Valve hardware news “rolling out” next week, Newell promises Linuxcon

Monday, 16 September 2013 22:46 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Steambox news is coming next week, Valve boss Gabe Newell told an audience at Linuxcon 2013.

Speaking at the convention, Newell addressed the topic of closed platforms and said Valve is looking to the more open Linux as the future of gaming.

“The next step in our contribution to this is to release some work we’ve done on the hardware side. Even more broadly in terms of the grand unification, we really don’t think that the fragmentation around the physical location or the input devices of computation is either necessary or desirable for software developers or for consumers,” he said.

“None of the propriety closed platforms are going to be able to provide that grand unification between mobile, the living room, and the desktop. Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities that we see for bringing Linux into the living room and potentially pointing further down the road to how we can get it even more unified with mobile.”

You can watch Newell’s full presentation below.

Valve has confirmed it has been working on a Steambox, which may have a biometric controller, codenamed Bigfoot; we expected the hardware to go into testing earlier this year. In addition, it has indicated its support of Steam boxes like the Xi3 Piston.

Thanks, Destructoid.

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