Valve to Unveil Steam Box Next Week?
A post on the Verge reports that Valve co-founder Gabe Newell dropped some hints about the long-awaited Steam Box while giving the keynote speech at LinuxCon 2013 yesterday. There, he said that Linux was “the future of gaming.” That’s because of the platform’s openness, as opposed to that of Windows. Last year, Newell got down on Windows 8, and we heard later on that the Steam Box would run Linux. It seems it’s all coming true…
“Next week,” he said, “we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there.”
Earlier this year, Newell said that prototypes could be hitting sometime this summer, but we haven’t heard much in this regard since then. Either the prototypes didn’t materialize as planned, or those who got them were sworn to secrecy via NDAs. I think the latter’s far more likely, though big news like this tends to leak out, I’ve found.
But at the end of the day, we may actually find out what Valve has up its sleeve sometime next week. What form that will take is anybody’s guess. As for the timing of it all: I wouldn’t be surprised if not only did Valve announce the box very soon, but also made it available for sale this November. After all, if you’re going to launch your long-awaited, potentially console-killing gaming PC, why not do it when the competition releases their new systems?
While people are excited about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, many have expressed a feeling of disappointment about the next-gen transition overall. Upgrades in visual fidelity are pretty minimal at this point, compared to those of previous generations. And with the uptick in PC gaming in recent years, I would bet my sweet bippy that if gamers knew they could get a Steam Box this autumn, more than a few would drop their PS4 and Xbone pre-orders.
That’s just my opinion, of course. What do you think, dear readers?
[Via The Verge]