Head of Valve and PC gaming god Gabe Newell has just announced that his company is working on a console that will release next year.
Gabe says that the console is an attempt to bring PC gaming to the living room. After Valve’s successful Big Picture feature, which allows practical PC compatibility with TVs, the next logical step for the developer was to build its own console, Gabe told Kotaku.
I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them, 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.
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.
Gabe also said that the console will have next-gen capabilities, primarily hardware capable enough to compete with the next Xbox and Playstation. He didn’t give a specific release date, but a holiday release sounds likely.
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