why don't valve make a console ?

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#1 Posted by danpat177 (142 posts) -

a steam console ? 
good or bad idea ?

#2 Posted by ajamafalous (11991 posts) -

What incentive do they have?

#3 Posted by Jadeskye (4367 posts) -

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?

#4 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

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.

#5 Posted by AjayRaz (12427 posts) -
@jadeskye said:
" 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 
#6 Posted by bartok (2480 posts) -

Valve doesn't feel like flushing money down the toilet.

#7 Posted by supermike6 (3564 posts) -

Because they're not stupid.

#8 Posted by one_2nd (2359 posts) -

Is this a serious question? 

#9 Posted by pwnasaurus (1286 posts) -

steam is for pc thats how life is, the sky is blue, humans breath air, and steam is for computers basic laws of the universe.

#10 Posted by Red12b (9084 posts) -

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.

#11 Posted by LiquidSwords (2738 posts) -

Fake poster?

#12 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

cause it would be a 500$ pc.

#13 Posted by ZanzibarBreeze (3071 posts) -
@HitmanAgent47 said:
" 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. "
 
Yeah, they'd just end up losing money. It's just not a good idea for them.
#14 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -

Valve should make a car and give away free gas.

#15 Posted by Jadeskye (4367 posts) -
@AjayRaz: <3
#16 Posted by ch3burashka (5067 posts) -

Because they already own a console: the PC. Microsoft left it by the wayside, effectively giving Valve sole ownership.

#17 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -

Because you'd have to upgrade it every few months or it would be obsolete. 

#18 Posted by mau64 (539 posts) -

They need to just stick with Steam. Competing against Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft would be a waste of time.

#19 Posted by Lemoncookie01 (1667 posts) -

Valve doesn't have the money or resources to do that.

#20 Posted by BeachThunder (11927 posts) -

I'm writing the comment on a 'Valve Console'.

#21 Posted by evanbrau (1162 posts) -

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.

#22 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

Most random idea, ever.

#23 Posted by Zidane_24 (738 posts) -

They already pretty much run the PC market. Why do they need to do anything more than make Steam better?
#24 Posted by WoodenPlatypus (1365 posts) -

I lol'd.
#25 Posted by Daveyo520 (6742 posts) -

Because they are a developer and a PC developer at that. Why not just say Steam is their console.

#26 Posted by Atomasist (2818 posts) -

Valve's console is the PC.

#27 Posted by TomWhitbrook (434 posts) -

Better question: why don't blizzard just make some sort of WOW-box console? They would make a god damn killing.

#28 Posted by Ninja (534 posts) -

Why doesn't EA make a console? What are you talking about?

#29 Posted by Hourai (2795 posts) -

No.

#30 Posted by Tebbit (4465 posts) -
@Diamond said:
" Valve should make a car and give away free gas. "
A steam-powered car? Now you're thinkin'!
#31 Edited by ProfessorEss (7361 posts) -

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.
 
(Just brainstormin')

#32 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2687 posts) -
@Ninja: There was a lot of talk about EA launching a console around the time this generation started. It's not that outlandish.
#33 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

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.

#34 Posted by Jasta (2217 posts) -

Valve = PC 

ya dig?

#35 Posted by DjTann3r (214 posts) -

they already rule the pc side of things. that's like having a console.

#36 Posted by Gamer_152 (14077 posts) -

It's called the PC.

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#37 Posted by sagesebas (2003 posts) -
@danpat177: whats wrong with you
#38 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Steam Consoles? 
I want a console that runs on steam

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#39 Posted by EpicSteve (6487 posts) -

Steam is a platform on its own. The console market is too crowded, and to create one costs billions in R&D and other behind the scenes things.

#40 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -
@SumDeus said:
" What the fuck is wrong with you? "
#41 Posted by Kiemoe (1055 posts) -

It would be cool if Valve teamed up with a PC manufacturer and made Valve branded gaming pc's with steam already installed. But other than that, I don't think it would be a great idea

#42 Posted by Ninja (534 posts) -
@Rolyatkcinmai said:
" @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.
#43 Posted by LiquidPrince (15942 posts) -

Because they are a software company, not hardware. They already have the hardware to release their games on.

#44 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

It would be a bad idea. Valve built a loyal PC fan base. why segment it? 

#45 Posted by memo (421 posts) -

Their console is the PC, look how many people are on steam

#46 Posted by Fallen189 (5004 posts) -
@LiquidPrince said:
" Because they are a software company, not hardware. They already have the hardware to release their games on. "
The only sensible answer in this thread.
#47 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2687 posts) -
@Ninja: Yes, because a wealthy software company launching hardware is just so ridiculous. 
#48 Posted by InfamousBIG (3201 posts) -

This is possibly the stupidest thing I have ever read.

#49 Edited by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -



#50 Posted by animateria (3253 posts) -

It's called a PC...
 
Sometimes a MAC.

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