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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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26. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 9, 2013, 13:52 Verno
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 13:33:
Multiple skus, Linux os, somehow I just don't see the console crowd running out and embracing what's essentially a porting of steam over to a mini PC. I get what they want to do out of this, I just don't see the overall point of it.

*bangs head against wall*

They are not selling a console, it's a PC. Valve will eventually release their own brand of pre-built gaming HTPCs, essentially. It will come with Linux because they hate Windows now, but like any PC it will be open for you to do whatever you want with it. It's a not a console vs console situation where the audience and metrics are largely the same.

People saying that they can't charge too much because it wont be able to compete with consoles, or that they have to keep it closed because they don't want to scare away developers, are looking at this from the completely wrong direction. They're building and selling a PC. This isn't intended for RollingThundr to run out and replace his gaming desktop. It's for the people who might not otherwise do it or need multiple PCs in a household. A lot of people will not build a custom PC and prebuilt desktop PCs don't bridge the same gaps a product like this will.

This comment was edited on Jan 9, 2013, 14:01.
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