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Valve to sell a console-style PC

‘Steam Box’ will compete with new consoles from Sony and Microsoft
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Valve’s Gabe Newell has indicated that the company is working on a living room PC that will compete with the PlayStation and Xbox.

In an interview with Kotaku, Newell reportedly stated that, having recently introduced a controller-friendly version of the software platform and received a strong response from customers, the next step was to make PCs work better as living room devices.

The way to do that is apparently to introduce more PCs that are designed to link to a television and run Steam from boot up.

“I think in general that most customers and most developers are going to find that the PC is a better environment for them,” Newell told Kotaku.

“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 going to unify those environments.”

In the past, Newell has hinted at a Steam operating system and the software platform is already being used to sell utility applications along side its traditional gaming portfolio.

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