At the 2013 DICE Summit this year, Valve head honcho Gabe Newell delivered a 30-minute keynote speech which, apart from his normal rant regarding Linux plus Windows 8, revealed several interesting ideology held by Valve. He primarily focused about 2 points: That the PC ecosystem is moving into the living area, plus which the games company usually become increasingly focused found on the exchange of digital goods plus services.
We’ve absolutely watched Valve follow the ideology which the PC ecosystem is moving into the living space. The company’s Big Imagine mode for Steam lets you shoot whatever you’re doing about Steam over to the tv, plus is suitable with a controller rather of the keyboard plus mouse in the event you thus want. With the announcement of the Steam Box, a Steam system, Valve is absolutely trying to bring a big part of the PC ecosystem — games — to the living area.
When discussing the PC, he focused found on the strengths plus weaknesses of the platform because a entire. We absolutely recognize how much he dislikes the way Microsoft is taking Windows, plus you absolutely understand which Valve has created a foray into Linux because an attempt not to just bring Linux players certain deserved attention, however, to find when what exactly is basically the last remaining open PC platform is a worthwhile 1 for games. He pointed out a main failing of the PC platform — irrespective of the closed way Microsoft plus Apple have been taking it — is input techniques. Comparing the PC platform to the Wii plus iPad, Newell noted which PC input techniques have struggled to continue, despite the reality a few of you feel which the keyboard plus mouse combination is these an perfect system of input which there’s no space left to innovate. However, he noted which the PC’s strength is multimedia services — citing media-streaming outlets like Hulu plus social networking platforms like Facebook plus Twitter — plus being a platform for innovation, very about the gaming scene.
Newell commented found on the free-to-play payment model, that Valve famously employed with Team Fortress 2, plus more lately with Dota 2. He noted which Valve saw a tenfold heighten inside consumers whenever it turned TF2 to the free-to-play model, and a threefold heighten inside revenue, suggesting which Photoshop must go free-to-play. Gaben additionally feels which gaming must focus more about user-generated content, noting which today “users [do] a greater job of creating content then you are.” He moreover thinks which the cloud usually play a piece inside gaming’s future, yet less a “core architecture for delivering games to customers.” Indeed, full cloud gaming might need an amount of bandwidth most individuals really don’t have yet.
As for Valve’s latest passion for Linux, Newell mentioned it’s a “get-out-of-jail free pass” for the industry, could the industry need 1 at certain point. There aren’t too various lines inside that to read between here, because Newell meant which really just in case everything goes wrong with Microsoft plus Apple running systems, which Linux is there with open arms simply just in case. Gaben also thinks which Apple is a organization to watch with aware eyes, because the company’s device scale plus “natural path to the living room” can provide it immense energy over the house entertainment land — more force than it absolutely has.
Whether or not Newell ends up being right regarding any of the is up inside the air, however all you need to do to locate out is wait for it to come true or not.