Develop-Online: According to Valve’s newly-bearded company president, Gabe Newell, the Steam vendor is prepared to develop and sell hardware if it needs to.
No doubt such a claim will electrify some games studios and customers with unimaginable excitement. Steam had major teething problems, of course it did, but in recent years the matured Valve Software has had an aura of faultlessness that only the likes of Apple have been able to outshine.
The company’s reputation for putting customers first before anything else is well deserved, but what about the industry at large? What would a Valve console – presuming it would be successful - mean for the industry?