Valve Software head Gabe Newell gave a presentation at a recent LinuxCon event in New Orleans, talking up the Steam platform creator's commitment to the open OS environment, and going so far as to explain that the company has determined that "Linux really is the future for gaming" (thanks Ars Technica
Key points made by Newell were that they see fragmentation between different physical computing -- mobile, living room, and desktop -- as being "undesirable and unnecessary". "As a user, I shouldn't have to buy new games, have new friends, or like different movies or music just because I'm sitting on a couch" Gabe said, before describing their work on Steam's 'Big Picture' mode, then reiterating that "work on the hardware side" was the next step.
It's been many months since we heard any news on Valve's hardware aspirations, which seem to be much broader than just the "Steam Box" concept of compact living-room PCs but Newell suggested we won't have to wait much longer to find out more, saying "Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities that we see for bringing Linux into the living room and potentially pointing further down the road to how we can get it even more unified with mobile."
Youtube user Micah John thoughtfully captured Newell's LinuxCon presentation, which you can watch in full below if you're so inclined.