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Valve Is Working On 'Next-gen Gaming Hardware' - Report

Valve employee reveals 'Next-gen Gaming Hardware' is in development, amid hints in job listings.

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LX-General-Kaos2412d ago (Edited 2412d ago )

If this rumor holds true, the next generation of gaming is going to be very interesting. Its kind of exciting to see a new player in the game.

"U have a new challenger"

Looking forward to see what Valve brings to the table. I hope this is an actual game console. New hardware will provide a much needed shake up in the gaming industry. It has been the same 3 fighting the good fight for a good long time now.

Rated E For Everyone

Akuma-2412d ago

So valve is working on ps3?

decrypt2412d ago (Edited 2412d ago )

In this day and age, Valve would have try really hard to find a gaming GPU that underperforms the PS3 lol. Any entry level GPU they get will out perform the PS3 multiple times. Hell the PS3 was obselete before it even launched:

"Back when Sony announced the specifications of the PlayStation 3, everyone asked if it meant the end of PC gaming. After all Cell looked very strong and NVIDIA's RSX GPU had tremendous power. We asked NVIDIA how long it would take until we saw a GPU faster than the RSX. Their answer: by the time the PS3 ships. So congratulations to NVIDIA for making the PS3 obsolete before it ever shipped, as G80 is truly a beast. "

http://www.anandtech.com/sh...

:P

Gaming1012412d ago

Everytime there's a picture of a "next gen console" it's always an uglier-than-ass picture of a box that looks like a fat wireless router or a futuristic scale to weigh yourself on lol

Perjoss2412d ago (Edited 2412d ago )

@ Gaming101

I think Valve could make a console that effectively looks like a steaming turd with a large sticker of Gabe on it doing a double 'thumbs up' and it would still sell vast amounts.

Gaming1012412d ago

Actually you can take the girl's comment in another context. She said "I'm working at Valve on next-gen hardware". This could be interpreted to mean she is working on PS4 and the next xbox. Don't always assume you know what someone is talking about with so little context from a twitter page.

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DeadlyFire2412d ago (Edited 2412d ago )

No word on if it will be a console or not. Could be PC in a console shell. Not a bad idea really.

They could easily pick up a CPU, GPU, but what else would they throw in the box? OpenRL maybe? It is new and different. Certainly would be a step in a different direction.

Since AMD and IBM have all the other consoles this is a good chance for Intel and NVIDIA to showcase some hardware in a platform.

Not sure Valve has the doe to really start a console production though. So this might just be words, but who knows. Its fun to guess. The Sbox vs. the Xbox. haha

NCAzrael2412d ago

Given how successful Steam is, I'd imagine Valve has plenty of dough. Plus if they're doing this with hardware partners, I'd imagine they would be sharing the cost with a lot of different companies. Nvidia and Intel would stand to benefit greatly from a consolized PC since it would help push part sales and garner more interest in PC gaming.

slayorofgods2412d ago

Maybe it's a way to bring steam to the console gamers? As soon as console gamers see how cheap steam actually is / how it's business model completely blows away the PSN and xbox live, they may bring some strong competition to the console market.

Disccordia2412d ago

Surely though it'll have to run on windows to play all the games properly. MS wouldn't licence that out to a competing console.

Perjoss2412d ago

Unless maybe they offered to sell stuff on it like selected XBL Arcade games with Valve taking only a very small cut, if any.

ImpliedDeception2411d ago

Valve could develop customized versions of Linux and WINE. You don't need Windows at all, you just need to run code that was written for Windows. Less of the system's resources would be tied up in the OS, in that case. I think that would run games faster vs. a similarly specced PC running Windows.

Actually, that would be pretty awesome. A console that could play any game available on steam, and unified PC hardware that developers could optimize for.

reznik_zerosum2412d ago

OMG THEY ARE MAKING PORTAL GUN !

xAlmostPro2412d ago

Nobody else thinking they're creating a streaming device that runs via 'steam' so you browse the store/friends everything you can already do but when you buy a game it d/ls to the cloud and streams it?..

i think we're miles away from cloud gaming being perfected but if anyone can do it well it would be valva plus my D/L speeds on steam are epic :D

aquamala2412d ago

If its a box that connects to tv and you play it with a controller, but it plays all the pc games on steam, is something like that a console or a pc? Lol

Ashunderfire862412d ago

(Trying to act like the narrator for Soul Calibur LOL!!)

FOR A DECADE WITH 2 CONSOLE GENERATIONS!!!! NINTENDO, SONY, AND MICROSOFT HAVE FOUGHT FOR SO LONG... BUT THE SOUL STILL BURNS WITHIN THEM, AS THEY GO INTO THE 3RD GENERATION... BUT THE 3 MAY HAVE MET THEIR MATCH!!!! VALVE'S STEAM BOX IS A NEW CHALLENGER!!!! AND SOUL CALIBUR 6 AND HALF LIFE 3 IS A TIME EXCLUSIVE AT 2013 LAUNCH!!! BUT FOR THE ORIGINAL 3 THE SOUL STILL BURNS!!! SOUL CALIBUR!!!!!

kevnb2412d ago (Edited 2412d ago )

its not a console, but a prebuilt gaming pc made by valve that has my interest big time. They might even give it a few console like features while devs will certainly optimize for it.

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hiredhelp2412d ago

Well if they do bring a console over it be based on a PC structure with about as much kick ass to run games that steam client distributs.
So if thats the case then i think the console if it is one will be disc based but also offering you its steam client, Like XBL ,PSN. Only it have alot more lol.

Angrymorgan2412d ago

I think the future of gaming leans towards pc , so a pc console hybrid could see a massive change in the industry and I'm all for it!

fastrez2412d ago

This bodes very well for the wallets of cash-poor gamers everywhere. Very exciting if true.

TimmyShire2412d ago

Steam is great as a digital service - but I think it takes more than that to make a great console. I'd still be suspicious of something like this, and I love Valve.

Saladfax2412d ago

There's nothing inherently special about any console that has ever been created. Not to say that Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft haven't done impressive things over the years, but save credit for devs and software-related decisions.

It's like praising your DVD player after you watch Inception.

kevnb2412d ago

good thing its not actually a console.

Zechs342412d ago

All I care about is the potential for said box. Granted, it seems difficult to compete in this day and age where people like Sony and even Nintendo struggle to keeps these consoles flowing like they used to, but one major thing Steambox will have is to have your account tied to it.

I already own over 250 games on steam and instead of sitting tied down to my computer (although I do have it hooked up to my living room/gaming tv) it would eliminate the confusion for other less informed people to worry about will "my PC run this or my new graphics card costs $400 but I can't afford it right now"

Exciting times are coming... To say the least.

pandaboy2412d ago (Edited 2412d ago )

The more I think about the steam box, the more I want it to be true. I do all my gaming on steam on my laptop, but I can't play the latest games like max payne 3, mafia 2, skyrim etc and have to run several year old games on low. So this steam box would solve that problem since I'm not into PC upgrading.

There are also genres I'd prefer to play with a controller which I would like to pick up and play in front of the TV and not worry about setting up my laptop in such a way. Knowing valve, they would also have some emphasis on mouse/keyboard for the console too.

Hopefully it would be compatible with your existing steam account. That would be a deal-breaker for me.

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