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Old 9th Jan 2013, 10:21   #57
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Exclusive interview: Valve's Gabe Newell on Steam Box, biometrics, and the future of gaming
A rare and candid talk with Valve's boss
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We've heard lots of rumors about the Steam Box, including that Valve's own hardware would be "tightly controlled." Can you tell us more about Valve's own hardware effort?

The way we sort of think of it is sort of "Good, Better," or "Best." So, Good are like these very low-cost streaming solutions that youíre going to see that are using Miracast or Grid. I think weíre talking about in-home solutions where youíve got low latency. "Better" is to have a dedicated CPU and GPU and thatís the one thatís going to be controlled. Not because our goal is to control it; itís been surprisingly difficult when we say to people "donít put an optical media drive in there" and they put an optical media drive in there and youíre like "that makes it hotter, that makes it more expensive, and it makes the box bigger." Go ahead. You can always sell the Best box, and those are just whatever those guys want to manufacture. [Valve's position is]: let's build a thing thatís quiet and focuses on high performance and quiet and appropriate form factors.
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What about Xbox and Apple TV? How are you going to compete on the multimedia side?

So there are these $50 sort of things that output [media] from a PC somewhere in your house. Thereís Miracast, and Shield from Nvidia, and so on. Those will be the cheap way to do it, and theyíll be high quality in the home. I spent a bunch of time when [OnLive] first started coming out, saying at the end of the day that trying to do that over [the internet] is the wrong idea. Itís the nature of how you build distributed applications; itís why AT&T lost and the internet won. AT&T said "let's put all the intelligence into the network and at the center of the network." This is a battle thatís been fought many times.
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