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Valve's Steambox

Written by xaraan on Thursday, January 10 2013 and posted in News with Benefits
Valve's Steambox

Newell talks Valve's upcoming console competitor: Steam Box

Source: The Verge

   Valve has been busy at CES this week in Las Vegas.  Earlier in the week a small handheld CPU started making the rounds as a "steambox" but the story wasn't quite so simple.  The tiny "Pisten" as it's called is simply a small computer that will have Steam on it.  Though we may see a variety of products aimed at making use of steam and referred to as a steam box, Valve plans to offer their own product.  Gabe Newell sat down with The Verge at CES to talk about their Steam Box. 

Here are some highlights from the interview:

  • The Steam Box will be designed to work across multiple screens in the home, using networking standards like Miracast (WiFi), allowing players to enjoy a vareity of content on whichiver monitor and in whatever room meets their needs.
  • Valve's own Steam Box will run on Linux, but Newell said they aren't locking it out, so customers that would rather install windows on it, will easily be able to do so.
  • They don't see using any sort of motion control input, but hope to make use of controllers using biometric data.
  • There will be a normal browser on the Steam Box, so users can also get to features like Netflix.
  • They are examining how to extend into the mobile platform.

  You can read the full interview on The Verge, it's lengthy and well worth it. Head on over.


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Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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