This is the best news fucking EVER
According to sources, the company has been working on a hardware spec and associated software which would make up the backbone of a "Steam Box." The actual devices may be made by a variety of partners, and the software would be readily available to any company that wants to get in the game.Apparently meetings were held during CES to demo a hand-built version of the device to potential partners. We're told that the basic specs of the Steam Box include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. The devices will be able to run any standard PC titles, and will also allow for rival gaming services (like EA's Origin) to be loaded up.Part of the goal of establishing a baseline for hardware, we're told, is that it will give developers a clear lifecycle for their products, with changes possibly coming every three to four years. Additionally, there won't be a required devkit, and there will be no licensing fees to create software for the platform.
We're hearing that a wide variety of USB peripherals will be compatible with the boxes, though it will likely ship with a proprietary controller. It's possible that the controller will even allow for swappable components, meaning that it can be reconfigured depending on the type of game you're playing.http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/2/284...gaming-consoleThe Steam Box could be unveiled at GDC, though we're also hearing that the company may wait until E3 this year to show off what it's been working on.
This is the greatest thing ever. It's basically the same concept of the 3DO - a console "spec" that can be built by any manufacturer -- or built at home by an individual. Only, unlike the 3DO, it's being built ontop of an already massively successful service, and, best of fucking all - NO LICENSING FEES TO DEVELOP FOR IT. That is unbelievable, this will wind up being the first, mainstream open-source console.
I am so fucking pumped.