Valve head honcho Gabe Newell has hinted strongly that there will be a Steambox announcement next week.
Addressing an audience at Linuxcon 2013, Newell talked about closed platforms and the future of gaming on Linux platforms, the purported OS for Steambox…
“The next step in our contribution to this is to release some work we’ve done on the hardware side. Even more broadly in terms of the grand unification, we really don’t think that the fragmentation around the physical location or the input devices of computation is either necessary or desirable for software developers or for consumers,” he said.
“Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities that we see for bringing Linux into the living room and potentially pointing further down the road to how we can get it even more unified with mobile.”
Linux gaming currently accounts for less than 1% of the gaming market so it's certainly very niche at the moment, but Newell believes that it may be where the future lies.
The Steambox is Valve’s answer to the dominance of console gaming in the living room at the moment, and an announcement such as this comes perfectly poised to upset the console launches, should the final product be enticing enough.
Valve’s Steambox has been rumoured for many years now, and they finally confirmed its existence back in March, with hardware testing happening earlier in the year. It’s a relative unknown as of yet, but hopefully we can get some more details next week.
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