We should really start taking points or placing bets on the things that we spitball on the GamerSushi Show. Eventually, we’d make ourselves some money or score some major Internet achievements or something. As it is, it’s nice when news comes out that we’ve already discussed.
The particular news item I’m referencing at the moment would be that of the rumored Valve gaming console, which has taken tech and gaming sites by storm over the weekend. The Verge wrote of this rumor just the other day, when writer Joseph Topolsky reported that Valve has in fact been working on a game machine for the living. While some are calling this a “console”, it actually sounds more like an affordable PC gaming rig, with Steam at its core.
According to Verge, Valve’s rumored machine “would place Steam at the center of an open gaming universe that mirrors what Google has done with Android.” Their sources have also told them that the hardware inside would feature a a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GPU. Beyond that, the controller would be something that would allow for swappable peripherals like track balls, analog sticks, etc.
So how’s that for a wild rumor? While we normally try to be careful with these kinds of things, it’s definitely picked up some steam (pun totally intended) over the last couple of weeks. People are saying that Valve was shopping this around at CES, some pictures showed up on a Valve employee’s Twitter feed and some patents have even been found regarding the controller. Some are wondering if Valve will even announce this thing at GDC.
Phew. So what do you guys think about all this? As we talked about in our podcast, I think a Steam-box would be a great addition to the gaming market. At the right price, it would give people access to an open platform like Steam without all the BS that comes with today’s home consoles.
Weigh in, gents. If you are someone that doesn’t have the money or the inclination to build your own PC, could you see this being a viable option? Go!
Source – The Verge