There's a few good reasons why Valve would have interest in Linux.
They're probably not fans of the new consoles. The new consoles are basically PCs but with app stores. Those app stores are probably going to kill Steam, or at least attempt too. Microsoft will have games for the next generation Xbox that'll also be playable on PCs and tablets. Sony will stick with X86 to retain that compatibility, while Microsoft will probably go ARM.
Now imagine yourself as Valve who has built this huge service called Steam. What Microsoft and Sony is doing is taking away this business from Valve. This is where the rumors of the Steam console comes in. Whatever the hardware they decide to use, they'll have to contend with an OS first.
#1 They could use Windows and load up a Steam UI to take over. Though this will risk having users bypass this to download games off Microsoft's app store.
#2 Working with Apple to create this Steam machine might work, but Apple wouldn't want to work with them. In fact, they'll want their games on their app store and forget about Steam.
#3 Create a working version of Steam for Linux and try working around a lot of the existing graphical issues that exist. Most likely resulting in the creation of the Steam app, and possibly the Steam distro.
Valve feels threaten by Microsoft and Sony as they want to take a piece of the pie.
Last edited by Dukenukemx; 04-02-2012 at 11:40 PM.
They're probably not fans of the new consoles. The new consoles are basically PCs but with app stores.
Yea, the playstation 4 is going to be x86 based.. So Sony is going to be selling PCs with a bit of hardware DRM / TPM mixed in along with their own proprietary OS and Sony App store. The playstation 4 is going to be sold at a much cheaper price than what it costs Sony to manuf. the hardware so you'd get much more hardware for your dollar buying a PS4 than a regular PC. Sony plans to make up the difference by charging $60 for games + $15 for each DLC pack for the game, and in some cases there are half a dozen or more DLC packs... All of which will be dowloaded. The days of consoles are over. Of course, it looks like Sony will keep the platform locked down so you can only run Sony software.