Vince wonders whether Valve should make a console / console app for their library.
I think they should expand their services on consoles. They should also look to invest in features like OnLive. It's going to be important in the future.
I have to disagree. Valve should not make a console because with a console comes great responsibility such as 1st party developers, online servers, warranty, shipping, etc etc. Not only this but Valve's own games will because exclusive to their console and people will miss out. They are already making millions with steam and Gabe is the richest person in the video game industry he doesn't need any more money haha. Fun fact: Write to Gabe via email and he will answer.
Fun fact: He didn't say they should MAKE a console.
Valve don't need to make a console, their Steam service is already on the best platform around, the PC.
I think Valve has a great opportunity for doing some great things on PS3. Sony is Microsofts nemesis, and I can only imagine that since MS has platforms both with the Xbox 360 and Game For Windows Live, which allows them to capture market share both in the console and PC market, that Sony might have plans for doing the same, and the only way I see Sony accessing the PC market is through Steam. I think it would be huge if Steam were able to sell some Sony exclusive games "exclusively" on Steam. There is alot of potential here. There are already games from Sony Online Entertainment on Steam, so they're already doing some business together anyway.
Increasing the PS3 libary would be a very smart move, There is a lot of games on Steam that would be very welcome on the PS3, And it would make them loads of money.
Agreed, I think the first one I think of is 'Super Meat Boy'. Also the Telltale games are already on there so if you could sync those like Portal 2..
Why not all the multi platform games like Call of Duty, Fifa and so on. I hate having one bubble, I can never reply to anything I have said. I have been getting "well said" but no bubbles? The mods must just hate me.
IMHO, Valve should stick to their software implementations. Make steam a third-party system that other game developers can pay a fee to use for putting their games on any platform and for handling multiplayer, chat, and updates.
Neither, just carry on making excellent and original games.
Expand at the moment, they need billions to be able to invest in a console
Steam should put their services on whatever console manufacturer would let them. It's a win/win, Steam rocks;gamers know that....so gamers would flock to that console to at least see what its about. idk, just my opinion.
Valve would want their cut and that may be a cost the console makers are not willing to pay. Sony may have tested the waters with Portal 2 but I am not sold that Sony truly wants a 3rd party gaming service becoming the gateway for games on their console.
I agree, but then you have to ask yourself...Would the massive increase in public support(customers) outweigh the payout to Valve?
I too agree the question you throw out is indeed what would need to be considered. For Valve it absolutely would be a win. I mean they would get access to install bases of 50million +. It makes sense for them... For Sony, MS or even Nintendo's next console I think that answer is more toward no. I say that because you have to ask yourself...how much of a true increase would the console makers see? PC gamers are on a whole...PC gamers and not too interested in console gaming. I just dont think you would see some crazy increase above and beyond the current growth projections for the install bases of the consoles if they had Steam. So now Sony and the like need to figure out...are we paying out more to valve then we are taking in? I would venture indeed console makers would pay out more long term versus what they would re-coup in increased sales.
Valve wants nothing to do with manufacturing hardware... like wise Sony I doubt really wants Steam getting too entrenched in. I suppose Valve could license their tech to Sony...but again that is just more expense for sony.
create one, valves steam system wholeheartedly DESTROYS psn and xboxlive, as a user of all 3 i can say without a single doubt that valve has more game specific features, supports mods and has sales that make sales on its rivals look pitiful. Not to mention their knowledge of engine propigation goes a long way, their dedication to their community and their ability to adapt dynamically to a changing game enviroment all speak volumes. I would buy a valve console DAY ONE!!! I am sure many other gamers would too!! Sadly, valve probably won't ever do such a thing, they love pc too much!
I cant see valve making their own console but expanding steam into the console base should be their next objective.
Valve has already thought creating consoles and if they made their games exclusives, it means less people playing their games. Hoping they expand Steam on the PS3 but I'd be an early adopter of their console.
First Psn, then youtube....now here. You're everywhere dude.
I'm not sure Valve have the resources needed to devolop a console. Valve is worth an estimated $2-4 Billion and devoloping even a basic console would take away a big chunk out of their total revenue. Software for now Valve.
I think 3 consoles plus the PC and handhelds are enough.
Its taken ages to get where it is, cloud support and achievements still are not mandatory, controller support is still shaky at best, download and backup management can be clunky there is plenty still not right about steam but its still great. Valve should start with a controller for mac, pc and ps3 that has its own driver and can mimic mouse inpput etc and be built around the interface that way they could make a start on hardware and the living room.
If they did create a console, I'd buy it. I won't cry if they just stick to creating amazing games, though.
they could name it after plumbing terms.. the valve backflow with steam.... lol it does sound kinda cool. just dont call it the valve waste pipe... bad idea.
*extends a welcoming hand* Welcome to PS3 guys! As far as the article, good read. I don't see Steam integration on consoles going too much farther in this generation, but who knows what the next round could bring.
Big Picture mode coming! Play PC games in the living room! http://www.joystiq.com/2011...
Oooh, sounds cool. I've literally only made my first Steam purchase today, and I'm already starving for some of that controller support. It took me like an hour of reading and configuring, plus one extra piece of software to get mine working somewhat properly haha. Yes, I know, I'm a noob and need to use KB and mouse.
I hope it does go further. Thanks for saying it's a good read, means a lot.
Expand on PSN
Firts of all, if Valve decides to make "console" it will be end of Valve, they will die... other thing, they expanding to Playstation, soon i hope steam will deliver some titles to ps3 as PSStore does, how it will happen? On what terms? i dont know too. I know one thing, some months ago ppl would tell me that hell will freeze faster than we will see Steam on PS3... i guess money talks, hell freezes.
As I said in the article, even if they don't make a console they could always add an application to open Steam on the PS3. It'd be nice.
I think they should work with sony and make ps4 fully integrated with steam as that'd be so much more awesome than what PSN currently offers (take a look at the new battle.net while you're at it also)
and Steam games on the PS4 with K&M support even PS3 would be great lol I love to dream
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