Valve Steam Box Announcement Due Next Week?
Speaking at LinuxCon, Gabe Newell suggests that Valve could be making an announcement regarding it’s rumoured living-room PC gaming platform, the Steam Box.
Newell was talking about a broad range of issues relating to Linux and PC gaming, but it seems that Newell feels that Linux could be the future of gaming due to the open nature of the operating system and that the Steam Box could be his way of bringing that future about.
“Linux really is the future of gaming,” said Newell. “PC gaming is where innovation is occurring and you’ll see that in lots of ways. It’s not on the consoles, it’s not on any of the closed systems where innovations are happening, it’s happening to the extent to which openness is embraced by the underlying platform.”
Newell has been critical of Microsoft in recent times and, in his talk, hints that he believes Microsoft has made the wrong moves in an attempt to emulate the success Apple has had with closed platforms. Newell believes that instead, the PC must embrace openness and it’s this that leads him to praise Linux.
Of course, the problem is that not enough people currently use Linux to make it a viable gaming platform. Newell is acutely aware of this, but if we take what he’s saying at face value, then it seems that Valve is committed to solving that problem.
Could the Steam Box be Valve’s way of doing just that?
In talking about ways to address the fragmentation of mobile, living room and desktop, Newell says that Linux is the obvious solution.
“Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there, what are the hardware opportunities that we see for bringing Linux into the living room and potentially pointing further down the road to how we get it even more unified with mobile,” said Newell.
So there you have it. Could be looking at an announcement of Valve’s Steam Box? It could be another false dawn, but let’s wait and see.
In the meantime, here’s what we know about the Steam Box so far.
You can watch Newell’s full talk below.