Steam Box likely to use Linux, Valve hardware man confirms

Valve Steam Box

By on January 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

A report from German tech site Golem.de indicates that Valve’s upcoming living room Steam Box is set to use Linux, and is slated for an official reveal this year.

According to the German site, Valve engineer Ben Krasnow confirmed at an event recently that the box would run on Linux only, and not include a Windows install — perhaps not an unsurprising decision given the licensing fees that would be involved in Windows, but interesting to have confirmation nevertheless.

Krasnow also hinted at more “secret projects” in the pipeline for 2013 that Valve was very excited to reveal. More information is expected to be announced at the GDC this year in March, or later at E3.

Source: Golem.de via N4G

23 comments (Leave your own)

Erm, is it just me, or does using a *nix distro for a gaming box seem a bit odd?

Are there any better methods than using Wine to play Windows based games on *nix these days? I’ll admit its not something I’ve ever really looked into.

 

It does seem a little bit shit – A gaming PC alternative running linux… right.

 

It will most likely be modified by Valve to run how they want it.

 

Given that no one has ever really thrown any money at trying to get Windows games to run on Linux before, it is hardly surprising that the success has been only modest so far. It will be really interesting to see what happens with the weight of a company like Valve behind it.

 

well everything open-gl will work straight off the bat, but directX stuff will need a layer of coding to translate it, but its been done before fairly successfully

 

it is a rare person who actually understands what Linux means…

 

@plushpants
Since Steam went to Mac, I have noticed a huge increase in big name games being ported to Mac within months of PC release. That stuff used to take years, or it never happened.

I have this faint hope that they will announce HL3 using Source 2.

 
downloadaccount

diamondd:
it is a rare person who actually understands what Linux means…

A lot of people do, they just don’t like discussing it online as you tend to encounter either fanboys or ignorant arseholes (or both) and it’s just a waste of time and energy.

 
spkypwnsuall

its 2013. Of course Valve are going to go all out and release everything (Maybe with a with a 3 in it? Perhaps they just want to spite us!)

 

f6310:
@plushpants
Since Steam went to Mac, I have noticed a huge increase in big name games being ported to Mac within months of PC release. That stuff used to take years, or it never happened.

I have this faint hope that they will announce HL3 using Source 2.

I think Valve has already confirmed the next source engine will support linux, actually. And considering that M$ control the windows gaming side of things, it’s no surprise that Valve is not using their product to try to compete with them. Hopefully some of you have noticed that there’s a steam linux beta out right now?

 

bigfish:
well everything open-gl will work straight off the bat, but directX stuff will need a layer of coding to translate it, but its been done before fairly successfully

Wine already tries to translate directx api calls to linux equivalents as far as graphics go, but running games natively will require that the games actually be ported to linux. That said, I’m running loads of games on linux under wine these days.

 

PS3 runs a modified version of linux too…

 

nanorazor:
PS3 runs a modified version of linux too…

Not quite true. On release, the PS3 supported installing linux on the PS3, but it didn’t come with it installed. Now that option has been removed though, some nonsense about hackers or something. The PS3 does use opengl, however, something it and linux have in common.

 

But, tesselation… If someone gets DirectX 11 running properly on it, I’d consider it, but as that’ll never happen, nothing to see here.

 
downloadaccount

I consider myself a Linux fan, but I feel… uncomfortable when some people still recycle 90′s era jokes about Microsoft’s right to make a lot of money and still put a $ sign in its name. The time has passed, stop being so juvenile. ONLY Linux fans seems to do that shit still, and it presents a very childish view of us.

 

Seems a bit ridiculous on Valve’s part. They’re making a huge deal out of windows 8 when it’s really not an issue. I have absolutely no intention of moving from windows 7 and a Linux box for playing steam games isn’t going to encourage me to do so. Valve have a good record for doing things properly and this will be something to watch, but I can’t see it catching on and being a real competitor for consoles. Linux has always seemed far to difficult to be worth the trouble when windows is so easy to use. Why go to so much effort to run a game in an inferior operating system when it works perfectly in window 7?

 
 

inb4 “Valve announce closed software environment and new DRM measures for Steam Box”

They’re totally gonna do it.

Just if anyone still isn’t aware – for $15 you can get an HDMI cable and wireless xbox controller receiver for your PC or laptop. Tadaaaaaaaah $15 Steam Box, only better.

 
Legendtrademark

elliotengi:
But, tesselation…If someone gets DirectX 11 running properly on it, I’d consider it, but as that’ll never happen, nothing to see here.

OpenGL has had tessellation shaders since OpenGL 4.0. Tessellation is provided by the hardware, which is interfaced to by either the DirectX or OpenGL API’s. So in other words if you have hardware capable of tessellation e.g Direct X 11 capable, you can have tessellation in Linux via OpenGL 4

 

I am not really interested in getting a steambox, but if this means more games are released on linux I will be happy.

 
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