Gabe Newell: Valve Hardware News “Next Week”

Lost in the deluge of news we’ve been receiving about Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the fact that Valve also wants to transform your gaming experience in the living room with a Steam-running, Linux-powered, console-like PC of its own. It looked like we might finally get some fresh details on the so-called SteamBox today at LinuxCon 2013 in New Orleans where Gabe Newell himself gave a little talk, but alas no. Newell simply reiterated why Valve became so interested in Linux in the first place. He did, however, close out his chat with one small nugget of info: Valve will be ready to share more information about the SteamBox next week.

You can watch the full presentation below (thanks to YouTuber Micah John for posting), and here are the highlights:

  • Newell said it took Valve six months to get one update for its Steam iPad app through Apple’s approval process. He said that is “one example of the many ways closed systems appear to be antithetical to user generated content systems going forward.”
  • The Steam client for Linux shipped in February and there are now 198 games running on Linux on Steam.
  • In an effort to further aid and encourage developers to create games for Linux, Valve now has “several engineers” working on SDL as well as a Linux debugger. Newell said Valve is dedicated to creating “useful tools to help move things forward on the developer side.”
  • Newell said one of Valve’s core goals is to create brand unification across desktop, living room, and mobile, describing the fragmentation that exists currently as “undesirable and unnecessary.”
  • The next step, Newell said, is to “release some work we’ve done on the hardware side.”

“Starting next week, we’ll have more information on how we get there,” Newell said. “The hardware opportunities we see to bring Linux in the living room and, further down the road, get it more unified with mobile.”

Potentially big news on the way next week. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one and keep you posted.

 

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