Steam Box confirmed by Valve Engineer for 2013, will be Linux-based – Report

It looks like the Steambox that has been widely reported by many sites is in fact a real thing.

This time we have an official confirmation by a Valve engineer, Ben Krasnow, who talked about a Linux-based Valve console scheduled for 2013. German site attended a special event, and it seems a bunch of other products are planned by Valve as well.

The Hardware Lab also has a few secret projects that will be published in 2013. We have a good group of electronic and mechanical engineers, and we look forward to “build some cool stuff.” Krasnov said. (Rough German translation)

It is being said that this console will be announced by them sometime this year, but there’s no specific timing given for it. It’s not clear whether they will hold a separate conference or announce it at E3.

The console will run Linux, and based on the recent comments by Gabe Newell on how Windows 8 is something of a “catastrophe” and they don’t want to be dependent on it, this is not surprising at all. Valve engineer Krasnow has been working on the hardware with Jeri Ellsworth since 2011, the German site reports.

The Game Developers Conference will be held between March 25-29 this year. That is one of the best events to announce the console as well.


  1. stallman

    January 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    2013 YOLD!

  2. dilduuuuuu

    January 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    go eat some toe jam, stallman

  3. Richard

    January 5, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I’d just like to interject for a moment. What you’re refering to as
    Linux, is in fact, GNU/LInux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it,
    GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather
    another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by
    the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components
    comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

    Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every
    day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the
    version of GNU which is widely used today is often called “Linux”, and
    many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system,
    developed by the GNU Project.
    There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is
    just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in
    the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs
    that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system,
    but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete
    operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU
    operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or
    GNU/Linux. All the so-called “Linux” distributions are really
    distributions of GNU/Linux.

    • Eccentricone

      January 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm


      • liamdawe

        January 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm


    • Bla

      January 5, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      No, it’s just Linux. You can tell from context if that means the whole OS or only the kernel. “GNU/Linux” is ugly and inaccurate. You don’t need any software from the GNU Project to run a fully featured Linux OS. There are alternatives for everything.

    • liamdawe

      January 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Rich, shush now.

    • Shaun

      January 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Other than neckbeards… Who cares?

    • Tavish

      January 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

      how do you know that? they didn’t seem to report what the userspace is. (it probably is though)

    • Michael Tunnell

      January 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      I would bet money that this is not actually Stallman and that at least most of you know that but for the people who don’t…I’m sure Stallman has his own Disqus account or maybe not since it isn’t Open Source but then he wouldn’t allow himself to post anything at all with it because it breaks his stupid philosophy of “all or nothing”…so either way it isn’t him.

      So what I’m really saying is that…the above comment was probably not from him…but he most likely would have said something just as stupid and pointless.

  4. Curtis Isabell

    January 6, 2013 at 1:48 am

    It will be interesting if they bring PC games to consoles but chances are this is just a simple buy that is just a PC itself so rather then a 4th console in the mix it will simply be a computer that should be priced well be compact and simply play PC games.

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