Valve to make three Steam Box announcements next week

Earlier this week, Valve founder Gabe Newell said that the company would be revealing more information next week on "the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room." Today, Valve sent out a media alert that stated it would be making not just one but three announcements next week on that very subject.

Valve has also launched a teaser website for those reveals, with the first announcement to be made on Monday. The teaser indicates that whatever Valve plans to showcase next week, it won't actually launch until sometime in 2014. The site also says that "we’ll be adding you to our design process," which would seem to hint at some kind of beta testing program.

Valve has been talking about bringing what has come to be known as a "Steam Box" to market for some time so its growing library of Steam PC games can be played on televisions, like game consoles. At CES 2013 in January, the company brought over some Steam Box prototypes for the press and others to check out. Newell has picked Linux at the OS for its hardware product because of its open source origins. He has also been highly critical of Microsoft and Windows 8 in the past year, even though Windows 8 is now the second most used OS for Steam client owners.

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As new consoles are just regular pc's, steambox will be just as powerful.
What makes consoles attractive to developers is stable hardware, and streambox will set standard. Games released for PC will be targeted towards steambox in the long run, gamers who build their own PC's could build essentially the steambox themselves, run linux distro of their choice and enjoy games as any other console, steambox gamer

Steambox as standart will let PC gamers enjoy their game'ing PC much longer as they will have to upgrade only as major consoles are released...
This is the plan I see from Valves standpoint - eliminate Microsoft's open but rapidly closing software ecosystem

This is well planned move, from valve as they are targeting new cosnole release, so that they dont have to release new steambox earlier than 5-7 years...

Steambox - which includes Half Life 3 as exclusive content. Not available on any other platform. Also includes their entire library of past games for a low low price of _____.

I want to believe in this, I do. However, there are so many unknowns. Just sticking a PC in a box isn't good enough. If it's not running a modified version of Windows then it's going to be DOA. If it is running a modified version of Windows then it better be an excellent mod because console gamers aren't going to put up with drivers crashing. What will it offer besides games? Hate the Xbox One's TV centric approach if you want but a fairly significant chunk of 360 owners regularly use its multimedia capabilities. Will sticking another Netflix app inside a box really capture those users as well? Can Valve handle distribution, marketing, production and still offer such amazing discounts on games while also managing increased overhead?

I just don't know if this market needs another "box that plays video games."

Figure 8 Dash said,
I want to believe in this, I do. However, there are so many unknowns. Just sticking a PC in a box isn't good enough. If it's not running a modified version of Windows then it's going to be DOA. If it is running a modified version of Windows then it better be an excellent mod because console gamers aren't going to put up with drivers crashing. What will it offer besides games? Hate the Xbox One's TV centric approach if you want but a fairly significant chunk of 360 owners regularly use its multimedia capabilities. Will sticking another Netflix app inside a box really capture those users as well? Can Valve handle distribution, marketing, production and still offer such amazing discounts on games while also managing increased overhead?

I just don't know if this market needs another "box that plays video games."

IMO, this crusade by Gabe and Valve is pure hubris. They make great games, there is no question about that, but I think this kind of a project is a complete distraction and could do a lot of damage to them if it does not do well enough.

Multimedia is a much bigger deal than many gamers will openly admit. Plus I believe Gabe has mentioned numerous times that this device will run Linux (Ubuntu IIRC -- in the article as well).

Figure 8 Dash said,
I want to believe in this, I do. However, there are so many unknowns. Just sticking a PC in a box isn't good enough. If it's not running a modified version of Windows then it's going to be DOA. If it is running a modified version of Windows then it better be an excellent mod because console gamers aren't going to put up with drivers crashing. What will it offer besides games? Hate the Xbox One's TV centric approach if you want but a fairly significant chunk of 360 owners regularly use its multimedia capabilities. Will sticking another Netflix app inside a box really capture those users as well? Can Valve handle distribution, marketing, production and still offer such amazing discounts on games while also managing increased overhead?

I just don't know if this market needs another "box that plays video games."

You are so out of touch with reality... Modified version of windows.... damn

This is going to fail hard. Their high end machines won't work: hardcore PC gamers will just build their own. Their middle end machines can't compete, they'll be going against the X1 and the PS4. And their low end machines...well, look to the failure of Ouya and then they have to compete against the Xbox 360, PS3, Apple TV, and any Android "consoles".

A mid grade pc can easily compete with Xbone and PS4 hardware wise. Its the software thats gonna screw them. Windows 8 alone just taxed Steambox $100.

Javik said,
Mid range PC's will easily compete with the consoles, the graphics processors in them aren't all that amazing.
Hardware isn't the point. Nobody outside of tech enthusiast want to hook up a PC in their living room.

Bad Man Duke said,
Hardware isn't the point. Nobody outside of tech enthusiast want to hook up a PC in their living room.

This argument ugh!

Bad Man Duke said,
Hardware isn't the point. Nobody outside of tech enthusiast want to hook up a PC in their living room.

It's such a silly argument, considering that both PS4 and XOne are x86 PCs with AMD APUs and a living room compatible user experience - very much like Steam Big Picture running on Linux.

Kalint said,
A mid grade pc can easily compete with Xbone and PS4 hardware wise. Its the software thats gonna screw them. Windows 8 alone just taxed Steambox $100.

Gabe hates Win 8, these are far more likely to use Linux. Dead before it's even released.

NoClipMode said,

Gabe hates Win 8, these are far more likely to use Linux. Dead before it's even released.

They wouldnt dare with that game list!

Gott said,

It's such a silly argument, considering that both PS4 and XOne are x86 PCs with AMD APUs and a living room compatible user experience - very much like Steam Big Picture running on Linux.
But the presentations between consoles and PC's are completely different. So much so that Valve had to create a "console mode" in the form of Big Picture, because anything different would never have worked.

Yet Big Picture mode user base is still nowhere near that of the Xbox or Playstation.

panacea said,
I thought Valve can only count to 2.

This must only mean one thing.....
After some very hard calculations. I found out that Half-Life 3 is confirmed.

vcfan said,
Linux+gaming is all you need to know.

rofl seriously ...

We are talking about Valve here not a bunch of people coding in the basement of their parents.

Bitaljus said,
1. SteamBox
2. source engine 2
3. do i have to say it ... Half Life 3
based on the circles and frames, I'd say #1 would be Source 2, then #2 would be Steam Box, then #3 would be HL3.

Mulsivaas said,
based on the circles and frames, I'd say #1 would be Source 2, then #2 would be Steam Box, then #3 would be HL3.

Boy thats hard to tell. Because circle three is 0 + 0. This is either a joke or something is combing into one! The tension!!!

shozilla said,

That is spelled impossible...

As David Copperfield says: Nothing is impossible.

No i think it's spelled IMPOSSIBRU.

Bitaljus said,
1. SteamBox
2. source engine 2
3. do i have to say it ... Half Life 3

You got it Wrong it
1. Steam Box
2. Source Engine 2 (aka 2013)
3. Left 4 Dead 3