Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has revealed his company’s plans to release PC packages specifically designed for living room gaming in 2013. This announcement confirms rumours about the creation of an eponymously named ‘Steam Box’ as a complement to Valve’s digital store, Steam.
Speaking to Kotaku, Newell pointed to the release of Steam’s Big Picture mode as a major step towards the company’s strategy to roll out TV-compatible PCs, with the reception of the new interface being “stronger than expected”.
He also touted the benefits of using a PC as an entertainment hub over using a home console.
"I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them," said Newell.
"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," he added,
Newell went on to predict that other PC manufacturers will create their own living room offerings in the near future, though he insisted that the Valve-branded system will not be customisable.
"Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment. If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC,” he explained.
“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," Newell concluded.