“We have designed a high-performance prototype that’s optimized for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam. Of course, it’s also completely upgradable and open,”
A console that you can upgrade yourself? Without buying a new one? I wonder if that means that this would be a console that not only remains backwards compatible, but can also be made forward compatable as well? If so, that could make this a console that the glorious PC master race might actually consider.
All it needs next is simply the ability to run any PC compatible title as well as the ability to use the Mouse and Keyboard and then finally PCfags like myself will have a console they can call their own. I’m hoping for that, if the Steambox can utilise Steam in the exact same way as any PC platform can.
Then again, if the Steambox turns into a PC that can only play games and cannot perform any other PC task while still being as complex as a PC to set up, then that defeats the whole purpose of the thing and the Steam box will surely bomb with both the PC and console markets.
Just hope that the Steambox still works exactly like any ordinary console and remains simple enough to use despite all the customizability. If it can perform like a Playstation with the extra ability to run Steam AND is not locked as-is, then it should do pretty well in the market, I would imagine.
“Valve has not announced it is working on a controller, so this bit is somewhat of a surprise, although it may never see the light of day”
I think a smart move for Valve will be to not develop a controller and make the Steambox compatible with PS and XBox controllers.
I imagine this can be done since many games on Steam already support Xbox controllers. Unless the Linux-based SteamOS restricts that support or MS/Sony say no.
But if Valve pulls that off, it would make the Steambox an even more viable alternative and save them the trouble of battling with the publics pre-existing controller preferences