Speaking at LinuxCon in New Orleans yesterday, Valve Software front man Gabe Newell said that the Linux operating system is the future of gaming and that the company will use the OS to start building Steam-based hardware. Valve released a Linux client for Steam in February of this year, and highlighted its living room-focused Big Picture mode on the OS. The next step is to build hardware, he says.
"There are sets of issues to making sure whatever platform you have works well in a living room environment," he said. "There are thermal issues and sound issues, but there also a bunch of input issues. So the next step in our contribution to this [the promotion of Linux for gaming] is to release some work we've done on the hardware side.
"None of the proprietary closed platforms are going to be able to provide that grand unification between mobile, the living room and the desktop," he added.
"Next week we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities 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 in mobile."
Later in the day, Newell told the BBC that Valve was working with partners to "nail down how fast we can make it," with a prototype expected by July.
Valve has been quietly working on a hardware solution that utilizes its Steam client in "Big Picture" mode to make it easier to use in the living room just like a console.
Check out the video to your left to see Newell's presentation.