Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Valve PC possible in 2013



With the launch of Valve's new Big Picture mode for Steam (seen above), it looks like things are still making headway for Valve to release its own home PC/console hybrid. Designed specifically for PCs connected to televisions, Big Picture is a menu setup that should be more familiar to console gamers, providing large icons and smooth scrolling for selecting different options.

Valve's Gabe Newell said in a recent interview with Kotaku that Valve's goal with these living room PCs is to be designed similarly to consoles in terms of connivance while still providing the full PC gaming capabilities that next generation consoles will lack, therefore "unifying the environments".

Newell also states that although this PC developed with Valve and other companies to be a hybrid that bridges the gap between consoles and PCs, it's still to remain a more closed hardware system as compared to a general purpose computer. "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."

Though no specific date has been provided, Valve anticipates to see the first of their PC console to be showcased in 2013. Granted this is Valve we're talking about so for all we know it could be an additional 4 years before we can even buy one.
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