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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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35. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 9, 2013, 16:23 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 15:41:
StingingVelvet wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 15:38:
Verno wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 14:59:
Regardless it'll be an interesting experiment and I welcome any effort that puts the PC into other markets and spaces.

It's interesting sure, I'm just not sold the market is there to make it more relevant than an Alienware media PC advertised in the back of PC Gamer. Other than the Steam name, of course.

Customized operating system, bunch of IP to throw at it, probably a better value proposition, advertised to non-traditional markets and backed by an existing large platform, better form factor, HTPC applications, etc. It's got a better shot than the Alienware PC if nothing else. Its going to depend on a lot of factors, too many unknowns to really judge right now.

Yeah, my guess is that this is being very tightly controlled so that you just take it out of the box, plug the HDMI into one end, the power into the other, log in to Steam and that's it. No additional setup.

You can't claim that with an HTPC. Those require you to buy them, set them up, update drivers, install the software, troubleshoot, etc.

The reason HTPCs haven't taken off is few people want to bother with that. They just want something that works.
If Valve designs this in a way that it just works, and I'm guessing that's how they've spent the year or two we've been speculating about this, then they will find more success than HTPCs have.
 
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