Valve is ready to reveal more about its secret Steam Box project next week. At a presentation at LinuxCon, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell said the company is going to share new information on its upcoming hardware project, and emphasized the importance of Linux and an open source environment for gaming.
“Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room,” he said. “It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming. It’s sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope.”
Linux has always been part of the plan for Steam Box; Gabe Newell has repeatedly showed displeasure at Microsoft and it’s approach with Windows 8. Valve launched Steam for Linux last year and has been continually working on getting game developers to support the operating system.
Steam Box was announced last year and has been a mystery so far. Little is known about it, expect of course that it will be a PC supporting Steam and Linux out of the box, but Valve had teased advanced technology support such as bio-metricfeedback and it will interesting to see how far the company has come with their initial plans.
Via Ars Technica.