You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the gaming circuit that has not at least heard of Valve, played one of their games, or used Steam, their digital distribution software.

As many already know, with the release of Windows 8, Valve’s co-founder and chief managing director, Gabe Newell, did not have kind words for Microsoft’s new, and controversial, software.  Speaking with Casual Connect last year, Newell publicly lambasted the Windows 8 operating system.

 “I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PCs, and OEMs who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”

Now, reports suggest Newell and Valve are making alternatives a future certainty.  According to, Valve will officially present Steam Box, a Linux-based video game console, sometime in 2013.

The presumed release of Valve’s Steam Box is already causing some stir in the gaming world, and it will be interesting to see what the development of such hardware will ultimately lead to.

Do you think the Steam Box will be a “game-changer,” or will it only be a blip on the radar?  Is Windows 8 truly a “catastrophe” for gaming as Newell says?  Comment below!



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