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Valve Wants to Directly Compete Against Consoles

Further proof that a Steam-powered console is in the works.

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It wasn’t long ago that Valve introduced “Big Picture” mode to their online distribution service, Steam. Big Picture allows gamers to hook up a PC to a living room television and play their Steam games with a user interface tailored to console gaming.

This was apparently the first step in a much more ambitious plan, one that sees Valve creating a console that directly competes with the likes of Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony.

While talking with Kotaku at the Spike Video Game Awards, Valve’s Gabe Newell said, "I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them.” He added, "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."

The device Valve has in mind, according to Newell, would be a more controlled as opposed to a normal PC, which is very customizable. "Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment," Newell said. "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.”

If this mystery device comes to pass, the console arms race could become a lot more interesting. 


Erik Norris is the Gaming Editor for CraveOnline. You can follow him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.