Anyone interested in Steambox? (the console being made by Valve). They will be revealing more details about it next week. I don't think I would choose it over a PS4 but I am definitely interested to see what it will be like especially as it will be running on Linux. More competition is also good.
Yeah, I like the fact someone as big as Valve are challenging Microsoft's hegemony of the PC gaming market with Windows as a basic requirement to play games. All the more power to Linux and alternative OSs. I'm doubtful Gabe Newell is developing Steambox for altruistic purposes or just because he hates MS/Windows 8 but the guy's obviously extremely smart so fair play to him.
In the main I like Steam quite a bit despite the restrictions. Using discs is a bit of a pain it's true, I'd rather have Steam copy-protection and Valve Anti Cheat systems installed than a ton of other crud, I like the convenience of download, auto-install and play. Some things I don't like though the Steambox thing looks very cool but I'm concerned about upgrade-ability and hardware performance over time. If all/most of my current games ran on Linux I'd multiboot my PC and get into Linux more with a view to ditching Windows for good.
I'm half expecting the Steambox to eventually fill a mid-low range market segment as I can see non-enthusiasts (hardcore gamers) fixing one up for access to a huge catalogue of older and less graphically demanding games, maybe strategy stuff as well rather than high polygon count shooters and suchlike. But I could (and hope to) be proved wrong (it would be nice to play BF4 and 5 on it!). Are you keen on it yourself then? Could be a good thing in the future: one in every home instead of a PC/laptop and individuals just using tablets and things eh?
Edited by SPOOKish (Sat 21-Sep-13 21:40:03)