A Linux Game Changer?

So the Linux based Steam Gaming Console has been relased, or at least one version of it. It is called Piston and it seems quite nice looking.

Personally I think this device has a potential to truly transform the Linux desktop and gaming market. If this things takes off it could for instance make linux drivers the top priority for the makers for graphic chips. And people specalizing in gaming oriented high end PCs would also be likely to start offering those machines with Linux.

So I don’t know about you, but I will for sure buy one of these boxes when it comes out :)


#1 Nacho on 01.08.13 at 11:51

Me too. I hope it’s hackeable (Valve said it would be). And having more games supporting Linux (even if it’s because the Piston console), means that a lot of people can ditch it’s windows partition. Interesting times for Linux. 2013 may not be the year of the Linux desktop, but it’s probably the year of Linux gaming

#2 St├ęphane on 01.08.13 at 14:52

A linux gaming machine that can also be a small linux workstation… I will surely buy it too. I can’t wait for it.

#3 Benjamin on 01.08.13 at 17:52

If it’s really priced between 500 and 900 dollars as the Xi3 models suggest then it’s going to be hard for Valve.

#4 uraeus on 01.08.13 at 22:30

Well I think there will be a lot of different machines at different price levels, my guess is that Valve will do like Google and let anyone who wants to make a Steam box. And remember this is not a suckers deal like the traditional consoles where you get the console under cost, but pay a silly amount of the games.

#5 Steven on 01.08.13 at 19:13

That looks very much like an Xi3 pc.

#6 Steven on 01.08.13 at 19:14

Apparently I should at least read the title of the linked article. Yes it’s an Xi3.

#7 Articus on 01.09.13 at 05:28

Im sorry to intrude, but im trying to spread the word on another linux gaming system that just opened a kickstarter campaign.
Please check it out, its called the GCW Zero

To purchase your own or to support the project: http://kck.st/U2hNU3

For more info visit: http://www.gcw-zero.com/
For GCW prototype videos: http://www.youtube.com/qbertaddict1

[WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

#8 Christian on 01.09.13 at 10:06

Well, that sounds great. Maybe in a few years, Linux will be more relevant to game dev’s than Windows. There already are some very good “state of the art” graphics and game engines like Irrlicht or Crystal Space – now there’s a video game system to put them to use for the masses.
I’d say it’s up to the developers and manufacturers now to make some really good games (and maybe remakes) for this wonderful thing – oh yes, and I’m gonna buy one of them as soon as they get published in Germany!

#9 Papa blogger on 01.10.13 at 17:50

Steam Gaming console is the most ambitious project of VALVE . Company said that it is a hybrid device which will join technology from the console world with technology from the PC world – creating an affordable, easy-to-use system for playing the latest PC games.

Steam gaming consol