Uh-oh. According to Valve boss Gabe Newell, Windows 8 is going to force numerous equipment manufacturers out of the market, making it a "catastrophe for everyone."
Except Apple, I bet.
"I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space,” Newell dramatically stated at the Casual Connect event [reported by allthingsd]. “I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”
What are these potential alternatives? Linux, for starters.
“The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior,” he said. “We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy.”
Newell also stated that Valve are constructing a wearable computer, and their prototype is actually working.
"I can go into the room and put on the $70,000 system we've built, and I look around the room with the software they've written, and they can overlay information on objects regardless of what my head or eyes are doing. Your eyes are troublesome buggers."
"This is super nerdy, and you can tease us years from now, but as it turns out, your tongue is one of the best mechanical systems to your brain, but it's disconcerting to have the person sitting next you go blah, blah, blah, blah. I don't think tongue input will happen, but I do think we will have bands on our wrists, and you'll be doing something with your hands, which are really expressive."