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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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5. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 8, 2013, 22:58 RollinThundr
 
While it's prolly wrong of me to hope this fails and fails hard. I hope it fails and fails hard.  
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4. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 8, 2013, 22:23 Lit_Reflex001
 
I just want to say that these new low latency wireless devices had better really be low latency.

There is no excuse for not using wired devices. They are absolutely superior.

I don't fucking do wireless.

Although theoretically a fat beam of infrared should be faster than the speed of electricity amirite?
 
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3. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 8, 2013, 22:16 Dev
 
I found this quite interesting from the gabe interview:

So now we’re in this strange world where we have people who are using the Steam workshop who are making $500,000 per year building items for other customers.
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We know of other game developers making more money building content for the workshop than what they get in their day job.


MuzixMon wrote on Jan 8, 2013, 21:30:
If these new boxes are Linux based will they still work with games designed for Windows? Or will there be a limited selection of titles until more support for Linux based games? I'm glad they aren't using a Microsoft OS, after what MS did to PC gaming they don't deserve one red cent from us.
Gabe mentions in the interview that they will make it so windows can be installed on it by the end user.
 
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2. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 8, 2013, 21:53 Parallax Abstraction
 
MuzixMon wrote on Jan 8, 2013, 21:30:
If these new boxes are Linux based will they still work with games designed for Windows? Or will there be a limited selection of titles until more support for Linux based games? I'm glad they aren't using a Microsoft OS, after what MS did to PC gaming they don't deserve one red cent from us.

There's some limited ability to emulate the stuff needed for Windows games in Linux but it's just that, limited. The hardware that's been shown in a lot of these tiny concept PCs wouldn't be up to it. Unless you were to install Windows on them yourself or Valve manages to entice a lot of big developers to step into the nightmare that is high-end gaming on Linux (which I highly doubt), it will greatly limit the number of titles you'll have access to.
 
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1. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 8, 2013, 21:30 MuzixMon
 
If these new boxes are Linux based will they still work with games designed for Windows? Or will there be a limited selection of titles until more support for Linux based games? I'm glad they aren't using a Microsoft OS, after what MS did to PC gaming they don't deserve one red cent from us.  
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