The next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft may have to face a tough challenge for space under the TV if Gabe Newell has his way. Valve's co-founder and managing director used a keynote address at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas last week to reveal his plans to move PC gaming platforms into the living room.
In his address, entitled A View On The Next Steps, Newell said that PC-to-TV streaming will become a standard feature on future TV sets and kick open the door to high-end PC gaming experiences in the living room.
"Traditionally, people say nobody wants a PC in the living room," Newell said, but stated this will change in over three tiers - "good/better/best" - of PC infiltration. The "good" tier, Newell said, will be home streaming, where consumers will be able to stream content to TVs from PCs at low latency.
"This will just become a standard feature of every television, the latency is basically nonexistent, so we really believe it's a very low-cost pathway (to PC Games in the living room) and a very high-quality path," Newell said.
Newell said the 'better' tier involved a PC in console format and sold at roughly the same price as a home gaming console. While he didn't mention it by name, the device described bears more than a slight resemblance to the Steam Box that Newell spoke at length about at CES.
The 'best' tier was a PC purchased for living room use. "The sky is the limit," Newell said. "If you want a $4,000 living room box, I'm sure there are lots of PC vendors who are going to send that to you."