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Gabe Newell reveals juicy Steam Box details, mobile gaming project, distaste for Windows 8

Autore: ExtremeTech

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At CES 2013, more details about Valve’s Steam Box have emerged — from head honcho Gabe Newell himself. We’ve already learned that the prototype Steam Box being shown at CES is designed specifically for Steam and Big Picture mode, and that its main purpose is to be used for “residential and LAN party computer gaming on larger high-def screens.” We’ve also learned that the Steam Box will launch with a version of Linux, which means it will most likely launch with a very small library of games. In a recent interview at CES, Gabe Newell revealed some juicy details about the Steam Box, painting the most concrete picture of the unit that we have so far.

In an interview with The Verge, Newell not only talks Steam Box, but discusses the Steam platform, along with his recent favorite topic, the tragedy that is Windows 8.

When discussing the actual hardware, Newell notes that the Steam Box won’t just be an exclusive piece of hardware from Valve, but that the company is working with various other parties on the project. He reveals that Valve views the Steam Box as coming in three different versions, which he refers to as “Good,” “Better,” and “Best.” Valve sees the Good model as a “low-cost streaming solution,” while the Better model is envisioned to have a dedicated CPU and GPU, and acts more like a traditional modern-day game console. The Best version of the Steam Box is more akin to a high-end PC, stuffed full of whatever bells and whistles manufacturers feel they can fit.

Steam Box

This also means that Valve won’t be offering the only Steam Box (like how Sony or Nintendo offer the only PlayStation 3 or Wii U), though Valve does plan on offering its own Better model, which means Valve is indeed looking to enter the more traditional (dedicated game machine) gaming market. Though Linux is the intended operating system, Newell says that consumers can install Windows on the box, which in theory means that the limited library of Linux games could suddenly turn into the expansive library of Windows games.

When talking Steam Box player input, Newell says that Valve is not looking at motion control. He said Wii Sports still seems to be the pinnacle of motion control done well, but Valve can’t see “how it makes games fundamentally better,” and instead the company will be focusing on making a more precise, less laggy controller. However, Valve will be looking into using biometric data and gaze tracking, though Gabe didn’t specifically say that those options would be included in the Steam Box controller.

Interestingly, when discussing controller designs, Newell notes that the Steam Box project is split in two — codenamed Bigfoot and Littlefoot. Bigfoot is the standard Steam Box we’ve been hearing about, whereas Littlefoot is Valve’s attempt to jump into the mobile space. He states that one of Valve’s controller designs has a touchpad, and the company is trying to figure out how to expand the mobile gaming space.

The Steam Box, running in a very classy living room

As for other Steam Box features, Newell specifically notes Netflix being available on the Steam Box — but rather than some kind of dedicated app, users will simply load a normal web browser and use Netflix from there. He also says the Steam Box will be a server, citing a process similar to how the Wii U can beam a game to the GamePad while someone else is watching TV, except being able to beam games to more than just one display.

Gaben then rolled on to talking Steam, stating that the Steam store should “be more like user generated content,” and that anybody should be able to create a store. Similar to how various game developers have their own little section of the PlayStation Network, Valve sees that happening with Steam, though in a wider sense — someone may create a store that only has one developer’s titles, while someone else may create a store that only has a specific genre of games.

Finally, unable to contain his now-famous discontent for Windows 8, Newell calls the platform a “giant sadness,” saying it hurts everyone in the PC business. He even cites a 20% decline in PC sales for Valve — and it’s a rare day indeed when Valve releases sales figures. This mindset is, obviously, why Valve has been making a push into Linux, as well as finally revealing what is essentially a Steam console.

If you don’t want to stop being captivated by Gaben just yet, head on over to /v/ and have a blast theorizing what he’ll announce next.

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8 thoughts on “Gabe Newell reveals juicy Steam Box details, mobile gaming project, distaste for Windows 8

  1. ciao ragazzi domani devo comprare una Xbox 360 con dentro 2 joistick senza fili e GTA IV a 250€ oppure mi conviene prendere una ps3 40 gb a400 €?

  2. Potreste tradurmi questo testo dall’italiano al francese (senza l’uso di quei stramaledetti traduttori automatici se possibile)?grazie

    In questa favola abbiamo una morale molto semplice e ben visibile già prima della fine della lettura,ma rappresenta comunque uno dei più comuni errori in cui l’uomo si imbatte nelle vita.
    Un topolino racconta alla madre la sua brutta avventura:mantre camminava verso le montagne si accorse di due strani animali che erano sulla strada.Il primo lo dipinse come se fosse stato un mostro terribile(ed è per questo che scappa),mentre il compagno gli sembrava molto mite e gentile.La mamma gli spiega che i due animali sono in verità un gallo e un gatto e lo ammonisce dicendogli che contrariamente a quel che pensa il gatto è un nemico crudele, mentre l’altro che gli ha fatto così paura è un animale innocuo.E’ dunque molto facile capire quale sia la morale:non bisogna mai fermarsi all’apparenza perchè è proprio quella a farci sbagliare nel giudicare gli altri.Sebbene storia sia molto breve l’insegnamento da cogliere è una delle cose più importanti perchè spesso ci fermiamo in dettagli che interpretiamo male causando un giudizio sbagliato.

  3. a parità di prezzo qual è la miglior consol x videogiochi?

    ps3, xbox 360, wii, gamecube…..datemi la vostra opinione con pregi e difetti

  4. Ragazzi ne vale la pena comprare la ps3 adesso o conviene aspettare che esca qualche modello + assestato e + sicuro??
    Xk la volevo come regalo di compleanno ma non so se farmela prendere visto che non ho sentito delle ottime voci..graize a tutti quelli che risponderanno…

  5. http://www.gamesblog.it/post/5355/13-milioni-di-console-anche-per-xbox-360-finalmente-in-attivo

    E delle lamentele degli sviluppatori?
    Gabe Newell di Valve ancora contro PlayStation 3

    http://www.multiplayer.it/notizia.php?id=51920

    http://www.gamesblog.it/post/5379/ex-sviluppatore-harmonix-si-scaglia-contro-playstation-3

    Dei giochi inferiori che ai Pc?

    Halo 3 contro Killzone 2

    http://ps3.console-tribe.com/news/3-9-33873/halo-3-contro-killzone-2-le-ragioni-della-sconfitta.html

    Il ritardo di Grand Theft Auto IV colpa di PLAYSTATION 3:

    http://www.gamestar.it/showPage.php?template=News&id=12004&argomento=Grand+Theft+Auto+4&masterPage=ngs_articolo.html

    Electronic Arts costretta a dimezzare i fotogrammi al secondo in Madden NFL 08 per PlayStation 3:

    http://www.gamestar.it/showPage.php?template=News&id=11584&argomento=Madden+NFL+08&masterPage=ngs_articolo

    E virtua figter 5?Meglio su Xbox360!!

    http://www.bigfamilyclan.com/viewtopic.php?t=1239

    http://www.ga
    http://www.gamesdelivery.it/schede/Xbox_360_Virtua_Fighter_5.html
    I fan Sony voglio vedere cosa devono dire ora…
    Sony pensa quindi alla playstation 4 che farà uscire prossimamente…

    http://futuroprossimo.blogosfere.it/2007/03/benvenuta-ps4.html
    Perchè i giochi PS3 sono meno performanti di quelli 360 …lo spiega un programmatore

    http://www.gamesforum.it/board/showthread.php?t=103390

  6. ragazzi con 250 euro secondo voi mi conviene prendermi:
    -xbox 360 pro
    -risparmiare per la ps3
    -risparmiare ancora di più per un super PC

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