Valve To Release ‘Living Room PCs’ To Compete With Next-Gen
Valve has all but confirmed that it will be releasing a console-like PC at some point in the near future, but a recent interview with Gabe Newell has revealed a few extra details.
“I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that a better environment for them,” Newell said in an interview with Kotaku.
“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.”
Newell doesn’t believe Valve will be the only company producing living room friendly PCs, though: “We’ll do it but we also think other people will as well.”
He’s almost certain since Valve’s Steambox – or whatever it’ll be called – won’t be quite as customisable as your everyday PC.
“Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment,” Newell said, “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.”
So there you are, expect a Valve ‘console’ sometime soon, probably alongside the next-generation engine it is working on.