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Newell: PCs To Compete Against Consoles For Next-Gen Living Room Supremacy

Matt Gardner
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Newell: PCs To Compete Against Consoles For Next-Gen Living Room Supremacy

Having intimated that the reaction to Steam's Big Picture Mode was "stronger than expected," Gabe Newell has suggested that living room PCs will compete against next-gen consoles for big TV gaming.

"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."

According to Newell's vision, Valve won't be the only ones in the mix, either, and he expects a number of industry players will get involved too. "We'll do it but we also think other people will as well," he said, noting as well that "Valve's hardware might not be as open-source or as malleable as your average computer".

"Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment," he continued. "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."

When asked about what Valve are working on in terms of hardware, Newell wouldn't give much away, but he apparently did restate that they're working on a next-gen engine that seemingly work with next-generation consoles as well.

"Hopefully that's gonna give us some interesting opportunities on the game side," he said.

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Shadowmancer88  Dec. 11, 2012 at 08:16

I could see this working but only with small form factors such as that Alienware (http://www.dell.com/uk/p/alienware-x51/fs) as even shuttle PC cases are quite large. However there are limitations, firstly any OS for a TV environment would have to be speedy and light (so no microsoft), also driver updates would have to made a lot easier (think of it being more automatic like Windows/Apple updates rather than the current manual way). The PC gaming world has made a lot of changes in the last 12 years (Steam, etc) and has the potential to go into the living room but we do still have to fix a lot of things first, so lets start there rather than jumping feet first.


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