Valve reveals mystery hardware project: wearable computing

OJClock Apr 14, 2012.

  1. OJClock

    OJClock _____________

    Oct 4, 2008
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    Source: The Verge
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    What I love about Valve is they do some pretty sweet shit with the resources available to them instead of making sequels to those games that made them bucket loads of money in the first place
  2. Tom Bombadildo

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    I forgot

    So...all this post is about is Valve had an idea?
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  3. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    This isn't an entirely new idea; there's the aforementioned Google Glasses, and scientists like Michio Kaku have predicted this for some time (just an example).

    I can't help but imagine that, if this project is ever completed, people will use it to show off their Steam libraries on the go.
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  4. Midna

    Midna Banned

    Apr 13, 2008
    Ah yes, wearable computing
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  5. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Not Dead Yet

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    Jun 24, 2008
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    So in other words, they're working on a real Pip-boy?
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  6. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    oh look the guys at Valve are doing R&D! what a surprise!
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  7. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Sep 20, 2010
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    Stop over-thinking things, Valve.

    Just release the goddamn Steambox and make everybody happy.
  8. GreatZimkogway

    GreatZimkogway Still a Touhou Fanatic

    Jul 21, 2009
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    You think everyone is going to be happy about a new console being released? That would be, essentially, a glorified computer in more of a way than the PS3 was? To have a 4th console when 2 are already being released soon?
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  9. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Sep 20, 2010
    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    A PC-Style console has been a dream of mine for 50 years. (and many others as well)
    The freedom of the PC with the comfy-on-the-couch appeal of a console in one box is pure music to me.

    Day 1 open source.
    Homebrew without hassle.
    Take my money.

    As far as the other console makers, I think its about time for one of them to kick the bucket. Complacency deserves death.
  10. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
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    PC, PS3 controller, HDMI to TV, Steam?
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  11. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
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    its real life tf2 hats!
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  12. Sicklyboy


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    [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°̲̅)̲̅$̲̅]
    or HL2:ep3.
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  13. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Sep 20, 2010
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    My Wal-Mart integrated graphics laptop screams in protest to your suggestion, Rydian. :P

    I'm sure this would work great for some people with a nice PC to spare for the living room big screen, but it's just not the economical and practical mass-market solution that a Steambox would be.
  14. Rockhoundhigh

    Rockhoundhigh Man with a mission

    Apr 2, 2011
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    When I first read the title I was like :wtf:
  15. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
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    With the world being stuck on DX9 thanks to the consoles and vista not taking off (granted I do not call it a bad thing per se) and most games being GPU bound you can build a fairly nice little machine capable of running most games at a decent clip on reasonable settings for very little at this point in time (definitely in line with a new console and related gubbins depending on your chosen form factor) and have been able to for a while (ignoring the software side of things in terms of hardware to play the PC game has never had it so good as the last sort of 5 years). Certainly I have put together a couple of combined XBMC, games (although I have not really done anything with steam so I am not entirely sure about the UI there) and light home server boxes to sit under TVs for people out of what might be dubbed sub par gear or some quick and dirty upgrades to an existing box. Mass market.... I have not really done much with off the shelf boxes in recent years as far as this sort of thing goes but I can not see it being that hard to punch the average vendor box into form.

    Back on topic valve blue sky research... could be interesting. Not sure how useful it might be in the long run now mobile phones are starting to consider being computing devices worth a damn (still not enough and still not quite open/functional enough to make me consider getting one but heading that way).
  16. AlanJohn

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    So, Valve can afford to make hardware, but can't afford to make a 6-hour game for over 4 years?
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  17. FireGrey

    FireGrey Undercover Admin

    Apr 13, 2010
    Hopefully it's something that doesn't make you look freaky in public...

    Also, I think valves strategy is to make their games hyped up by having huge gaps between the releases so when it's released people go hyper over it.
  18. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    google released a similar idea with the glasses but i guess these guys are taking it to another level
    i wonder if someone has said it but, it will be used for porn. porn on the go.
  19. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
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    Also doesn't help that Valve has made some of the best games ever and is pretty much the only company to have little (if any) screw ups or flops. I'd say maybe Ricochet was their "screw up" but that was in their early days. Pretty much any game they've made in the past 10+ years hasn't just been good, but exceptional and masterful.

    But yeah, the "long waits" also factor in a lot. Also Valve are notorious for teasing and having an incredibly elaborate marketing. Like people had to decipher code to find out that there was a Portal sequel.

    Although I do find it funny that they can make Left 4 Dead 2 in literally a year but there's not a single piece shown for Half Life 3. But Valve is Valve, you can't hate 'em.
  20. brandonspikes

    brandonspikes S

    May 30, 2010
    United States
    Made me think of this
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