With Valve supposedly meeting with Apple to talk about potential Steam console hardware, NowGamer weighs up the evidence to see just what sort of an impact a Steam console would have on the industry and the big companies like EA and Activision.
it really wouldnt
Insightful. Care to share why, or have you just read the headline and decided to try and sound funny? EDIT: Your reply below...bravo sir.
than god you only have one more post left, wouldnt want your talents wasted.
I smell irony
maybe they will sell steam branded gaming PCs? i dont know it sound silly but not as much as going into the console field.
This could potentially destroy Activision and EA if the price is right and the games stay the same price. The big name console devs should be worried if this is true.
EA has origin, activision uses steam as a distributor?
Not going to happen. For one, each machine would need to have Windows installed in order to retain compatibility with Steam's catalogue, which is probably its strongest selling point. That would drive the cost of each console up at least $70-$80, and do you really think MS would let a competitor leverage their software to compete directly with them? Not without some API crippling and an exorbitant fee, no doubt. Making a Steam console with almost no available games would be foolhardy. As well as this, Valve only release games once every 2 years or so. Sony, MS and Nintendo release games every few months, even weeks, under their own studios. That means Valve's first party line-up would be woefully sparse, and comprised of old games. Plus, the Apple thing is effectively just uninformed people thinking they're making logical conclusions without reasoning a single thought for even a moment. Do people REALLY think that Valve would abandon their Steam store on Windows PCs, a multi-billion dollar venture that has been nothing short of a vaulting success that continues to prosper, so they could run off and make a razor-blade venture with Apple and cut off nearly all previous revenue streams? Valve make A LOT of money from Steam, but they also make a lot of money by having their games on multiple platforms. Entering an exclusive partnership with Apple means no more Valve games on any other system but the one they've made with Apple (Apple just work that way). Does anyone really think it's worth gambling a vast fortune on a one shot venture that has almost no foreseeable pay off in the short term? Even in the long term, it is quite unlikely that this system/store model would rake in nearly as much cash as it currently does on Windows and Mac. So really, stop with this nonsense. It makes no sense. And if it does happen, it will fail. HARD.
The more reasonable idea is that Valve isn't going to make the hardware themselves. Rather, the suspicion is that they're working on a hardware *specification* and *certification process*. Like Intel with their "Ultrabook" spec; lots of different hardware vendors can make Ultrabooks. That way, it's the vendor arranging the Windows licenses, not Valve. The vendor has an incentive to do it because the "Steam-certified" (or whatever) logo will tell consumers "this box can play a ton of games well"; it's in Valve's interest because they get more Steam installs and game sales.
I will not buy a steam console for one simple reason. I do not like digital content, I want my games on disc and if I can not get the game of choice on disc that is a simple one I just don't play it, there loss not mine.
If you want to play Valve games get a Steam account, you dont need a console for it.
This is what happends when someones not slapped for sharing dumb rumors
Yes, valve the SOFTWARE company is obviously making console HARDWARE >,>
What? Just like Microsoft the SOFTWARE company making console HARDWARE... or Sony the TELEVISION company making console HARDWARE... or Nintendo the TRADING CARD company making console HARDWARE... *shrugs*
Another article using the word 'Revolutionise' ........
Im not sayin Valve Will bring a console But i am willing to say they can afford to compete with Sony MS and Nintendo. Oh its true look at sony they have SOE games on steam alot psn titles and xbox live market place also on steam. This is a case of will they want to if they do i dont think they gunning to beat Sony MS Nor Nintendo.. reason obvious there games they do have VALVE based half life team fortess counter strike have been ttitles that not come in once every 2-3 years. So i beleave If a console would emerge it would be still be used as STEAM is used today, with perhaps the few exclusive valve games. But dont think it happen only if console owners would like to download every game. the pros would be bigger HDD better Engine. Oh btw i started back on PC's october last year after taken a longterm break on consoles now im back. from october to this month my account is worth just under £480 thats with buying sale items mainly xmas didnt help them offers every day recent purchase and pre order max payne 3 and Hydrophobia: Prophecy for 99p. so as you can see just for one satndalone users thats alot in short time ive only bought 3 full priced games The rest on sale half price or less so yeh i think "GABE" can afford to compete if he wanted. But not sure if he will or if he needs too.
There will never be a Steam console because Valve makes more profit with supporting all platforms/ Digital service....its a very foolish idea Valve already has indie/third party support on Steam via the PC.
It really seems that the posters here know way more than Apple and Valve. As of right now Apple brings in $600 billion a year, it is estimated that it will be a trillion dollar a year company in 2 years. Apple is not going to swing in one area, they are diversifying and they have the capitol to do that! I see Apple making its own console the Iconsole (I know lame). Steam being part of the package for their entertainment system that is fully integrated into their other devices. I am not a fan of Apple, but there are a ton of people who are. And if it plays simple games, say like the Wii but does a lot of other things, then the console just got a lot more interesting. If they give developers a better deal than Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo, then they will flock like flies to a turd! And guys when the Xbox was just news, a ton of people said it would fail also!
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