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More on Steam Hardware

Engadget has follow-ups to comments recently attributed to Ben Krasnow about plans for Steam hardware. Ben says he was misquoted (or mistranslated) and that he did not confirm Linux support and he does not think they will be showing off anything of the sort this year as reported (thanks HARDOCP). Meanwhile, there's an interview with Valve's Gabe Newell on The Verge where the Valve honcho talks of how they are working with many hardware partners on "Good, Better," or "Best" boxes for playing Steam games, and also goes ahead and says they will be releasing Linux-based "Steam boxes," among other things, also discussing their interest in low-latency controllers, biometric controllers, and other cutting edge-ness. This includes much discussion of open versus closed systems.

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8. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 9, 2013, 03:53 InBlack
 
Creston wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 00:48:
Anonymous wrote on Jan 8, 2013, 22:23:
Although theoretically a fat beam of infrared should be faster than the speed of electricity amirite?

Seeing as how electricity travels at the speed of light in a vacuum, and somewhere around 95-97% of said speed in most other materials, the difference is probably not really noticeable.

And infrared just sucks for data transfers of any kind, unless it's precisely aimed and stays that way...

Creston

If you are talking about the speed of the electromagnetic wave in a medium and not the actual speed of the electrons then yes you are right. However electricity cant really travel in a vacuum unless you are shooting electrons through it somehow, it needs a conductor. Photons are another matter, since they dont need a conductor.

Also a fat beam of infrared would be a very unefficient way of transfering information or energy, at least in air, since infrared is easily absorbed by air particles.

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