Microsoft is buying up a lot of big gaming companies these days... >_>"You will get a better idea of that by the end of this year... and it won't be the answer you expect," Newell said. "You'll say, 'Ah-ha! Now I get what he was talking about.'"
We could see a XB version of Steam. Bringing the Xbox into full PC compatibility or something close. Encouraging PC players to embrace the Xbox brand and Game Pass more fully.
Steam machines failed for all the mentioned reasons in the above posts but bring Steam to a console of an established player, that could be another ball game.
MS may see this as a chance to take on Apple before they launch their long rumored "games" console while gaining ground on Sony and Nintendo. I think a fair number of PC players would have interest in an XBSX or even XBSS if they could run it as a secondary PC gaming system.
If Microsoft really wants to sell Game Pass it is also a great way to expand that market at the same time. Imagine how many more Game Pass Ultimate subs this could get them in the long term, especially if it was made a requirement for Steam/PC games.
The biggest negative to this is the fact Microsoft would be by default giving up some of their market share to Valve which I am sure investors might not like. Though ultimately it becomes a question of how MS markets and charges for this privilege. Most likely Valve would have to fork over a percent of games sales (either made through a XBSX or maybe even any game played on one) but I don't see this being an impossibility.
Or it could just be Half Life 3 is a XB exclusive
I think there could be some truth to that, I remember when asked what console he thought was better XBSX or PS5 Gabe said XBSX was better and he preferred it more. I think Microsoft probably made them an offer they couldn't refuse with Steam.
Yeah, but MS and Sony have spent a great deal of time making sure you buy from THEIR store and their store only. I don't see them opening the door and allowing a 2nd source of games that doesn't go through them. Maybe steam streaming from your gaming PC to the console. Probably something weird that no one expects.