Steam console confirmed
It’s been rumoured for a while, but Gabe Newell has finally confirmed the possibility of a Valve-created console device…
Talking to Kotaku, Valve bigwig, Gabe Newell has confirmed that the Steam platform may grace the living room as its own platform in the future.
Already making waves in its TV-based ‘Big Picture’ incarnation, the digital distribution service, Steam, has been hugely popular with PC users for several years now, long after its debut as a conduit to provide the hungry masses with Half Life 2.
Now distributing an astonishing catalogue of software, and offing some of the best gaming deals on the market, Steam could become a real competitor in the console market, taking Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo head-on, with the might of the PC behind it.
In the short interview, Newell commented that the performance of The Big Picture was stronger than expected, and that the company’s next move is to look into the possibility of getting the package onto a Linux-powered box. If this was to happen, it would then mean that Valve had full control of their own hardware platform, and it would become a very real threat to the existing consoles.
Newell also commented that he foresees living room-based PCs will become more and more popular, and that these platforms could become more conduits to pipe Steam into the living room domain.
"I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them." Newell said to Kotaku.
"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 idea of a Steam-powered console would certainly raise the PC-gaming bar, and whilst the home console currently enjoy the lion’s share of the gaming market, a more affordable and accessible PC platform would have a very good chance of boost the appeal of PC-based gaming.
Few would argue that many genres are at home on the PC, despite consoles now demonstrating impressive performance. The likes of RTS, RPG and FPS titles are rarely found in better shape than on the PC, and if users can get Battlefield 3 to look as good on a console-like option, it’s a no brainer. We’ll bring you more news as we get it.