Last week, the indie console Ouya’s Kickstarter campaign ended with 63,416 backers contributing $8,596,475. Double Fine’s famously successful Kickstarter made $3,336,372 with 87,142. Both projects exceeded their funding goals by more than 800%. Their consumers’ voices have been heard, loudly, and the demand for these products is certain.
I want Ouya, and I don’t. I’ve backed it twice, withdrawing my support hours later each time. It hints at a variety of functions that appeal to me, but it doesn’t deliver the full package.
Valve just announced a new big-picture mode that allows you to operate Steam without a keyboard or mouse — basically it’s Steam for the home theater PC (HTPC).
I have a dream device. It’s a Steam-based console, built small, cheaply, with enough power to handle modern games, and includes a TV-friendly interface. It also plays movies. It uses a controller. It’s a gaming HTPC. Valve would likely never release such a device, but with the new mode, there is some hope for the dream...