Gabe Newell teases possible Steam Box info for next week
LinuxCon is currently happening in New Orleans. Don’t feel bad – I also had no clue that there even was a LinuxCon. Anyway, Valve bossman Gabe Newell did a presentation entitled “Linux and Gaming” where he discussed his company’s continued interest in turning the open-source Linux OS into the system of choice for PC gaming. He did highlight that this will take some time and provided some Steam stats to illustrate the point: less than 1% of players, player minutes and revenue on Steam can be attributed to Linux gaming.
That will likely change in the future as Valve pursues new avenues to promote open-source systems for games. Newell has already lamented how terrible Windows 8 is for gaming, so Valve’s push for Linux is obvious.
During the presentation Newell dropped this little tease: “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.” It’s highly likely that the “hardware opportunities” make reference to the Steam Box, which has been a bit of a quiet topic for a few months now. That might change next week. We’ve embedded Newell’s presentation for those who are interested; it’s about 24 minutes long.