Valve Steam Box reported to run on Linux, due 2013 - Report

Valve engineer teases more hardware surprises for 2013.

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Valve's custom set-top Steam Box will use Linux as its operating system, according to a Valve employee. Speaking at the recent Exceptionally Hard & Soft Meeting 2012 conference in Berlin, Valve engineer Ben Krasnow stated that the company's long-awaited Steam Box will run on Linux.

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Krasnow's statements were reported by German tech blog Golem.de, with suggestions that the oft-rumoured Steam Box is not the only hardware project Valve is working on for 2013.

Valve has been actively working on developing Steam for Linux for the last few months, with the public client now supporting 41 games, including Team Fortress 2.

Valve director Gabe Newell has criticised Microsoft's latest version of its operating system, Windows 8, in the past, notably dubbing it a "catastrophe" in June 2012.

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