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Valve’s Steam “console” confirmed for next year

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Valve Steam Big Picture Mode
Valve Steam Big Picture Mode

Valve will release a living room-friendly PC in 2013, according to the firm’s boss and founder Gabe Newell.

Newell told Kotaku that the Steam-powered PC will be a plug and play device, designed to be quickly hooked up to an HDTV – but it seems it won’t be a simple run-of-the-mill Windows PC with Steam running over the top. Valve is working on a Steam version of Linux that’s currently in beta.

Newell said, “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 going to want for their living room.”

Newell believes that other PC manufacturers will be releasing Steam-equipped living room-centric models in 2013, and that these models will be competing with the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft. “I think in general that most customers and most developers are going to find that [the PC is] a better environment for them, because 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 hopefully we are going to unify these environments.”

Valve recently launched Steam Big Picture Mode, a version of the service designed with HDTVs and game controllers in mind, and it seems the next step will be a proper piece of hardware. We’ll keep you posted on developments.

Are you excited about Valve’s forthcoming games machine? Can it bring PC gaming back to the forefront of the industry? Let us know your thoughts via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or in the comments box below.

Bugblatter

December 10, 2012, 7:49 pm

The basic idea is great. Whether it competes with consoles will depend on the resources Valve throws at it. If it's good for playing games and not much else then it'll fail; if it can replace the family PC and also be a multimedia powerhouse then it stands a good chance.

gdawg304

December 11, 2012, 4:48 pm

I think it'll also depend on pricepoint and maybe whether the graphics hardware can be easily upgraded....PS3 and XBox are starting to look pretty out of date in the visual FX department.

gdawg304

December 11, 2012, 4:50 pm

I like the idea....but I tried playing Dishonored with an XBox controller on my PC hooked up to a big screen...went straight back to mouse and keyboard in front of my regular monitor.

I just can't get used to playing first-person style games on a gamepad.

And I can't use a mouse on the sofa.....dammit!

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