Valve Steam Box Is Official – Gabe Newell Gives Details AT CES


Gabe Newell spoke in length to The Verge at CES yesterday, making known basically everything we need to know about the pending Steam Box. It’s a threat Sony and Microsoft had better take seriously.

The entire interview is excellent, but here are a few points worth noting:

• Valve’s own Steam Box will be sold by Valve and will run Linux, though you can install Windows on it if you want. “This is not some locked box by any stretch of the imagination”, he says.

• The controller shipping with Valve’s Steam Box won’t use motion, but as expected, they will probably use some kind of biometric feedback. “Maybe the motion stuff is just failure of imagination on our part, but we’re a lot more excited about biometrics as an input method.” He also mentions gaze-tracking as being “super important”.

• Valve wants you to make your own Steam stores. “Some people will create team stores, some people will creates Sony stores, some people will create stores with only games that they think meet their quality bar. Somebody is going to create a store that says ‘these are the worst games on Steam.’ So that’s an example of where our thinking is leading us right now.”

• The Steam Box – code-named “Bigfoot” at Valve – won’t just be a PC. It’ll be a server, too, with the near future enabling you to “have one PC and eight televisions and eight controllers and everybody getting great performance out of it”. The LAN party just made a comeback. Only without all the cables.

In the end, when asked if Valve believed it could disrupt Sony and Microsoft’s stronghold in the living room, Valve’s Gabe Newell said:

The internet is super smart. If you do something that is cool, that’s actually worth people’s time, then they’ll adopt it. If you do something that’s not cool and sucks, you can spend as many marketing dollars as you want, [they] just won’t.

Seriously, though, you’ll want to read the full thing, it’s a very informative piece.


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4 Comments on "Valve Steam Box Is Official – Gabe Newell Gives Details AT CES"

  1. Ghost250 January 9, 2013 at 4:08 am -

    good read

  2. benzo January 9, 2013 at 11:36 am -

    As with anything, I dont want to see the prototype and get excited. I want to see the finished product and the final price. A threat to MS and Sony once we see the price,specs,and support available for all 3. At the end of the day…Sony will sell ps4s, MS will sell Nxtboxes and Steamboxes will sell as well. True fans will purchase what they feel passionate about and thats the way it will be next gen. This decline is sales is a sign that gaming is going back to its glory days(IMO). A small audience, devoid of the huge and fickle causal crowd. But this small audience will be people who buy the systems for the exclusives and the experiences,not the latest fitness or motion fad. Depending on price, I see myself eventually owning all three systems. Each one will have its features and flaws.

  3. nick January 10, 2013 at 6:30 am -

    told ya that ix3 crap was not the steambox!
    thank god!
    its great to see the openness of PC coming to consoles, but to be honest i cant see this being too popular.
    people who want a cheap system buy consoles, people who want the openness and freedom will buy PCs simply because thats what they want.
    if your interested in making games, 99% of the time your interested in tech, your interested in programming, and your going to need a PC for that.
    i just cant see this doing too well especially when you can spend 400 dollars and go get a decent spec asus, HP, or whatever.

  4. nick January 10, 2013 at 6:30 am -

    or even the alienware X21

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