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Valve are working on their own console, coming 2013

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Head of Valve and PC gaming god Gabe Newell has just announced that his company is working on a console that will release next year.

Gabe says that the console is an attempt to bring PC gaming to the living room. After Valve’s successful Big Picture feature, which allows practical PC compatibility with TVs, the next logical step for the developer was to build its own console, Gabe told Kotaku.

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.

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.

Gabe also said that the console will have next-gen capabilities, primarily hardware capable enough to compete with the next Xbox and Playstation. He didn’t give a specific release date, but a holiday release sounds likely.

What are your thoughts on this new console? Let us know, and stay tuned for more news on Valve’s shenanigans.

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Decide France’s Industrial Future in New Railway Empire DLC

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Railway Empire France gameplay screenshot

Kalypso Media has announced new downloadable content for its rail management simulator title Railway Empire.

In the new ‘France’ DLC, players can build their railway in the wake of the exile of Emperor Napoleon III. The Third Republic has taken power following the collapse of the French monarchy, so players have the power to decide the industrial future of France.

Players can decide to help rebuild the country’s infrastructure (alongside the new “Eiffel Tower”), or to increase the strength of the country’s borders to prepare for military conflict.

The DLC is set between 1874–1890 and adds 10 train engines, over 12 tradeable goods, and 31 new cities, as well as new songs and characters. The map can be played in the Free Game and Sandbox modes.

Railway Empire: ‘France’ is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for US$12.99. The game has also received a new update (Update 1.9).

Check out the trailer for the new DLC below.

OnlySP’s Rhain Radford-Burns discussed the importance of Railway Empire in the wider genre of historical games, noting that “the developer grants an insight into the importance of such seemingly menial tasks.”

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