Valve Confirms They’ll be Releasing PC/Console Hybrid Next Year

Valve president Gabe Newell has confirmed that the company will be launching their very own hardware next year, designed for the big screen. The first step towards that is already completed – Steam’s big picture mode. The hardware, PC packages designed to be played on televisions, will start shipping next year and each of them will be fully compatible with Steam.

“I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them,” Newell noted to Kotaku. “Cause they won’t have to split the world into thinking about ‘why are my friends in the living room, why are my video sources in the living room different from everyone else?’ So in a sense we hopefully are gonna unify those environments. We’ll do it but we also think other people will as well.”

It was noted however that these devices will be less open compared to your average gaming pc.

“Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment. If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC. For people who want a more turnkey solution, that’s what some people are really gonna want for their living room. The nice thing about a PC is a lot of different people can try out different solutions, and customers can find the ones that work best for them.”

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  1. The “Steam Box” is actually a pretty solid idea and will allow Valve to steal away some console gamers. Could be a big threat to consoles in the upcoming years if the continue to develop it.

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