Gabe Newell, managing director of the company Valve, has announced at the LinuxCon 2013 conference that the new console they are to be releasing will have more details available as soon as next week:
“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”
The “Steam Box” as it is currently being called as a project name will be revolutionary for the world of PC gamers across the world who use Steam. Although the “Steam Box” will not be a neccessity for PC gamers to continue playing their games, it is said it will be like a built in gaming computer with a number of interesting perks.
Gabe Newell has also said that people who purchase games on Steam for the PC will also be able to transfer their games straight onto the console. As Steam is currently one of the main popular platforms used by PC gamers to buy and play video games there has been a lot of interest in the future console.
It’s also interesting to think how much of an influence the “Steam Box” will have on the market, battling against some of the bigger companies such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
What we do know so far about the “Steam Box” is that it will be Linux based, where Newell began at the LinuxCon 2013 with:
“It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming. It’s sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the Pope.”
But as for the rest, we will have to wait!