Valve has been making a lot of headlines lately especially with their Big Picture Mode launching. Many people have suggested that Big Picture is just the first step in Valve creating a hardware solution for the home theater and we have even hinted at it before. Now that is all but confirmed as Kotaku says according to Valve boss Gabe Newell, “you’ll be able to buy a living-room-friendly PC package next year”.
If Valve’s big picture mode was a test it seems it has gone over quite well as Gabe himself said, the reaction to the new UI has been “stronger than expected”.
“Our hardware will be a very controlled environment,” he said. “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.”
Of course no official word on any of this just yet.