But Valve may not stop with this Steam Box concept. It may intend Steam to be an open platform that would be the gaming equivalent on Android.
Ok.. Today must be my "voodoo" day or something like that.
First I thought about the CUDA Hyper-threading thing... And now this. Im actually writing a fake article to apply for a writer on Bit-Tech site (I hope im not going against any rule here by citing another website. If I am I apologize and feel free to erase this post), which is about a "company" (i wont disclose which for obvious reasons) releasing, in 2014, a handheld gaming console as an Android-like open platform. I know, i know, there are already a "grassroots" initiative like that, but my article's "company" is actually a big one who could push that, and is already pushing it in some way.
Back on topic, it makes a lot of sense. However, somehow I cant see Valve having enough mindset/prestige to push it sucessfully. AMD, like BoFox said, would probably be more suitable.
Pssst... what's the company's name? I'll keep my lips sealed!
If you do become a writer on Bit-Tech, hope you do well! And you could always write articles for ABT (even as a guest contributor)! I did it once, ( http://alienbabeltech.com/main/?p=24305
).. it was fun and easy to do with Apoppin editing it! I was about to do an article on 2x Seagate Cheetah 15000 RPM 600GB SAS drives in RAID, but after lots and lots of benchmark testing (I actually did a complete testing suite with tons of different programs, for a very comprehensive review), I finally realized that the "strange' performance ceiling was due to my motherboard only being able to support SAS 1.0 rather than 2.0. It was a lot of effort, and a good try anyways.
AMD??? I always thought M$ was failing to see the big picture. That they couldve changed the world but they thought like old dinosaurs. The big picture.....
this is where the original Xbox concept should have gone. M$ should have focused on a slim gaming OS and worked with others for the hardware. They couldve only licensed the special OS to approved manufacturers. Every OS and every game sold would pay M$. They wouldve made tons on the licensing fees and when the hardware failed they wouldnt have been accountable. M$ is short on vision.
What valve is doing is the best you can get for gaming. It is the best merger of technologies. It attacks what each platform is lacking. It is brilliant and is straight up a great path for gaming into the future.
The big time consoles will kick and scream over this. They would do whatever they can to keep games from porting PC for as long as possible. But there is still tons of cash in the pc business.
Apoppin, i think valve could have a slight upper hand and with the next consoles coming out-not a draw back. The PC library is massive and the enhanced graphics and features are gonna be attractive to the old console owners. When the new xbox hits the shelves it would be expensive with very limited titles. Valve would have a large selection of enhanced games with ultra simplicity as a selling point. The promises of an upgrade path instead of a whole new system in a few years is appealing. If marketed proper it could really be effective. An ecosystem topped with an already massive and enhanced library easily adds up to valve having a compelling product. If nothing else, this could significantly raise the PC gaming population and embed pros of PC gaming far into the minds of the population. It very well could be the start of a new era in gaming. Did the future of gaming just get a little more exciting? I bet millions of pc gamers have dreamed about PC type upgradable consoles. I have....
AMD?? Yes, AMD!!! But I guess it's out of the question for AMD, since they are making GPUs for all 3 major consoles, and probably a CPU for PS4 too! So I guess AMD is just happy to make stuff for these consoles and not piss these companies off by competing against them.
Steam Box still sounds a bit retarded, though. Valve Steam Box.