Newell hasn't been shy about his vision of Steam in the living room. Aside from launching Big Picture mode, Valve has talked openly about releasing its own hardware, a "Steam Box," that would connect to televisions, offering convenience of a game console with the openness of the PC platform. That openness of PC has been a focal point of Newell's vision of the future. Long a proponent of open systems, he said Windows 8 is a "catastrophe" that signals a larger move to a closed ecosystem, and pointed to open-source Linux as sort of a lifeboat that just needs some games and serious support in order to become more viable an option for users. "Systems which are innovation-friendly and embrace openness are going to have a greater competitive advantage to closed or tightly regulated systems," he said at LinuxCon.
Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads. This year we've been working on even more ways to connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room. Soon, we'll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam.
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