Living room PC will not be open source, says Newell
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has confirmed the developer is working on a PC designed for use in the living room, according to an interview with Kotaku.
However, such a device will apparently not be open source, according to Newell, who said, “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 turn-key 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.”
Newell added that he felt such a device would be welcome, explaining, “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.”
Kotaku further claimed that Valve would release the hardware sometime next year, which would put it in direct competition with next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
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