Speaking at year’s year’s LinuxCon, Valve’s Co-Founder Gabe Newell discussed the importance of Linux platform for the video games industry. Taking the stage the voiced his support for the platform, even though Linux has a menial market share.
Newell also pointed out that as a closed platform, Windows 8 is not going to allow new innovations to take place and be a hurdle for the development circles.
However, what took everyone by surprise was his teasing of a new hardware-related announcement that will arrive next week. Taking the stage, he opened his talks with a small joke:
“It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming. It’s sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope.”
That was followed by:
“Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room.”
It’s pretty straightforward that Gabe is talking of the Steam Box here, a small device capable of running Steam and allowing players to use it as a console for PC games on your TV.
Source Ars Technica