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    Phoronix: Valve Linux-Based SteamBox Details Coming Next Week

    For those that didn't yet watch Gabe Newell's talk about Linux gaming, at the end of the presentation he notes next week will be more information from Valve about their plans to bring Linux into the living room...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ2MzM

  • #2
    Michael stop stalking me, it's starting to be creepy. /s

    Next week will possibly been one of the gaming news week I had been most interested in a while. =)

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    • #3
      This is kind of bad timing to be announcing such a device. Unless they will magically undercut two other companies taking a loss on game consoles and simultaneously announce a number of Steambox exclusive titles, this is likely to fair somewhere between the Ouja (complete flop) and the Wii U (damn close to a complete flop). Timing is key, especially in gaming. Waiting a year or releasing a year earlier would have made way more sense.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by elanthis View Post
        This is kind of bad timing to be announcing such a device. Unless they will magically undercut two other companies taking a loss on game consoles and simultaneously announce a number of Steambox exclusive titles, this is likely to fair somewhere between the Ouja (complete flop) and the Wii U (damn close to a complete flop). Timing is key, especially in gaming. Waiting a year or releasing a year earlier would have made way more sense.
        Yes, if they're after the same audience. To me it seems like they're trying to appeal to PC-Gamers rather than PS/Xbox-Gamers (or maybe both).

        Still, releasing more information is something different than actually releasing the hardware

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        • #5
          Originally posted by elanthis View Post
          This is kind of bad timing to be announcing such a device. Unless they will magically undercut two other companies taking a loss on game consoles and simultaneously announce a number of Steambox exclusive titles, this is likely to fair somewhere between the Ouja (complete flop) and the Wii U (damn close to a complete flop). Timing is key, especially in gaming. Waiting a year or releasing a year earlier would have made way more sense.
          Ouya a flop? Ouya devs are fucked. Wii U a flop? Nintendo gets in a lot of trouble.

          SteamBox a flop? No problem at all. Let's make it better over the next few years and release new models while Gamers will keep using Steam on their PCs. They don't need instant success for this, they don't depend on the hardware for now. It's a first step for what Valve believes is the future.

          Oh and this is the bootscreen and wallpaper for the SteamBox: http://i.imgur.com/2P8daKq.jpg

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          • #6
            So, does this mean that the number of titles supported in Linux will exponentially grow? (it's gotta mean that, right??) This would be phenomenal !

            Here is a nice article on Steam, as well
            http://www.linux.com/news/featured-b...-rest-of-tech/
            Last edited by mendieta; 09-16-2013, 07:14 PM. Reason: Added a link

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            • #7
              My eyes watered a bit at all that puns Micheal :-)
              Well done!

              Now we just need the steambox to seamlessly run XMBC, and we have struck the ultimate home entertainment system :P

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              • #8
                +1 and also phone etc.

                Curious about next week.

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                • #9
                  8 core

                  Considering Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will have x86 and 8-core CPU, the Steambox must match that.

                  I believe the Steambox will be very similar. x86, 8-core by AMD.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                    Considering Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will have x86 and 8-core CPU, the Steambox must match that.

                    I believe the Steambox will be very similar. x86, 8-core by AMD.
                    I was expecting Kaveri (quad-core Steamroller, but at around 3.5GHz), with a discrete GPU (the APU's GPU being available for physics, 3D audio, etc, still). Possibly coming with 4GB DDR3 (DIMM slot) and 4GB GDDR5. I don't think Steambox is at the stage to demand custom silicon.

                    But this would mean the Steambox would cost more than than either next gen console due to lower integration.

                    I don't know if the box would be a generic Linux box (expandable) that also had Steam, or if it would be console-ised.

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                    • #11
                      I just like how Linux get's much more attention from Valve than Mac.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sykobee View Post
                        I don't know if the box would be a generic Linux box (expandable) that also had Steam, or if it would be console-ised.
                        Expect it to be an open console and would still be able to load the distribution of your choice and tinker with the Ubuntu Core derived Valve operating system.
                        Michael Larabel
                        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by blackout23 View Post
                          I just like how Linux get's much more attention from Valve than Mac.
                          If they focused on Mac then they would be at the mercy of Apple.
                          Just as now they're at the mercy of Microsoft.

                          Xbox One runs a Windows-derived operating system on the x86 architecture, just like a PC.
                          You can buy games from Xbox One market store, then if Microsoft brings that to the PC then they kill Steam.

                          Valve cant stay with Microsoft because Microsoft will kill Steam.
                          They cant go with Apple, because then they're back in their old slave relationship where they are at their mercy.

                          Linux is Valve's Windows exit strategy for Steam.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Michael View Post
                            Expect it to be an open console and would still be able to load the distribution of your choice and tinker with the Ubuntu Core derived Valve operating system.
                            Does the fact that they are working on a LLVM debbuger is anyhow related to the fact that the radeonsi drivers are LLVM based?

                            The reason I ask this is because I can't see the console being intel cpu + nvidia gpu, since it would just be too expensive and current AMD drivers are still not up to par, so maybe they are working with AMD to solve their driver issues in order to use its APUs, such as kaveri for which most games will already be designed anyway.

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                            • #15
                              Its like the 3DO reborn...
                              At least now the hardware is not too confusing...

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