The Steam Box is on its way, says Gabe Newell, but its existence is all about doing us a favour, by beating Apple out of the living room, he told a class at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs — and not about Valve trying to beat out the console market. Let me explain.
If Apple finds its way to a living room platform before the PC does, Gaben suggests, they will shut out the open-source creativity and focus on user-generated content that Steam is famous for, and replace it with what he calls a “dumbed down living room platform”.
“The threat right now is that Apple has gained a huge amount of market share, and has a relatively obvious pathway towards entering the living room with their platform,” said Gabe. “I think that there’s a scenario where we see sort of a dumbed down living room platform emerging — I think Apple rolls the console guys really easily.”
Only adding to his selflessness, he says that Valve are happy to lead the way — mostly because others will follow, and the people will have more choices.
“We’re happy to do it if nobody else will do it, mainly because everybody else will pile on, and people will have a lot of choices, but they’ll have those characteristics. They’ll say, ‘Well, I could buy a console, which assumes I’ll re-buy all my content, have a completely different video system, and, oh, I have a completely different group of friends, apparently. Or I can just extend everything I love about the PC and the internet into the living room.’”
What do you think, noble reader? Gaben definitely has a point about the Apple thing, I think. Will you be buying yourself a Steam Box when the time comes? Or do you prefer your PC gaming in front of your PC, thank you very much? Tell us what you think! Tell us where you stand! Tell us if you think Mr Newell is a prophet or a fool!