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Gaben: Valve Planning Console-like PC for Living Room

By - Source: Kotaku | B 21 comments

Valve's Gabe Newell talks about the company's plans for releasing hardware.

Back in February, Gabe Newell got people talking when he said in an interview that his company could end up selling hardware. Newell said that while Valve had no reason to believe it was any good at selling hardware, they had to continue to innovate, and if that meant developing and selling hardware, then so be it. The following months brought more rumors of Valve hardware, specifically a 'Steam Box.' This past weekend, Gaben mentioned his company's gaming hardware once again.

According to Kotaku, Newell said Valve's goal was to figure out how to make PCs work better in the living room. Newell went on to say that Valve will next year release PC packages for the living room. These computers will be designed to be hooked up to gamers' TVs, run Steam out of the box, and compete with next generation offerings from Sony and Microsoft. Newell said that with that the reaction to Steam's 'Big Picture' stronger than expected, the next step is to put Big Picture on Steam Linux in preparation for the development of the company's own hardware.

Newell told Kotaku that we're going to be looking at a very controlled environment and that those looking for a more open experience would do better with a more general PC.

"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."

Newell reckons Valve won't be the only company producing these PCs packaged specifically for the living room.

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    hardcore_gamer , December 11, 2012 1:21 PM
    atminside.But what about Half Life 3? Why no love for the freeman?


    If valve make HL3 a steambox exclusive, there will be unforeseen consequences.
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    rantoc , December 11, 2012 12:12 PM
    Clever idea, hope they will have a "pro" version with a modular gpu solution so people can "Upgrade" their pc in console form.
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    g00fysmiley , December 11, 2012 12:15 PM
    if they can keep the price down and power requirment down then it might be a goldmine. though people playing wiht controllers in a pc fps world are probably not going to have as much fun when the keyboard/mouse players are just mopping up the frag bait.. still would be happy to see it happen it would be good for the pc gaming type and most of us who are tech savy who have friends coming to us for advice can steer them toward this over a traditional console
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    bllue , December 11, 2012 12:22 PM
    So targetted at the casual market? I don't really see a benefit of this over a gaming PC...especially since most games (like older ones) won't run since this console is running Linux. It is funny though that Newell called Windows 8 "a catastrophe for PC" and called up on MS on trying to create a closed environment, which is pretty much what he's trying to do with this new console.
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    shine8210 , December 11, 2012 12:52 PM
    It's about to go down! Shut up and take my money!!!
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    antilycus , December 11, 2012 12:57 PM
    just partner up with OUYA and your problem is solved.
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    zrobbb , December 11, 2012 1:01 PM
    Nothing that man does is bad. Bring it on I say.
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    hardcore_gamer , December 11, 2012 1:16 PM
    A controlled - living room PC is called a console. I'm not planning to buy a console even if it is made by Valve.

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    atminside , December 11, 2012 1:18 PM
    if it comes with a thunderbolt port and allows for adding an external graphics module......then yes, i would like this......But what about Half Life 3? Why no love for the freeman?
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    hardcore_gamer , December 11, 2012 1:21 PM
    atminside.But what about Half Life 3? Why no love for the freeman?


    If valve make HL3 a steambox exclusive, there will be unforeseen consequences.
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    alterecho , December 11, 2012 1:31 PM
    hardcore_gamerIf valve make HL3 a steambox exclusive, there will be unforeseen consequences.

    +1
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 1:37 PM
    the consequences will never be the same
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 1:59 PM
    If valve make HL3 a steam/box exclusive it will have a shot of competing against Microsoft and Sony, Remember PC gamers, people who already use steam are not the target for this but the xbox and psn live users. The stumbling block is direct x and windows it needs windows cheap on this thing to have the whole steam catalog and I don't think Microsoft will be to accommodating to a competitor.
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    Parsian , December 11, 2012 2:08 PM
    actually this means more games on Linux which is a win for PC. I love the idea and I think simply having the same OS/software and hardware will benefit PC greatly since there wont be any big AAA exclusive for just consoles.

    ALSO please read the article. He says it is a close environment, but then he also says STEAMBOX isnt the only product, meaning, it will be sort of like Android. Other companies will sell their version of STEAMBOX that runs STEAM.
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    applegetsmelaid , December 11, 2012 2:27 PM
    Sounds like a PC-like console to me.
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    atikkur , December 11, 2012 2:50 PM
    for the 32 years long i've been waiting for this such transformation of a pc game.. and only now it can trully realized... just make it PC stays open, more friendly, flexible, and it will be the platform of choice.
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    zakaron , December 11, 2012 4:22 PM
    Let the console wars begin! We not only have the 3 big names this round (Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft), but now Valve and of course Ouya. Seems that there will be a console for everyone.
    Sega, you guys care to join the fray again?
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    upgrade_1977 , December 11, 2012 4:22 PM
    I love the idea, As long as it's upgradable, i'll take at least two of them when they are released, possibly more. :) 
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    bigdog44 , December 11, 2012 6:18 PM
    This should be an easy sell for those already gaming on PC, but they need to put some advertising $$$ behind it if they want to bugde the console crowd.
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    gm0n3y , December 11, 2012 6:31 PM
    I think this is good for PC gaming as long as the Steam Box uses a PC operating system (and uses the same version of the games as other PCs) and is either upgradable or they have different spec versions. This will mean that they are basically creating more games for the PC, which is good.

    I personally will be sticking with my gaming PC, but most of my gamer friends would love one of these. Most of them have gaming PCs, but they would love to just be able to plug and play like a console (no driver headaches, incompatibilities, etc). And the ones that predominantly use consoles do so mainly because they don't want the hassle of using a gaming PC.

    This actually makes a lot of sense for Valve and I really hope they succeed.

    Now if the Steam Box uses its own OS with games that aren't compatible with either Linux or Windows then they can go fuck themselves.
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    wolley74 , December 11, 2012 7:25 PM
    zakaronLet the console wars begin! We not only have the 3 big names this round (Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft), but now Valve and of course Ouya. Seems that there will be a console for everyone.Sega, you guys care to join the fray again?


    Ouya is a glorified cellphone that can connect to a TV and use a controller, I don't see it being a huge hit frankly
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