All of the profit is in the software. Ex. The ps4 which will be coming Sony will take a loss on initially until production expenses level off with consumer sales. Now unless steam works with an independent gpu and CPU maker and can release hardware that will be generations ahead of Nvidia and amd tech I just see steam loosing. Stick with the software
Not exactly, They don't need to partner with anyone on this. Most likely they will go with ati/amd. with opencl and direct access to hardware layer. They will be able to pull of some interesting stuff. They are working on Linux ports as we speak. Just remember consoles only need to achieve 60 fps at mid range graphics to be successful. This could be achieved under a Linux platform with with a amd A10-5800k. Remember direct hardware access will improve performance over any api layer such as direct x.
Most likely they will go with ati/amd. with opencl and direct access to hardware layer.
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