Neoseeker : News : Job listing from Valve geared towards "new types of input, output, and platform hardware"
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S-I-E Apr 13, 12
you mean something like a Gabe-station 1?

interesting.
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lKasHl Apr 13, 12
quote S-I-E
you mean something like a Gabe-station 1?

interesting.
I like what you did there.

I'm doubtful as to whether Valve would be willing to jump head first into the console market or whether this might be in relation to peripherals or something along those lines.

Still its perfectly plausible that Valve might consider assembling their own line of PC's before selling them to consumers at a discount.
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Shadow of Death Apr 13, 12
I think the main reason a lot of people DON'T complain about steam DRM, is the sales. You can still find PS3 and 360 games going for just $5 less than 'brand new' price a long time after the game has come out. Steam sales can allow you to get games considerably cheaper than console counterparts. It's not too uncommon for a decent game to go 50% off less than 6 months after it has been released on PC. By then there would be plenty of gameplay videos and reviews from different sources to decide whether the game is worth the money.

Plus the interface is pretty good.

People DO often complain about extra DRM on top of that, because really it just isn't necessary.

Plus, the whole '$10 less per game' thing. Though some publishers are tacking on that extra $10 anyway >_
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Nagare Apr 13, 12
quote S-I-E
you mean something like a Gabe-station 1?

interesting.
I think you mean Gabecube
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Nagare Apr 13, 12
Based on a blog post from a Valve engineer, they are looking into "Steam glasses" and "wearable computing," sounds interesting but the guy warns not to expect anything because it is just R&D.
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DedValve Apr 13, 12
If they are indeed making a "steambox" I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
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ashantiqua Apr 13, 12
Gabecube is perfect hhahha

It wouldve been nice to see this a couple years ago or so, only because if it used off the shelf components, which is likely, itd push dx10 / dx11 more as an industry standard, only because the gabecube would bring that hardware to a hefty amount of more people.

Now with the next gen of consoles hitting in a couple years, that alone will push dx11, so yeah.

Cant really imagine what a gabecube could offer to those already with a capable pc and steam installed... Besides even better game prices.
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lKasHl Apr 13, 12
quote ashantiqua
Cant really imagine what a gabecube could offer to those already with a capable pc and steam installed... Besides even better game prices.
I'd assume that the hardware prices would be alot more competitive since they would be buying directly from vendors in HUGE quantities. I'd say that the equivalent discount between buying a gabe-cube/station could present a discount of about 20% on overall component costs.
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Wakaman Apr 14, 12
To be honest I've envied the prices on Steam for a while. The Orbis going prodigital isn't as exciting because there is no chance in hell that we would get games at discount prices unless we're Plus members.

I'd buy one tbh, if only for buying the games at ridiculously low prices. It would make for a sweater deal than the Orbis.

Steambox, sounds nice. I'd go for Sauna though.
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Hellfire29 Apr 15, 12
Reading the actual jobs page makes you that much more excited.
There's definitely something cooking there that involves "knowledge of fastener types and enclosure design" and "Proficiency with choosing and mounting electromechanical actuators and sensors"
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