Report: Valve's Steam PC Getting 2013 Reveal, Runs On Linux

According to a report on German IT site Golem, Valve engineer Ben Krasnow told an audience at the recent EHSM 2012 conference in Berlin that the company's long-awaited "Steam Box" custom PC/console thing will indeed be running on Linux, and will be revealed in full at either GDC or E3 later this year.

Meaning the PC hardware industry as we know it probably has about six months to live. Because once a dedicated Steam PC for TVs comes out, everything changes.

The mention of Linux is interesting, though. Valve are fans of the OS, and have been staunchly anti-Windows, but if any upcoming Steam hardware is indeed running on Linux, and not the OS the vast majority of people are already familiar with using, it's a brave decision.

Then again, if the machine is being designed with the TV and gaming in mind, whether your word processor and Twitter client run on it aren't exactly as high a priority as they would be on a standard desktop.

Steam Box ohne Windows [Golem, via PC Gamer]


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    whether your word processor and Twitter client run on it aren’t exactly as high a priority as they would be on a standard desktop. Yeah, but you can access both of those through a web browser (twitter.com and Google Docs/Office Web Apps).
    You're more likely to be able to use them than play the majority of your Steam games on it.

    Last edited 08/01/13 7:45 am

    Take that Microsoft! That's what you get for trying to ruin the pc gaming market with win8. Pc hardware market has 6 months to live? That's a bold claim. I believe this will be a good step forward for pc gaming.

      Take that Microsoft! That's what you get for trying to ruin the pc gaming market with win8.
      You're being sarcastic there, right?

      "Pc hardware market has 6 months to live." That's more than a bold claim, that's a downright stupid claim. You're actually going to need a PC if you want to play PC games. (I know the Steambox will technically be a PC, but when people talk about PCs and PC gaming, they're talking about Windows) Steam for Linux only has 38 games right now, made up almost exclusively of indie titles. http://store.steampowered.com/search/?os=linux&category1=998#sort_by=&sort_order=ASC&category1=998&os=linux&page=1
      Sure, Steam for Linux will get more games if the Steambox takes off, however if you want to play PC games you're still best off going with a Windows PC, hooking one up to the TV if you want your own Steambox.

      Valve isn't interested in Linux because they're trying to save us from Evil Microsoft killing PC gaming. They just want to everyone to switch to a platform where they have effectively no competitors.

        And one where the OS is free...

          You get what you pay for. In Window's case, a large and healthy ecosystem full of competition. Well, kinda. A lot of people are less inclined to buy games if they're not on Steam :/

    A lot of work needs to be done to get a good library of games on Linux first.

    There aren't so many games on Linux, so I assume that valve will have to get a lot of stuff ported over. This separates them from the main games market. Now my understanding of Windows 8 App store is that it is OK to have your own payment systems. So even on RT devices they could have a free steam app and then charge for games through their own system (as could Notch) but they don't want to do that. This is not a brave stand, this is just another company finding ways to control the market. It is bad enough that other companies have Steam competitors, the biggest upset for them is that there is now one built into windows. So they want to take the gamers to a new frontier where those competitors don't exist.

    Hmmm... PC hardware, running Linux, used to play specific games on a TV screen.

    Sounds very much like a PS3 to me.

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