Gabe Newell confirms that Valve has their own living room hardware on the way
With the arrival of Steam's Big Picture mode it seems the time is right for Valve to announce that they're working on a custom PC designed for the living room.
Valve boss Gabe Newell has revealed that they're working on their own custom PC for the living room based around Steam's Big Picture mode and, most controversially, it looks like it will use Linux as an operating system rather than Windows.
"I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that a better environment for them. 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," Newell began.
Newell didn't specifically say what OS the new hardware would use but he stated that the nest step along the road to the new hardware is to get Big Picture working on the Linux Steam client. This would seem that Valve are aiming to use Linux as the OS for their new Steam Box.
Newell reckons that it's something that others will do too although their machine won't be as flexible as a normal PC. He added, "Well 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."