Feeds

Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

'We will do it,' pledges Newell

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Expect to see a Steam-brand console-style living room PC in 2013, Gabe Newell, the head of Valve, has revealed.

There have been hints the company is working on such a box. The debut earlier this year of a TV-centric UI for the Steam client, called Big Picture, which came out of beta last week, is perhaps the most important one of them.

But now we have Newell’s own confirmation. Various vendors are going to be pushing compact living room PCs during 2013, he suggested, some with Stream pre-loaded. But here’s the clincher: Valve is going to join the fray.

"We'll do it but we also think other people will as well," Newell told Kotaku. "Our hardware will be a very controlled environment. If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general-purpose PC.

"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."

Valve’s Steam PC - SteamBox? SteamStation? Steam U? - may not be imminent, however. Newell implied Valve is working to get the Linux version of the game download store and library manager fully up and running first.

That will undoubtedly suggest to some - as has been mooted in the past - that the Steam machine will run Linux rather than Windows. Newell’s not keen on Windows 8 for gaming, and that’s a strong reason to look elsewhere for an OS, quite apart from the additional cost of the Microsoft product.

And Linux certainly gives Valve the scope it clearly wants to define and control the user experience. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing
Only another three days of pooing and I can have a ride!
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.