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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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4 Comments

  1. It&#039d be nice so I dont have to worry about shitty framerates when playing on PC, since I dont have the money to shell out for a gaming computer, but for consoles, my wii U Is gonna be my choice for a long while

  2. Heh, I already have a nice gaming PC and a Wii U. I don&#039t need anything else, Mr. Newell.

    Besides, is this supposed to be a gaming PC that is compatible with a TV? Cuz I don&#039t see why anyone would buy this, since more than likely it won&#039t run Windows and then you&#039re just buying a gaming console that only plays PC games. People will just buy the next Xbox or Playstation if they want a gaming console since they get the majority of PC games plus platform exclusives.

  3. It'd be nice so I dont have to worry about shitty framerates when playing on PC, since I dont have the money to shell out for a gaming computer, but for consoles, my wii U Is gonna be my choice for a long while

  4. Heh, I already have a nice gaming PC and a Wii U. I don't need anything else, Mr. Newell.

    Besides, is this supposed to be a gaming PC that is compatible with a TV? Cuz I don't see why anyone would buy this, since more than likely it won't run Windows and then you're just buying a gaming console that only plays PC games. People will just buy the next Xbox or Playstation if they want a gaming console since they get the majority of PC games plus platform exclusives.

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