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If Valve bought the Xbox division, would buy an Xbone?

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2 years ago#41
KidIcaroots posted...
Don't know if you guys heard, but rumors are getting stronger that Microsoft might cave to the many shareholder's pleas and actually sell the Xbox division (which according to a business analyst is losing 2 billion a year).

Let's say Valve decides to pick it up. Would you immediately be excited by the prospect of a Valve owned Xbox One or does this mean nothing to you because it's not a PC anyway and PC not just Steam and is always better than consoles?


According to a topic analyst, this post is quite terrible.

Besides, spin off = sell. But you knew that.
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2 years ago#42
Although Valve has a ton of cash, thanks to Steam and some of its games it has nowhere near the cash needed to operate a console or PC that it will manufacture over a ten year life.

Did you notice how Valve decided to license out the Steam machines out to manufacturers? Why do you think they did that instead of building their own hardware?
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2 years ago#43
If Valve bought the Xbox division, the Bone would be discontinued and replaced with a Steam Machine. The only useful thing Valve would get out of the purchase would be patents and IP rights.
2 years ago#44
EGMRULZ posted...
Although Valve has a ton of cash, thanks to Steam and some of its games it has nowhere near the cash needed to operate a console or PC that it will manufacture over a ten year life.

Did you notice how Valve decided to license out the Steam machines out to manufacturers? Why do you think they did that instead of building their own hardware?


That's not necessarily a lack of funds to do otherwise, it's a business strategy.

Remember Gabe Newell is an ex-employee of Microsoft from the days MS was on their way up. And Valve's Steambox strategy is very similar to Microsoft's classic Windows strategy, which was "we do the software, our partners do the hardware, they take the major risks and we always win."
2 years ago#45
KidIcaroots posted...


Remember Gabe Newell is an ex-employee of Microsoft from the days MS was on their way up. And Valve's Steambox strategy is very similar to Microsoft's classic Windows strategy, which was "we do the software, our partners do the hardware, they take the major risks and we always win."


You said it yourself. They have always preferred staying in the software business.

Even with their new Steam Machines, they're not really engineering anything complicated; components are to be assembled from off-the-shelf parts we'd usually buy to fit into our PCs. I'm willing to bet that most of their work would rather be concentrated on the OS needed to fit with all kinds of parts, rather than the hardwares themselves which will still be on the manufacturers.

Which is why, I can't see Gabe acquiring Xbox. Doesn't seem to fit with his overall business philosophy so far.
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2 years ago#46
No, but I'd buy the ports of old RARE classics on PC for sure, and would totally go for a Virtual Xbox type deal as well.
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2 years ago#47
That would honestly make it less appealing.

Valve isn't that great.
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2 years ago#48
No, the graphics on xbone are horrible.
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2 years ago#49
JonWood007 posted...
No, the graphics on xbone are horrible.


this is true
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