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Originally Posted by PvtHudson View Post

It's not a games console, it's not a "Steam Box".
Valve has been doing biometrics experiments for a while now. It's going to be a peripheral.

There was that one video with the full 3d interactive visual do0dad that you put on your head...
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I read the title as: Valve is looking for hardcore engineers
I thought this was going to be some kind of TF2 joke. That's how tired I am.
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Sounds like they're just putting together a small team for R&D to see where it takes them. Likely just routine stuff really for now, I don't foresee them making anything in the near future.

If they did make anything, my initial thoughts is it would likely be a microATX PC based "console" running some type of steam OS that had native support for both gamepads and mouse+keyboard. I don't know, we'll see something within the next 5 years I'm sure, some prototypes at the least! Definitely some speculation to be had.
    
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Lets talk pay now?

The going rate for an electrical engineer with these qualifcations is probably in the $80k+ range.
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Valve will probably call it the Companion Cube and be in the shape of a companion cube, valve fanboys will not be able to resist...
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The only benefits that i see of having a steam box is unless the next gen console, they could push the tdp envelope higher and go with more powerful component, but then come the problem of the os.. Since they don't want to do a "windows 7 running game in a small box alias a pc" and since pc use directX to run they would need modify it or use modified openGL to run more "direct to metal" or at a lower coding level since all the steambox would have all the same hardware.

They would also need tons and tons of developers and coders for they machine to become a rival to the next gens and you would see game case with Steam Works on the top instead of the usual xbox/playstation. Or may be they just want to do a box that stream from the pc to the tv or from they servers that actually run the game to the tv like Onlive.
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Even if it would be a console-type-thing how many of you guys will actually buy it? My guess is really low, because you can play all those games on your pc at better specs.
Steam will have a long way to go to get their name out to console users.
Didn't Valve officially denounce any rumors about making a console?

I don't understand what the benefit of them making a console would be. I wonder if they saw the VR demo involving HL2 by that group of people, and decided to purchase and advance the tech?
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This seems nice but I was thinking Steambox.
SteamEngine!
    
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I don't understand what the benefit of them making a console would be.
Cross platforming. Valve tried to make CS:GO cross platformed, PS3 owners could play PC owners but couldn't because of...something to do with updates and the PS3. It's about time a company tried to merge PC and console gamers together.
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the day that would happen, all console gamers would quit
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Cross platforming. Valve tried to make CS:GO cross platformed, PS3 owners could play PC owners but couldn't because of...something to do with updates and the PS3. It's about time a company tried to merge PC and console gamers together.

But...what does them making their own console from scratch just so you can claim cross-platform play get them?

Okay, so let's say valve makes a console (which has already been confirmed false by valve, but let's just for the sake of argument assume not). Now you can have PC + valve console cross-platforming. Great. I still don't see the benefit--you're making a console just so you can have cross-platform play between valve console and PC. It still doesn't make sense. And the update issue would still pop up since PC hardware would advance while console hardware wouldn't--you'd need updates as new graphics drivers are released for new hardware. The idea of cross-platform play won't ever come to fruition unless all of the platforms are identical (which really just means mono-platform play. smile.gif).

(IMHO, I think the real reason cross-platform never came to GO had little to do with updates, and everything to do with the fact that a keyboard + mouse will always win out against a controller in fast-paced FPS--generally, but not always. Mixing and matching is never good).
    
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