Dear Valve, do you know how difficult it has been NOT to talk about you for this entire week? You know that most gaming/technical companies takes only one day to make all their major announcements. You could have had a nice big, publicized event that lasts for a few hours and then leave while everyone on the internet goes into a frenzy about what you just announced.
That is not to say I did not like the announcement. It is a bold move moving away from the player’s bedroom’s or gaming stations and throwing your- TF2 themed- hat into the race to the living room. You have some steep and very well established competition that you have to fight against for literal screen time.
But I think you handled it perfectly, announcing that your brand new Steam Operation System and publishing it for free (both distribution and free to tinker with everything under the hood). You threw everyone for a loop when you said that you were going to outsource the constructing of the actual
Gabecube Steam Machines to other companies and technical people in the gaming community. It is as if you knew that elitist PC gamers would find any and all faults they had with the hardware of anything you would have created by yourself.
And it will be exciting to see how the controlled console companies and the console market will react to this free, open source, and hackable gaming platform showing up in the living room at the beginning of next year. You are definitely going to make me break out my old economic books for future posts, but if history has taught us anything the future might look eerily like the current smart phone market.
The only thing that gave me pause was your new controller, I do not know how well the trackpad will work with a game that demands quick reflexes, but I will see how it will function once it is ready for the stores. I do appreciate that you gave us the option for other 3rd party controllers or a good old-fashioned mouse and keyboard.
But despite my concerns about the controller I wish you the best of luck for the you and your new career path. We should get catch up in person more often, maybe meet up for coffee at next year’s PAX East, what do you say?
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P.S this post has nothing to do with me trying to increase my chances of receiving a prototype of the Steam Machine….but Valve if you are listening, I wouldn’t say no to beta testing your system.