a steam console ?
good or bad idea ?
a steam console ?
because it would have to be on par with a mid range PC which would cost billions to develop and distribute (which valve don't have). Everybody already HAS a PC so you'd be selling people something they already have.
They already have market penetration on the medium they're set on so theres no need to try and retail further hardware.
it would require retail distribution, something valve hates.
Can you think of any more reasons?
" because it would have to be on par with a mid range PC which would cost billions to develop and distribute (which valve don't have). Everybody already HAS a PC so you'd be selling people something they already have. They already have market penetration on the medium they're set on so theres no need to try and retail further hardware. it would require retail distribution, something valve hates. Can you think of any more reasons? "/thread
Yeah, I don't see it, why would they want to?
maybe steam could be incorporated in the "cloud" and that could be considered some sort of console type thing, but it would still need a peripheral to go through, and that would be a long way of before everything that it would need has been in place for world wide consumer appreciation.
" bad idea, they are already making alot of money, the console your refering to is using the pc platform. They will lose money if they only made a console with their ports, they don't put out enough games that often, worst idea ever. "
They already have the digital download pc market all but completely to themselves. Also to research and develop a console while maintaining Steam and developing their own games would cost mad money and that's even before manufacturing, marketing or distribution. They have cash but not that kind of cash.
Tho I totally understand why Valve doesn't make a console but I would be curious to see how they'd do if they started selling Valve branded, pre-made PCs optimized for Steam.
And then to take it one step further by releasing periodic upgrade kits that can be ordered and installed by the user or sent to Valve to have the upgrade installed for you.
This could end up being the best of both worlds for a lot of gamers that want the benefits of the PC and Steam without a lot of the headaches that come with the platform.
Valve doesn't have the resources to do that... only big corporations like the one we have can spend millions on a console which may or may not be commercially viable.
The only real new contender I can think of entering into the fray is Apple, but I can't imagine why they would want to do that when they already have the gaming apps on their iPhone and iPad.
" @Ninja: There was a lot of talk about EA launching a console around the time this generation started. It's not that outlandish. "That was also outlandish talk. It was forum rumour, the EA thing was never anything more. It was just kids speaking garbage to get attention.
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