Gabe Newell hints at a Linux Steam Box, another blow to Microsoft
Microsoft’s struggle to attract a new generation of Windows users means that open source platforms like Linux are gaining traction not only amongst average PC users but also the gaming community. So along this line, Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve, has been very boisterous about his support for the future of PC gaming on Linux, and it seems like the company’s rumored ‘Steam Box’ will likely run Linux instead of Windows.
PC gaming is perhaps Microsoft’s most valuable security blanket, as evident by the company’s past botched Windows OS releases. Although Microsoft clearly still hold a majority of the stake when it comes to PC gaming, Linux is encroaching this once lucrative sanctuary. Valve, a major digital distributor of popular PC game titles, have already released its Steam client for Linux, and developers are following suit by porting over Windows titles and delivering several more blows to the struggling Redmond-giant.
“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,” said Newell.
While Microsoft is trying to create a Windows ecosystem that revolves around the company’s software and hardware offerings, third party software and hardware developers are showing their discontent by intermingling amongst themselves to kick Microsoft where it hurts most.
Gaming, whether it’s on the PC or mobile devices, will continue to thrive, and developers, publishers and distributors want their cuts without Microsoft’s meddling fingers. By jumping onto the open source wagon, these players can continue to build upon what they think is rightfully theirs, and as Newell continues to emphasize:
“…Linux and open source are the future of gaming…”