Because I run Ubuntu primarily and don't have winders around it's exciting to watch the ever changing Valve foray into GNU/Linux support.
http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/16/3652756/valve-big-picture-mode-steam-os-linux-game-console
If they release a spec, I'd build a Steam Box.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/18/2012 at 07:05pm

They keep denying that they're working toward a Steam Box, but they keep doing things that make it look more likely. Who knows whether they will or not, but I'd certainly pre-order one. :)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 11/18/2012 at 10:11pm

With big picture mode, Linux support and some hardware rumors coming from Valve a console seems very likely. I hope they have success with big picture and Linux too because I would love moving from a Playstation to a Steam box. :D

Robert_Lount   Post Author wrote on 11/19/2012 at 04:40am

Or to get a Steam client on a LinuxMCE type box plugged into a nice TV. I might get to join the modern world!

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/19/2012 at 05:42am

Honestly instead of steams own system I would be much more happy if steam was linked between all consoles and pc. That way if I buy something on console or pc I can still play it on the opposite. I'd also buy more console games because there would be the amazing steam sales.

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/19/2012 at 05:44am

Actually I just had a thought even better. What if we could load a game on our pc and use the console to play on it. That way you could use the controllers the game was meant to have. Without having to pay for extra controllers for your pc for every ported console game.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 11/19/2012 at 05:55am

One of the reasons I though Portal 2 was so cool. If you got the PS3 version you got a Steam code for a PC copy. I played single player on PS3 then later made some levels on the PC version. I want this for everything.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/19/2012 at 03:14pm

Jacob, for what it's worth, I use my PS3 and 360 controllers on my PC to play games. Haven't bought a PC controller in years.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/19/2012 at 03:16pm

And Jon, yes. I thought it was amazing to start up Portal 2 and sign into Steam... ON MY PS3! I wish other games had taken that route-- buy it on PS3, get it on PC for free. Even better, with Steam cloud sync, saves and stuff could transfer between the two. Want to max out your settings and get harcore? Play it on PC. Get tired of sitting in an office chair and want to lounge on the couch? Continue where you left off on PS3.

This is what I hope Steam can achieve with whatever future products they work on, whether it's a Steam Box or something we haven't thought up yet.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 11/19/2012 at 05:36pm

You can us le your PS3 controllers on your PC? Whoa, going to look into that!

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/19/2012 at 10:59pm

Panicked to be fair though didn't you have to buy something extra to use those controllers on your PC? They don't just work by default. Which is what I was referring. If that is not the case I would love if you could share how you did that.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/20/2012 at 04:17am

No they do work by default. Well, the 360 one does if it's wired. The ps3 controller just requires some software.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/20/2012 at 04:26am

Further info. The wired 360 controller just needs a driver download on older versions of Windows, but is just plug and play with newer versions. For the wireless controller, you'll need one of these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HZFCT2?ie=UTF8&tag=brihub02-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000HZFCT2

The PS3 controller is a bit trickier, and requires a third party program, but it works smooth as silk once you install it: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/45610/how-to-use-your-ps-3-controllers-as-a-joystick-for-your-windows-pc/

Benefit to the PS3 controller, if you have a bluetooth receiver in your PC you can do it wireless or wired. If you don't have a Bluetooth receiver, just use a standard mini-USB cable.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/20/2012 at 04:28am

I'm not sure about the Mac situation, but for Linux the 360 controller (even if you're using the wireless dongle) is built in to the kernel. No hacking required.

The PS3 controller is only a little bit of a chore. Here are some Ubuntu examples:

http://www.ehow.com/how_7729420_use-ps3-controller-ubuntu.html

Maybe this whole thing is deserving of its own post?

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/20/2012 at 04:37am

One important caveat. A wireless 360 controller with a charging cable is not the same as a wired 360 controller. For some reason they didn't make it work like that. Annoying, but there you go.

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/20/2012 at 11:29am

Ya we have wireless. Thanks for all the info on it. The usb cable is the thing that I was talking about that I know you needed. We don't have one of those. The program though I didn't know about thanks for the link.

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/20/2012 at 11:31am

Strange. Clicked the ps3 link a few times with no connection then wrote a post saying so and clicked it again and it worked fine.

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