Gabe Newell: Steam PC for the Living Room in the Works - NewsWilliam D'Angelo, posted on 10 December 2012 / 6,084 Views
Vave Founder Gabe Newell spoke with Kotaku about the success of Steam's Pig Picture mode and how it was just the first step into the living room. Valve has been working on a way to make PC work better in the living room. The biggest news is that he expects Valve to start selling PC packages for the living room starting sometime in 2013.
"I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them," Newell said. "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."
Newell expects that many other companies will be releasing similar types of packages. He did admit that Valve's hardware probably won't be as open-source as your average computer.
"Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment," added Newell. "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."