At last night’s Video Game Awards, Gabe Newell confirmed the company’s plans to sell its own living room PC that could compete with next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft.
The biggest revelation is that Valve seems set to release its own complete hardware and software solution. Newell says that he expects companies to start selling PCs designed for the living room next year and that Valve will create its own distinct package.
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Newell suggests that the company will create its own carefully managed PC ecosystem that’s distinct from the one offered by other hardware partners. He also tells Kotaku that “our hardware will be a very controlled environment,” and that some people will want a “turnkey” solution for their living room.
But Valve doesn’t reap any income from the sale of hardware that runs its platform or the software it hosts, and the company doesn’t control Windows, which is the most popular platform among computers running Steam.
Newell stopped short of saying that the company was building a Linux-based Steam OS, but he reportedly says that the next step for the company’s living room operation is to enable Big Picture on Steam for Linux.
For now we only know that Valve expects some hardware to show up sometime next year but their intent to compete in the living room in a big way is no longer a secret.
Source: The Verge