We all know that Valve are the masters of online game delivery and are pretty good at making original games themselves but it seems that even they are not immune to the problems of making hardware.
Personally I see this is a red flag that Gabe Newell shouldn’t ignore. Stick with software and don’t risk entering the hardware business.
According to Gabe
“There are noise issues and heat issues and being able to [deal with] that while still offering a powerful enough gaming experience is the challenge in building it.”
So 1 Internet point to whoever can remember which other piece of hardware released with heat and noise issues?
Yes the original Xbox 360 which was released with a huge marketing budget and then was nearly destroyed by the Red Ring of Death. Only to be saved by a windfall $1 Billion warranty budget from its big daddy, Microsoft.
While Valve are loaded they are not in a position to launch a similar marketing or warranty campaign and if the Steambox is released with overheating problems it is possible that it could sink faster than Greece’s economy.
Valve are also rumoured to be looking at how to measure players emotions and feedback via a custom controller…. added to the fact that they are unlikely to be able to subsidise the Steambox to the same extent as Microsoft and Sony and the entire idea starts to look a little shaky.
What do you think though, are you excited for the Steambox or do you believe it may ruin Valve as a company?