According to a report from Edge yesterday, "Ultima" creator and Portalarium founder Richard Garriott talked about Steam and some of the needs it serves very effectively for any person that uses it.
"Valve’s product is one I only know cursorily. But the case I’ll still go back to make is the same. I think digital distribution with things like Steam is great, I actually think that people need to have convenient, ubiquitous access to digital content, and Steam is not only a great way to buy it, but also to stream it.
"The technology of Steam is fantastic.
"But I look at it and go, ‘Steam can be delivered on anything, you don’t need a particular piece of hardware.'
"It could be on your television, in the cloud, on your phone, on a computer. If I watch Hulu or one of the digital movie services, I can start watching on my phone or my tablet, and flick it up to my TV.
"When the definition of a controller and the definition of a screen is so freely interchangeable, why do I need another particular piece of hardware? People are going to want to streamline, and consoles seem like they might be streamlined out," Garriott said.
Streaming content is something the Xbox 720 is expected to do, so once this happens it'll be intriguing to see how the Xbox 720's streaming compares to Steam's.