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Gabe Newell  (Source:
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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Perhaps i am old fashioned
By Ammohunt on 2/1/2013 11:40:23 AM , Rating: 2
But i don't want to play games on my TV anymore. I like the ability to alt+tab to a browser to browse games resources online and nothing beats WASD + Mouse as a control interface. Also i don't have to look at a split screen to play multiplayer(each family member in my house has a gaming rig). Don't get me wrong i have done my share of TV gaming using consoles since Pong. I think i got burned out somewhere in the middle of PS2 land. I do have an Xbox 360 for the kids but even they prefer gaming on the computer. The fact of the matter is the TV is not the center of entertainment in the house any longer individual PC's are.

By TakinYourPoints on 2/1/2013 6:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
Me too, I'm all about gaming at my desk these days. I even have my PC hooked into my home theater through my wall, allowing me to play "console" games like Batman: Arkham City at much higher settings than what the 360 would give me, but I still rarely use it.

That said, we're not everybody, there are lots of other people that prefer gaming on the couch. :)

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