Id Software co-founder and Oculus Rift guy John Carmack says that he is not convinced that Valve Software can pull off the lofty goals of SteamOS and Steam Machines – while at the same time admitting that he has been very wrong in the past about what Valve is capable of.
"There's an interesting kind of retrospective on it," Carmack said during Nvidia’s Montreal conference.
He also pointed out the time when Valve approached Id Software about adding Doom 3 to Steam's launch lineup.
"We basically said, 'Are you crazy? This would be nuts to try to kind of tie yourselves to this little, notional digital distribution platform.' But clearly, Valve has played a good, strong, long game," Carmack said.
Nevertheless, Carmack said that he wasn't convince that Valve can push a Linux-based operating system for games into the main stream.
"I'm afraid that I may be at that same point right now where I'm like, 'Making your own sort of little console OS? Are you crazy?' And, you know, maybe 10 years from now, they're going to look like brilliant prophets again with it." But Carmack said, "it still seems a little bit dicey to me, getting everything moved over to Linux, pushing from that side of things. Still, Valve's track record is evidence that the company may just be able to pull it off. If it was some other random company, I would be pseudo-scornful, but it's Valve, so I'm not."
The discussion can be watched in the video to your left at the 29:49 mark.