Well, the rumour have been swirling for ages — but thanks to some fairly candid chats with Gabe Newell at the recent VGAs over the weekend, it looks like Valve’s console-like PC for the living room is actually confirmed.
“Certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment,” Newell said to Kotaku. “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 explained that he expects companies to start selling living-room-friendly, ready-to-go PC packages within the next year. “I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them,” claimed Gabe. “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.”