Valve to launch a console?

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  • roz123 3 Mar 2012 08:28:35 7,113 posts
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    http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/2/2840932/exclusive-valve-steam-box-gaming-console

    Rumour that they will show it at GDC.
  • HisDudness 3 Mar 2012 08:37:24 1,017 posts
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    HL3 exclusive launch title?
  • Dirtbox 3 Mar 2012 08:44:38 79,216 posts
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    I predicted this in the Onlive thread ages ago.

    If anything, it'll be Onlive, but with steam. Which would be absolutely killer.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 08:46:35 03-03-2012

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  • roz123 3 Mar 2012 08:46:42 7,113 posts
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    Well it's a PC really but I guess they could set a standard for the next gen console cycle that could be the basis for game developers to optimise to, include pre installed software that makes consoles looks shit, take a loss on the first batch of hardware to compete (they must make a fair amount from Steam for this to be a viable strategy)
  • Dirtbox 3 Mar 2012 08:48:32 79,216 posts
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    According to the rumours in that article, but I don't think that'll be the case.

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  • roz123 3 Mar 2012 09:03:58 7,113 posts
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    Would that require some kind of subscription payment?
  • Dirtbox 3 Mar 2012 09:06:05 79,216 posts
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    They make serious enough bank with sales that they can cope with 30 odd million people downloading games constantly, so who's to say.

    They've certainly got the infrastructure in place for cloud gaming.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 09:19:53 03-03-2012

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  • uiruki 3 Mar 2012 09:06:44 3,766 posts
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    They've finally finished Powerplay, but it needs its own pass-through box. Are you all ready for a LAN party on dial-up?!
  • the_dudefather 3 Mar 2012 09:11:46 9,418 posts
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    The Steamcast!

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  • roz123 3 Mar 2012 09:19:54 7,113 posts
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    Whatever they do if this is remotely true it would be great if it worked out well. Valves basic philosophy is to treat your customers well so they come back for more, no overpriced memory cards, hard drives and other shitty money grabbing practices we see from the console manufacturers.
  • lucky_jim 3 Mar 2012 09:43:26 5,351 posts
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    I'm not interested unless it has actual valves.
  • roz123 3 Mar 2012 09:56:42 7,113 posts
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    I wonder what they would use as the controller, mouse and keyboard is not great for using on the sofa, a standard dual analogue controller is shit for everything, something with a pointer or a touch screen is a decent alternative but also have flaws.

    I have thought for a time Valve would be the one company who could do this kind of thing as they are sort of a figurehead for PC gaming.
    I also wouldn't have been surprised if Activision tried selling hardware off the back of COD and WOW.
  • Deleted user 3 March 2012 10:10:11
    roz123 wrote:
    ...a standard dual analogue controller is shit for everything...
    It does dual analogue control pretty passably.
  • RedSparrows 3 Mar 2012 10:16:17 24,287 posts
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    A Steam-box under my TV would be very tempting. If it was PC Steam, but in a different guise, that is.
  • Gambit1977 3 Mar 2012 10:20:56 10,384 posts
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    They're missing a trick if they don't call the OS the 'steam engine'
  • Deleted user 3 March 2012 10:32:53
    So is this
    Console - non upgradable and meaning having to select 'low' in the system settings in a few months with every new game you buy; or
    Small form factor pc - eh, just build your own and use steam?

    Can't see how this would work and be a success without gimping standard Steam.

    Edited by mowgli at 10:35:06 03-03-2012
  • Deleted user 3 March 2012 10:34:38
    What the cunting fucking fuck is happening to my posts.
  • Deleted user 3 March 2012 10:36:16
    I remember steam mentioning a TV interface not long ago.
  • disusedgenius 3 Mar 2012 10:45:23 5,625 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    Can't see how this would work and be a success without gimping standard Steam.
    I presume that devs would have so provide settings which works with the specs of the box, then the game uses those if launched from this version
    of Steam. Seems simple enough to me.
  • CosmicFuzz 3 Mar 2012 10:50:09 25,658 posts
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    Or if it's Onlive-style then you wouldn't need much as the computer would be remotely controlled.

    Come listen to us discuss the Playstation Experience in Episode 11 of Open Source. zoolophage writes in!

  • Deleted user 3 March 2012 10:51:55
    Yeah that does sound like a simple enough solution. Still begs the question whether it is a console or another small form pc (see the new alienware thing) but with a locked down OS (which would only result in a lot of pissing and moaning).
  • bunglebonce 3 Mar 2012 10:55:35 2,228 posts
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    I just thought: holy cow Stalker on a console!

    Then I realised that it would be too good to be true.

    PSN ID: erniewhatbert

  • neilka 3 Mar 2012 11:13:56 16,553 posts
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    PC + HDMI output + 360 pad = better console than any of the consoles

    Edited by neilka at 11:14:55 03-03-2012

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

  • roz123 3 Mar 2012 11:15:58 7,113 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    So is this
    Console - non upgradable and meaning having to select 'low' in the system settings in a few months with every new game you buy; or
    Small form factor pc - eh, just build your own and use steam?

    Can't see how this would work and be a success without gimping standard Steam.
    Valve could possibly implement some system so a game detects its this "console" and picks optimal settings for 1080p chosen by Valve or the devs so users never have to touch them giving a console beating performance with less hassle.
  • disusedgenius 3 Mar 2012 11:20:44 5,625 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    small form pc but with a locked down OS.
    Pretty much the definition of a console, no?
  • Deleted user 3 March 2012 11:21:42
    No... consoles are a bit more limited than PCs!
  • disusedgenius 3 Mar 2012 11:22:20 5,625 posts
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    ...because of the locked down OS!
  • Deleted user 3 March 2012 11:25:45
    Upgrading?
  • disusedgenius 3 Mar 2012 11:28:13 5,625 posts
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    An un-upgradable personal computer is still a personal computer...
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