We’ve just had the Wii U released, and the next-gen Xbox is rumoured to be out next year, but there’s another console (sort of) which will land in 2013 – the Steam box.
That’s Steam as in Valve’s online game delivery platform, of course, and boss Gabe Newell has said that he expects the PC to hit the living room – the Steam box will actually be a mini-PC – and rival the big consoles.
Newell told Kotaku that he expects PC vendors will start selling compact and (relatively) affordable PCs for the living room next year, and these will run Steam off the bat.
Newell said: “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”
As well as other PC manufacturers, Valve will produce its own Steam box, although quite what hardware that PC will carry is a total unknown at this point. Newell stated that the hardware would be “very controlled,” so Valve’s effort won’t be a typical upgradable PC, but more of a closed box system like a console.
The Ouya Android console is on the horizon, too, so gaming options could certainly become more plentiful before long – which can only be a good thing.