Newell teases Linux-based Steam Box announcement coming next week

Valve plans to peel the curtain back on its first entry into the hardware market sometime next week, company head Gabe Newell has revealed.

Speaking at LinuxCon, Newell preached to the choir regarding the event’s titular operating system – stating that Linux is the future of gaming, as well as bemoaning the current PC market.

"I think we’ll see either significant restructuring or market exits by top five PC players. It’s looking pretty grim," Newell said, according to Ars Technica. "Systems which are innovation-friendly and embrace openness are going to have a greater competitive advantage to closed or tightly regulated systems."

Newell explained that Valve will be utilizing the OS to bring its Steam property to the living room in hardware form – teasing new information regarding what kind of Steam Box the company has been working on for next week.

The next step in our contribution to this is to release some work we’ve done on the hardware side,” Newell said. 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.”

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.”

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