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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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43. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 10, 2013, 08:30 gray
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 18:31:
Since they aren't a public company they don't have to live by the growth rules. It's up to them if they want more.

Exactly the steambox doesn't have to stand on it's own feet, it's an extra brick in the foundations. Valve has no public shareholders, they are Innovators. There is a long game being played here. It's almost not fair to listed companies who can't look beyond the next set of results.

They don't even want to touch physical but are having to because it creates a gap in the roadmap as some developments require new iterations of hardware that haven't been forthcoming. The next lightest touch for them is to partner with third parties to fill that gap and enable continuation.

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