If all the rumors out there are to be believed, the next-gen of consoles will be a busy place. In addition to the expected new hardware from Microsoft and Sony and with the Wii U already released into the wild, it is more than possible that both Apple and Valve will be jumping on-board the gaming hardware bandwagon.
Whilst any console-like Apple Device is still firmly located in the sphere of wishful thinking, Gabe Newell came one step closer to officially announcing a ‘Steam Box’ when speaking in an interview with Kotaku last week. He effectively told them that Valve is working on a PC-like piece of gaming hardware designed around the ‘Big Picture’ Steam mode that was recently released.
“I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them,” Newell told Kotaku. “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.”
“Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment,” he said. “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.”
This is certainly an exciting development, as living room PC’s have never really taken off that well. I do wonder whether there is room for Valve in the already crowded gaming hardware market. With only really Half-Life 3 in their stable as a potential exclusive, would that be enough? Do gamers even want a PC box under their TV, or are they happy with having a console in that space, and a separate PC/laptop for their computing needs? Would bringing amazing Steam sales to a console box help? Let us know what you guys think.