Originally Posted by netzach
Of course he's got an agenda, but this particular point is only relevant for drawing in new customers. Steam has an integrated social platform with a loyal community, and Valve's games have brand recognition.
Of course. Valve wants to make a console, and they should. If you read all my posts, I talk about how rubbish PS3 and Xbox360 is relative to where we are now, in the middle of 2012. PS3 and Xbox360 have 2004-quality hardware. Game developers though, are gearing up to completely eclipse movie and TV studios in so many ways.
Just look at Deus Ex: HR, Mass Effect and Assassin's. Immense, remarkable storylines that put traditional media to shame. Educational too... Show me a tourist brochure for Florence and Venice and I can recognise quite a number of them! And I thought I was having fun!
So that said, let's look at PS3: 720p graphics, which iPad will easily eclipse in 2015. Xbox360: same. Unit sales: iPad will outnumber them.
The field is rife for someone to make a decent console that is a controlled ecosystem (or worst-case "walled garden" like, oh, the PS3 and Xbox360) that can run the demanding games this world now needs. Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft aren't going to do it, they're busy trying to push obsolete hardware through millions in marketing and stupid namby-pamby "motion detection" nonsense and even more Mario... Hitman Mario, Need For Speed: Mario, Avengers vs Mario, Team Fortress: Mario, Mario Mario Mario, who cares, we don't need to come up with anything original... (actually the above suggestions would be good Mario mashup games, not the generic stuff, which, while fun and Mario is well-loved, Nintendo needs to get sensible for a while).
All someone needs to do is this:
Create unix-based platform using OpenGL as a console
Brand it (Valve, Steam, whatever)
Make App Store for it
Make OpenGL stop looking crappy and make it look like DX11
Make console and sell it outright without annoying "exclusives" and hand-waving garbage
Put this into it and sell it for $399 ~ easy I tell you
Intel Core Duo 1.6ghz equivalent
120GB HDD (enough for games, download from cloud etc)
1GB DDR3 VRAM
1080p DX11 Unreal Engine 4-quality graphics
Hint: The above is so, so bl**dy cheap that nobody wants it anymore ~ you can find the above hardware in junk piles. Obviously you need new components but the standard they need to meet to push 1080p DX11 Unreal Engine 4-quality graphics is extremely, extremely cheap.
Originally Posted by lightknight
That's 100% true, and being Da Boss of Valve, he definitely knows a lot about controlling people's access to stuff.
Yeah, he's also talking about the Valve console hence bashing Windows. But Windows is rubbish anyway regardless of Gabe's motivations.