PC gaming gurus Valve have been playing coy about whether or not they're planning to create a games console to compete with the Xbox 720 and Sony PS4 – launching the living-room focused Big Picture mode for Steam, then playtesting prototype hardware while carefully avoiding any mention of what that hardware is.
Now Valve co-founder Gabe Newell appears to have let the cat out of the bag, revealing that Valve expects to see gaming PCs for the living room launching in 2013 – and that Valve will be creating its own PC package.
That suggests that any "Steam Box" would likely be a certification for manufacturers, with PCs that meet a set of minimum specs launching with Steam preloaded. Valve will be releasing its own hardware – "We'll do it but we also think other people will as well," says Newell, who adds that "our hardware will be a very controlled environment. If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC."
Dedicated gaming PCs for the living room with a console-like interface and the ability to upgrade their hardware – could Steam Box be the death of the games console as we know it?
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