Linux Is "The Future Of Gaming"
Valve are still working on their Linux-based 'Steam Box' hardware, at least according to head honcho Gabe Newell, who plans to reveal more details about their plans next week.
Newell hailed Linux as "the future of gaming" during a LinuxCon panel yesterday, attended by YouTuber Micah John [via EG], suggesting that Steam's Big Picture Mode and family sharing are just the first steps towards their living room hardware solution.
"There are sets of issues to making sure whatever platform you have works well in a living room environment," said the Bearded One. "There are thermal issues and sound issues, but there also a bunch of input issues. So the next step in our contribution to this [the promotion of Linux for gaming] is to release some work we've done on the hardware side.
"None of the proprietary closed platforms are going to be able to provide that grand unification between mobile, the living room and the desktop."
All has been quiet on the Steambox front since a flurry of activity surrounding third-party devices earlier this year (such as the Xi3 Piston), but we'll be getting concrete details soon. "Next week we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities 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 in mobile," Newell concluded.
Of course, Valve are the masters of trickling out information at a glacial pace, so I wouldn't necessarily hold out for a hardware reveal just yet, perhaps. We'll naturally be on hand to bring you the latest.
According to a statement from Newell made in January, the 'Steam Box' hardware will likely release as three separate SKUs, each packing different price points and specifications. The lowest tier will focus on games streaming from an existing PC, while the pricier options will offer much beefier onboard hardware. Whether this is still the case remains to be seen, as well as whether the colloquial 'Steam Box' name will stick.
We hope it will, since it's basically a brand already.