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Yanis Varoufakis, who is an Economist at Valve, has revealed a lot of interesting things about the future plans of the company in an article he wrote recently.

 

Gabe Newell has been against Windows 8 due to the slightly closed nature of the operating system; this is a known fact and he has publicly said this many times. Furthermore, there were a lot of rumours floating around about Valve making a new console, dubbed as the ‘Steam Box’.

It seems those rumours were in fact true. He says that Valve is worried about Microsoft and Apple who have a closed ecosystem and also grab a larger share of profits, and due to this partial monopoly they have started developing hardware, which he has seen.

“You see, in addition to their game software, Valve has started developing hardware. Worried by Microsoft’s and Apple’s tendency to claim bigger and bigger cuts of their profits (in order to allow users access to Valve games through the computers that run their software),” he wrote (translated by NeoGAF member Alexandros).

“Valve has started experimenting with its own machines that give you the ability to run these games without a (Microsoft or Apple-controlled) computer.”

He also revealed that he was under an NDA and was unable to reveal more, but what Valve were working on was certainly interesting and he described it a bit.

“I’ve signed an NDA so I can’t reveal much more. I’ll just say that I really saw the future. (it’s not a small deal to see a virtual but highly realistic alien stand beside a real human in the same room with you, walk around the room and wink at you. And all that without a screen, a projector or even a computer near you…)”

This sounds like an augmented reality project of some sort, when you try to decipher what he has said. Valve also runs a profitable digital distribution called Steam, so they are in the perfect position to create a new console and compete efficiently in the marketplace.

You can read the rest of the translated article here, it’s fascinating.

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Exit Sony, enter Valve.

Valve has the resources to make a move. With estimated equity at around 2.5 billion dollars, consistently improving revenues through Steam, as well as multiple blockbuster franchises. I would love to see Valve enter the console market.




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shakarak said:
Exit Sony, enter Valve.

Valve has the resources to make a move. With estimated equity at around 2.5 billion dollars, and consistently improving revenues through Steam, as well as multiple blockbuster franchises. I would love to see Valve enter the console market.


I wouldnt mind that scenario at all, would love to have a Valve system over Microsoft.

 

Nintendo and Sony are too divided on Japanese games so I'll need to get both but Valve would focus on some Japanese games plus majority of western games and PC games.





I want Valve over Microsoft too.



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Can I play Uncharted or Halo on it? Whats with the alien thing? Is that guy on meth?

BasilZero said:
shakarak said:
Exit Sony, enter Valve.

Valve has the resources to make a move. With estimated equity at around 2.5 billion dollars, and consistently improving revenues through Steam, as well as multiple blockbuster franchises. I would love to see Valve enter the console market.


I wouldnt mind that scenario at all, would love to have a Valve system over Microsoft.

 

Nintendo and Sony are too divided on Japanese games so I'll need to get both but Valve would focus on some Japanese games plus majority of western games and PC games.

I would rather see this scenario as well but that certainly isn't going to happen with Microsoft embracing their xbox brand to even new lenghts now (Xbox replacing Zune).  Sony, Nintendo, Valve as console developers and Microsoft as an excluvie PC developer would be my favorite scenario.  




i7 4770k, GTX 770, Sabertooth asus z87, samsung 840 256 GB ssd, two 7200 rpm 1 TB HD, Corsair 500r case, 16 GB 2400 mhz ram.  EsportsTT posiedon cherry brown gaming keyboard, Zowie EC1 EVO gaming mouse, Asus 24" 60 hz monitor, 

Add me on Steam right now! I play a ton of Counter Strike Global Offensive.  Shakarak Or on Wii U  as shakarak!  I also  need more 3DS friends! Currently playing Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, Bioshock Infinite, Bravely Default, AC 4, and CS: GO

I would support a Steam Box.

Especially if it supports user mods and is super cheap. Not to mention Steams excellent sales

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I can see Steam box kill Microsoft if it's just as affordable.
I'll be a proud owner of Nintendo, Steambox (I LOVE that name), PC.



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