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Without any doubts, Valve Software has revolutionized the world of PC gaming with Steam service. Now, the company wants to fight for the living room against video game consoles from Microsoft Corp,. Sony Corp. and Nintendo. Considering the limitations set by game consoles and Valve’s vase collection of games, it just can be right. Apparently, with availability of Valve-branded hardware.

"I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them. 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,” said Gabe Newell, the head of Valve software in an interview with Kotaku web-site.

The obvious problem with Mr. Newell’s doctrine is how to bring a personal computer into the living room, when virtually all modern TVs feature cloud streaming of advanced video games, which means no game consoles are needed occasional gaming. Moreover, it should not be forgotten that Microsoft tried had tried to install a PC into the living room back in the early nineties, but failed and then decided to stick to the Xbox hardware console business.

 

It seems like Valve has got a secret sauce for PC bringing into the living room. That secret sauce includes its own hardware, a type of a console. Still, the console may feature just more freedom than the existing ones.

“We will do it but we also think other people will as well. Valve's hardware might not be as open-source or as malleable as your average computer. Well, certainly, our hardware will be a very controlled environment. If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC. For people who want a more turnkey solution, that's what some people are really gonna want for their living room. The nice thing about a PC is a lot of different people can try out different solutions, and customers can find the ones that work best for them,”said Mr. Newell.

Tags: Valve, Valve Software, Steam, Microsoft, Xbox, Sony, Playstation, Nintendo, Wii, Wii U

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The fact is that Microsoft tried with a shitty product. Windows hasn't evolved much since the PC for home office era, all what has been released until now is patch on top of another patch.
Of course we know Microsoft could do a lot better, but they're tightly tied by their own huge user base so any critical change they do to their system also has big impact.

Microsoft is still dragging code from 20 years ago and way of doing things from that time too, with all the mistakes in their fundamental concepts included.
2 3 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 12/09/12 03:27:12 PM]
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when virtually all modern TVs feature cloud streaming of advanced video games

Someone seems to be rather confused here.
0 0 [Posted by: thevoiceofreason  | Date: 12/10/12 02:56:04 AM]
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This is a big mouthful for any company, and Valve doesnt have the numerical weight behind it that their competitors have. However, with a good team and very dedicated community, this could become reality. I am certainly hoping for just that! :-)
0 0 [Posted by: crointel  | Date: 12/10/12 07:13:56 AM]
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Valve already has a huge dedicated community built from the users of the Steam interface. In fact I would go as far as to state that Steam is what actually saved the PC gaming wolrd. It's all there; a huge directory offering most of the PC titles (over 2000)at insanely competitive prices. Once bought, their yours for life and enables you to install them on whatever PC you want, when you want. As I'm writing these lines, 5 232 968 gamers are online 853 685 being in games on steam. Making Steam available on a console right there in my living room would be one great evolution.
0 0 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 12/10/12 11:40:30 AM]
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Very good news indeed.. PC gaming is the king and consol will always be a second rate solution. The one thing i'm worried about is how quickly the Valve system becomes outdated and no longer able to run the NEW games correctly... it maybe a short lived console that requires replacing every 3-4 years or it may auto adjust graphics settings to keep up to date.
0 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 12/11/12 04:10:15 PM]
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With their own Linux O/S this will really shake up the PC Gaming as now there will games available with an agnostic O/S so that there will now be a gaming PC without a M.S O/S Apple O/S Xbox O/S Ps3 O/S and Intendo O/S', and it will have a list of inexcess of 2,000 game titles. No more will your games be tied to a counsel or pc but all games will be playable on a single unit coupled to the TV or desktop. Agnostic controllers, This might just spark new life into the PC market which has been loosing market share hand over fist.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 12/12/12 04:02:09 AM]
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