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Linux-Based Steam Console Reaffirmed For This Year

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Published on 01 January 2013 10:35 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve
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As said a few times already, this year will be marked by the release of a Linux-based Steam hardware gaming console out of Valve.

Going back to my exclusive Linux time with Gabe and their early Linux team and the special Linux delivery to Valve Software, I've known that a pure Linux-based gaming console built around Steam was in the works.

Since that point last May there's been hints of Valve's console ambitions with Steam Big Picture and other initiatives and minor chatter from Valve employees. In December was when Gabe Newell publicly commented on their Linux-based game console plans. As I have said already, it should ship in 2013 and will be running a pure Linux (non-Android) stack and should be a more "open" gaming platform than the PlayStation or X-Box while being more friendly towards game developers/studios looking to distribute their titles over the wire with Steam.

Linux-Based Steam Console Reaffirmed For This Year

For those doubting the recent postings on Phoronix and elsewhere, there's additional communications on a Valve Linux-based console over at Golem.de. For those non-German speakers, here's the Google translation. Basically this latest independent article just states that Valve's working on a Linux game console and should be released in the 2013 calendar year. These recent comments are from Valve's Ben Krasnow, a hardware engineer at the company.

Linux-Based Steam Console Reaffirmed For This Year

The Golem article makes mention of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March and E3 2013 in June as potential launch venues for this original game console. Based upon the current state of affairs and other information, I would be surprised if they were to formally announce any console by March. E3 in June would be a more susceptible soft-launch target with the hardware likely not shipping until sometime in H2'2013.

If you missed it, 2013 Is Going To Be The Year Of Linux Gaming as the problems with gaming on Linux get addressed.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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