245d ago
Playstation Network Store......Look it up.

As Panda said, it won't happen. The only thing you may see is Steam Friends come into play, but there's no way that either console will get a fully fledged Steam client anytime soon.
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lpfisher  +   1245d ago
There's no reason to believe that PSN and Steam can't coexist. As long as Sony gets a cut, I could see them being willing to do damn near anything, and we all know Valve is wiling now.

I think Portal 2 will ultimately decide whether or not this develops.

I wouldn't see it as "stealing a large chunk of their profits." See, in business, people can cooperate and make deals...Steam and PSN hardly sell the same games. If Valve made some of their Steam catalog available on PSN similar to how Sony is doing PSOne classics, it'd be nothing but a good thing for all parties involved.
distorted_reality  +   1245d ago
The only reason they sell different games currently is because they're on different platforms and have different catalogues to work with.....If both services were on the same platform, you can be sure that they'd be fighting for rights to release games solely on their stores.

Portal 2 won't have any influence at all, considering we're talking about two very different things here. Sales wise we all know that Portal 2 will do well on the PS3, but drawing a line from that to a fully fledged Steam Client is ridiculous.

They may create a slimmed down client to sell Valve titles, but they won't create a fully fledged store. There are way too many logistical and financial hoops that they would have to step through (not to mention Sony's greed) to make it viable anytime soon.
Stealth20k  +   1245d ago
very crazy

and steam isnt coming to any console. Only steamworks that links accounts and stats and stuff
B1663r  +   1245d ago
I think it more likely that Steam sets up a casual game service that sits along side the media players on the TVs and DVD players that have those computer like services built in, than actually making it onto a console...

I had high hopes for OnLive in this group, but so far OnLive has been severe meh for me.
lochdoun  +   1245d ago
Steam IS it's own console.
When I think of PC as a console I think of Steam... achievements, download store, friends list, voice chat.
Valve has effectively turned the PC into a console with the evolution of Steam.
It's actually quite remarkable what they've done for PC gaming.
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KeiserSosay4788  +   1245d ago
I don't think that microsoft or sony would like to have a full steam service on xbl or psn as it is on pc anyway. It could potentially hurt online sales for both parties, especially if steam was allowed to be totally awesome and have awesome sales all the time...I would love it if I could use my steam account on my ps3 or 360, but the fact remain that neither company will let allow steam to sell games that cheap...BC2 on steam during sale=5.75; BC2 on xbl games on demand=at least double
audiojet  +   1245d ago
Hmmm, you learn something everyday. I thought Steam was coming to PS3, didn't know it was called Steamworks.
BeastlyRig  +   1245d ago
SteamWorks are steam features like chat, leader boards, cloud saving etc..
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GizmoFusion  +   1245d ago
Just an FYI we never said steam was coming, or even rumored to be on consoles. Its just a discussion to think about :)

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