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Gabe Newell  (Source: neoseeker.com)
Steam Box has to beat Apple into the living room

Gabe Newell said that Apple may be the main problem with getting the Steam Box into living rooms.

Newell, Valve's co-founder, told a class at the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs that Apple could be a threat to his company's upcoming Steam Box if it gets to the living room first.

Steam Box is Valve-developed hardware that aims to broaden the reach of Steam, which is Valve's digital distribution and multiplayer/communications platform. Right now, Steam delivers a variety of games to a user's desktop computer, but Steam Box will bring these games to the living room -- such as on a TV with Big Picture mode.

Not much else has been disclosed about Steam Box, other than the fact that it's Linux-based and will be an open system (Newell even said that it'd be possible to install Windows onto the Steam Box). While no release date is in sight, Newell worries that Apple may launch a similar platform for the living room -- thus beating Valve to the punch.

"The threat right now is that Apple has gained a huge amount of market share, and has a relatively obvious pathway towards entering the living room with their platform," Newell said. "I think that there's a scenario where we see sort of a dumbed down living room platform emerging — I think Apple rolls the console guys really easily. The question is can we make enough progress in the PC space to establish ourselves there, and also figure out better ways of addressing mobile before Apple takes over the living room?"

While Valve is looking to offer the best hardware for the best possible price point, Newell worries that Apple may make a move first and offer a closed platform that will lack the user-generated content that Valve (through Steam Box) would offer.

"The biggest challenge, I don't think is from the consoles," Newell said. "I think the biggest challenge is that Apple moves on the living room before the PC industry sort of gets its act together."

Source: Polygon



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Ms
By p05esto on 2/1/2013 12:58:35 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry but the Xbox720 specs look great, very good and MS owns the living room right now. The 720 will be a huge hit, we are ready for a new console. Unless Steam can do all the same or better there,s no chance..... Apple is not a player, core gamers are like core computer users, thy don,t touch Apple crap.




RE: Ms
By croc on 2/1/2013 1:53:54 AM , Rating: 2
MS may own YOUR living room... But that's where your opinion ends when it comes to MY living room. MY living room is owned by two Macintosh's. (No, NOT the fruity kind.)


RE: Ms
By R3T4rd on 2/1/2013 4:38:09 AM , Rating: 1
Okay....besides watching OSX on your TV/HDTV, what else are you doing?

Playing latest greatest games? - Sorry OSX is a joke when games are concerned - especially Steam on Mac.

Netflix and streaming media? - I'll give you that as you can stream it through Mac.

The whole point of the XBOX and PS in your living room is you can have all the entertainment (Games, Streaming Media, Web, Movies, etc) in your living room and not half-arsed entertainment provided by Macs. And if your intention in mentioning Macs in your living room as PC's set in a corner of your living room not hooked up to your TV/HDTV, the relavence of your point is moot at best.


RE: Ms
By MGSsancho on 2/1/2013 6:21:18 AM , Rating: 2
You mean a pair of McIntoshs like these dominate your living room? http://www.audiofederation.com/hifiing/2006/FSI200... ? You said not the fruity kind ;-)


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