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Valve's Steam Box May Be Part of Apple's iTV

By - Source: GameSpot | B 30 comments

Is Valve building console hardware for Apple's iOS-based HDTV?

Now here's a whacky rumor that could actually pan out to be true: Apple is working on a games console. More specifically, the company's console project may be linked to reports that Valve is working on its own gaming console. Throw in additional rumors that Apple is developing a gesture-based, Siri-controlled HDTV that will reportedly change the world forever, and you have a nice little foundation to build a solid, capable rumor.

Let's start with Valve. We know the company is up to something -- it's just not going to admit to anything just yet. Recently Doug Lombardi said Valve wasn't working on anything immediate, but left the door wide open for speculation of a console release at a later date. But as reported on Saturday, a job listing at Valve now confirms the company's plans after all, reading:

"For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we're developing hardware to enhance those experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen."

There's no denying Steam Box now. Previously it was presumably a list of hardware specs for PC vendors much like Intel lists spec requirements for Ultrabooks. But Valve's listing takes an interesting Apple-like approach to its wording, reading:

"We're not talking about me-too mice and gamepads here – help us invent whole new gaming experiences."

Sound familiar? So there's Part 1 of our rumor: Valve is working on a new gaming experience by developing hardware. Part 2 consists of Apple CEO Tim Cook actually visiting Valve's Bellevue, Washington headquarters. It's reportedly a big step for the fruity company, as at one time Apple "didn't get gaming" as stated by Valve CEO Gabe Newell.

"We have this pattern with Apple where we meet with them, people there go 'wow, gaming is incredibly important, we should do something with gaming,' and then we'll say, 'OK, here are three things you could do to make that better,' and then they say OK, and then we never see them again," Newell said in an interview back in 2007. "And then a year later, a new group of people show up, who apparently have no idea that the last group of people were there, and never follow through on anything. So, they seem to think that they want to do gaming, but there's never any follow through on any of the things they say they're going to do."

Flash forward to 2012, and gaming is rocking Apple's world in a big, cash-cow way on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It even has a Game Center where iOS device owners can make friends, hook up to play multiplayer games and share scores. We're even told by many app developers that iOS is the favored platform mostly because of a limited hardware set and the insane popularity of Apple's iPad.

That brings us to Part 3. For starters, let's not forget that both Apple and Valve provide a closed network, backed by a strong community. Valve has also recently spoken out about its annoyance with trying to integrate Steam into Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Valve and Apple are seemingly a good pair if they get all their ducks lined up in a row correctly which is why an Apple iTV packed with Valve's gaming hardware doesn't seem all that far-fetched. That's what Apple Tim Cook reportedly went to go see: progress on the console aspect that will rely on motion and touch-based controls.

So what will the Valve hardware focus on? Mac games or PC games? Steam offers both, but the offering would presumably be Mac-based so that customers can play them on their Macs as well. So far there's no indication that streaming will be involved, leading to presumptions that, like apps, games will be purchased, downloaded, and installed locally on the device. Purchases and saved games will be stored in the cloud.

To be honest, if Apple struck a deal with Valve to include the latter studio's hardware in its iTV, there's a good chance we won't see anything similar beyond the iOS/Mac realm. You know how Apple can be with those troublesome "favored nation" clauses.

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    coolgod , April 17, 2012 11:49 PM
    nooooooooooooo
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    AMD X6850 , April 18, 2012 2:33 AM
    Quote:
    Flash forward to 2012, and gaming is rocking Apple's world in a big, cash-cow way on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


    Apple doesn't support Flash.
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    acidic , April 18, 2012 12:02 AM
    i wish this site would actually do research BEFORE posting total bs. it has already been stated that valve is working on a wearable computer

    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/valve%E2%80%99s_mystery_hardware_project_revealed_wearable_computing
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  • 22 Hide
    coolgod , April 17, 2012 11:49 PM
    nooooooooooooo
  • 14 Hide
    acidic , April 18, 2012 12:02 AM
    i wish this site would actually do research BEFORE posting total bs. it has already been stated that valve is working on a wearable computer

    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/valve%E2%80%99s_mystery_hardware_project_revealed_wearable_computing
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    unksol , April 18, 2012 12:05 AM
    this would be a tragedy. I suppose steam works with mac now. but these bad rumors. crap reporting...

    apple doesn't do gaming. for a good company to prop up an evil company... massive backlash. I suppose if valve/steam drives the bus, its available to everyone, and apples kept ought of it. it may work. So basically. Not apple. Not closed. Just an option on their weird TV. maybe.

    I give credit to Tim cook on being an adult and working for the good of the company. so now that jobs and his evil personalality are gone. who knows.
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    hmp_goose , April 18, 2012 12:31 AM
    Remember the story about pitching Kinetic to Apple first, but running away in horror of the NDAs involved to park on the campus and have the meet'n great? With this much info floating around about a "proposed" Apple product, we may lose Valve to some lawsuit …
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    Anonymous , April 18, 2012 12:55 AM
    or Apple may just buy Valve
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    jkflipflop98 , April 18, 2012 12:56 AM
    skoobysnaksor Apple may just buy Valve


    They should buy Taiwan. Imagine the long-term profits.
  • 0 Hide
    amuffin , April 18, 2012 1:41 AM
    Selling out?
  • 7 Hide
    koga73 , April 18, 2012 2:23 AM
    nooooo this is like the Jedi joining forces with the Sith
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    AMD X6850 , April 18, 2012 2:33 AM
    Quote:
    Flash forward to 2012, and gaming is rocking Apple's world in a big, cash-cow way on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


    Apple doesn't support Flash.
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    fb39ca4 , April 18, 2012 2:42 AM
    koga73nooooo this is like the Jedi joining forces with the Sith

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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    spasmolytic46 , April 18, 2012 2:42 AM
    If true, then we are so freaking close to steam working natively with Linux. It's not nice toying with my emotions like this.
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    fb39ca4 , April 18, 2012 2:43 AM
    john_4I have STEAM on my Win 7 gaming rig I built and I can put it on my Mac then install many of the games that are on my Windows rig right now. Go Open GL/CL F Off bloated proprietary Direct X.

    Actually DirectX is quite optimized. OpenGL has a lot of catchup to play, which is why it is not used as much for games on platforms that do support DirectX.
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    spasmolytic46 , April 18, 2012 2:44 AM
    AMD X6850Apple doesn't support Flash.


    That's the one thing I like about apple.
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    spentshells , April 18, 2012 2:46 AM
    If you sell your soul to the devil don't complain about the deal later.
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    dreadlokz , April 18, 2012 4:05 AM
    rumors rumors, gimme some facts!
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    husker , April 18, 2012 4:56 AM
    koga73nooooo this is like the Jedi joining forces with the Sith

    More like Anakin Skywalker cutting down all the wide-eyed younglings...
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    sublime2k , April 18, 2012 5:02 AM
    I have a box that can run Steam games, does that count as Steam box?
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    alxianthelast , April 18, 2012 5:53 AM
    Game industry might spiral into oblivion if Apple bought Valve (and tried to control them). So I hope that's solidly far fetched.

    But a solid hardware ecosystem.. modest software on both sides for OS and content.. might be a good mix. But I don't think Mac and PC+Console Steam users will mix unless Windows also implodes as a gaming and OS platform and Origin somehow gains traction.. oh wait..
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    fixxxer113 , April 18, 2012 8:58 AM
    About the voice and gesture thing...

    Samsung already revealed a voice and gesture controlled tv in CES 2012.
    Just saying, cuz in a couple of months Apple will be suing everyone for this and claiming they invented it first (it's not even a new invention, just existing techs combined).

    Personally, I think this is useless, except for people with disabilities. Voice control and audio feedback would benefit blind people for instance and gestures might help people that have trouble using a remote with their fingers (or maybe don't even have fingers).

    For anyone else, simply pushing a button is way more efficient and quick than any other gimmick, as proved by the whole motion control thing in games.
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    ojas , April 18, 2012 11:31 AM
    greghome*Bought Taiwan*Que Chinese Invasion....

    No, just that Foxconn workers would probably just revolt and refuse to make iCrap. :D 
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