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Valve confirms hardware plans

Gaming PC for the living room in the works
Mon Dec 10 2012, 09:38

GAMING LEGEND Gabe Newell has confirmed long running rumours that Valve is working on hardware to accompany its gaming on demand service.

Newell spoke to games website Kotaku at the Video Game Awards, where he revealed that his team is working on hardware that will work with Steam and flood living rooms with PC gaming capabilities that compete with consoles.

"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," he said.

"Well 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."

The hardware rumours caught light last Spring when Valve started advertising for hardware specialists.

"For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we're developing hardware to enhance those experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen," read a job post from April.

Another job ad, this one from late Summer, was looking for an industrial designer.

"We're frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we're jumping in," it said. "Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven't really changed in any meaningful way over the years. There's a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked."

Newell also said that his team is working to get Steam Linux out of beta. µ


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