Valve to Release A “Very Controlled” PC for Living Rooms Next Year

Gabe Newell confirmed that Valve is working on a PC package for living rooms that is expected to launch next year, which may have been previously rumored to be the “Valve console.”

Speaking with Kotaku, Newell said that Valve’s current goal was to figure out how to make PCs work better in the living room, stating that the reaction to Steam’s TV-friendly Big Picture interface has been “stronger than expected.”

The Valve boss also expects next year to see the emergence of PC packages for living rooms — computers designed to be hooked up to your TV and run Steam right out of the gate and that would directly compete with next-gen consoles. He said:

“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.”

Newell went on to say that he doesn’t expect Valve to be the only company releasing this type of package, and that Valve’s hardware might not be as open-source as your average computer. He stated:

“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.”

Newell also reiterated that Valve is working on its next-generation engine, which will work with next-generation consoles.

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2 Comments on Valve to Release A “Very Controlled” PC for Living Rooms Next Year


On December 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I hope this news will put pressure on PC game designers to release gamepad support, similar to how Microsoft requires it for all games for windows live titles. Several recent big hits which would have been a delight to play from the couch with an Xbox gamepad include mass effect 3, battlefield 3, planetside 2, and torchlight 2. Pinnacle profiler and xpadder only work so well.


On December 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I can’t wait for this. I love PC gaming but I am hopelessly spoiled on my controller and recliner.