During the weekend's 2012 VGAs event, Kotaku spoke to Valve Software founder Gabe Newell (or should we say Garry), in an interview that is being widly reported as confirmation of Valve's plans to build their own custom PC, the long-rumoured Steam-box, tailored for playing Steam games on a loungeroom TV. However, we're not sure the words were so conclusive.
The direct quotes from Newell on their own are actually still quite vague, and it's really only the (possibly missinterpreted) context provided by Kotaku that suggests he is talking about Valve retailing a complete PC system.
He said the reaction to Steam's TV-friendly Big Picture interface has been "stronger than expected," and that their next step is to get Steam Linux out of beta and to get Big Picture on that operating system, which would give Valve more flexibility when developing their own hardware.Given Valve's previous comments about developing hardware that the market doesn't already have solutions for, we can't help but feel that whatever the Half-Life developer is cooking up, it's something a little more innovative that a simple boutique PC.
We shouldn't have to wait too much longer to find out at least (Valve Time not withstanding), as previous reports suggest plans to kick off public beta testing of hardware in 2013.
well that figures..
I suppose it was only a matter of time for my new Kogan TV to come with a console built in to it