Valve’s Gabe Newell on the “Steam Box”

January 9th, 2013 by Crusader

Steam Big Picture

Valve Software has a presence at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, during which founder Gabe Newell gave an extensive interview to The Verge about Steam, Steam Box (the term being given to Valve’s living room PC project), and more. Money quote:

So are most of these going to be Linux-based Steam Boxes?

We’ll come out with our own and we’ll sell it to consumers by ourselves. That’ll be a Linux box, [and] if you want to install Windows you can. We’re not going to make it hard. This is not some locked box by any stretch of the imagination. We also think that a controller that has higher precision and lower latency is another interesting thing to have.

Newell also states:

  • Beside’s Valve’s own Linux-based box, there will be other “Steam Boxes” from various hardware manufacture partners which may or may not run Linux as sold (but nothing would be stopping you from installing it yourself).
  • Valve is interested in new/alternate methods of game input, like biometrics.
  • Steam may eventually become an umbrella platform for myriad user-created “stores”.
  • Windows 8 doesn’t impress him.
  • A single Steam Box could potentially power several games across many rooms and televisions in one abode.

It’s going to be a wild year for sure.

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