With rumors circulating weekly surrounding the next year arrivals of next-gen consoles from competing manufacturers Sony and Microsoft, a confirmed 2013 launch of the Android based OUYA console and the recently released Wii U from Nintendo, next year could be a rather crowded year of new console gaming options for consumers looking for the next best thing. However, based on a recent announcement from Valve, the home console options don’t stop there.
Valve is also expected to jump into to console business next year as company head Gabe Newell has announced this week that consumers can expect a home-based platform to compete against the mainstays of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo next year.
Valve’s aim is centered around offering the best PC gaming experience for the living room on your already purchased HDTV monitor which was somewhat expected based on this years Valve release of their ‘Big Picture’ UI.
PC packages that are designed to run on a TV will be launched next year, by Valve and by other manufacturers, with each being able to run Steam flawlessly out of the gate.
“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.” Gabe Newell, Valve CEO