Is Steam for Linux missing the Big Picture (pun intended) with the SteamBox?
First, I just want to say that I'm super excited about the Valve SteamBox (meh on third party steamboxes though). That said, I think a big part of why PS3 and 360 are successful in the living room is the availability of media apps like Netflix, HBO Go, etc. and I think Valve is missing out a bit by focusing 100% on games (though I'm there are plenty that will argue that it's a shame that consoles have moved away from them and are focusing on being entertainment boxes, my [non-gamer] wife would disagree).
With Microsoft pushing Media Center to it's grave with the latest 360 update (and Windows 8) it would be so cool if I could launch MythTV (or XBMC front end) from within Steam natively.
Also, see the comments from Gabe in the interview from the the verge (http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/8/3852144/gabe-newell-interview-steam-box-future-of-gaming
Does Gabe realize that Netflix doesn't work (natively) with linux? I don't want to have to switch inputs on my TV to another device (like Roku, etc) to consume media - I would rather that the steambox serve as a one-stop shop.So... Netflix on the Steam Box?
Oh absolutely. You can fire up a web browser, you can do whatever you want.What about Xbox and Apple TV? How are you going to compete on the multimedia side?
So there are these $50 sort of things that output [media] from a PC somewhere in your house. There’s Miracast, and Shield from Nvidia, and so on. Those will be the cheap way to do it, and they’ll be high quality in the home. I spent a bunch of time when [OnLive] first started coming out, saying at the end of the day that trying to do that over [the internet] is the wrong idea. It’s the nature of how you build distributed applications; it’s why AT&T lost and the internet won. AT&T said "let's put all the intelligence into the network and at the center of the network." This is a battle that’s been fought many times.