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Valve boss Gabe Newell talks about Steam Box

Posted on Wednesday, January 09 2013 @ 12:07:46 CET by


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PC Perspective noticed Valve's Gabe Newell spoke to The Verge about the company's hardware future. One of the interesting things revealed by Newell is that the Steam Box will also be a server, as well as his hinting that NVIDIA's Maxwell GPU will support the virtualization features of the GK110.
The point which stuck with me most throughout the entire interview was directed at Valve’s opinion of gaming on connected screens. Gabe Newell responded,

The Steam Box will also be a server. Any PC can serve multiple monitors, so over time, the next-generation (post-Kepler) you can have one GPU that’s serving up eight simulateneous [sic] game calls. So you could have one PC and eight televisions and eight controllers and everybody getting great performance out of it. We’re used to having one monitor, or two monitors -- now we’re saying lets expand that a little bit.

This is pretty much confirmation, assuming no transcription errors on the part of The Verge, that Maxwell will support the virtualization features of GK110 and bring it mainstream. This also makes NVIDIA Grid make much more sense in the long term. Perhaps NVIDIA will provide some flavor of a Grid server for households directly?




 



 

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