Exclusive interview: Valve's Gabe Newell on Steam Box
Source: The Verge
(Extra credit to Neowin alumni Tom Warren for being part of this interview, as such I am only going to quote a little of it, jump to the full article for the entire interview)
So you're working on your own Steam Box hardware. Why work with so many partners when you have your own ideal design in mind?
What we see is you've got this sort of struggle going on between closed proprietary systems and open systems. We think that there are pluses and minuses to open systems that could make things a little messier, it’s much more like herding cats, so we try to take the pieces where we’re going to add the best value and then encourage other people to do it. So it tends to mean that a lot of people get involved. We’re not imposing a lot of restrictions on people on how they’re getting involved.
We've heard lots of rumors about the Steam Box, including that Valve's own hardware would be "tightly controlled." Can you tell us more about Valve's own hardware effort?
The way we sort of think of it is sort of "Good, Better," or "Best." So, Good are like these very low-cost streaming solutions that you’re going to see that are using Miracast or Grid. I think we’re talking about in-home solutions where you’ve got low latency. "Better" is to have a dedicated CPU and GPU and that’s the one that’s going to be controlled. Not because our goal is to control it; it’s been surprisingly difficult when we say to people "don’t put an optical media drive in there" and they put an optical media drive in there and you’re like "that makes it hotter, that makes it more expensive, and it makes the box bigger." Go ahead. You can always sell the Best box, and those are just whatever those guys want to manufacture. [Valve's position is]: let's build a thing that’s quiet and focuses on high performance and quiet and appropriate form factors.
Rest Of Interview (Very Much Worth The Read)
Kotaku Coverage Of The Interview
So yeah, I am psyched Valve is attempting to do this. I have the utmost faith in them as a company, I truly do. Pretty much the developer I respect most overall actually. I just told my wife once this is released, I will be picking up a new PC, and she said "Umm, Okay" so I guess that means I have permission.