In an interview with The Verge, Valve CEO Gabe Newell has confirmed the rumors that it is building its own “Steambox” with a Linux OS. The box will act as a local server for all of the players’ screens. Newell said the technology is designed to work across multiple platforms in the home, bringing convenience to users. With the new hardware users could have, “one PC and eight televisions and eight controllers…We’re used to having one monitor, or two monitors — now we’re saying let’s expand that a little bit.” Newell said.
Valve has partnered with others while developing the Steambox, which is interesting considering they had a design in mind. However, Newell insists collaborating between closed proprietary systems and open systems makes for a better product. Newell said, “we try to take the pieces where we’re going to add the best value and then encourage other people to do it. So it tends to mean that a lot of people get involved.”
Newell also spoke on future projects, including biometric controllers; his thoughts against Windows 8; and Valve’s plans to move into the mobile realm.
When asked if he feels Valve can truly influence the home entertainment space and compete with companies such as Microsoft and Sony, Newell implies he is a believer in the marketplace. He states, “If you do something that is cool, that’s actually worth people’s time, then they’ll adopt it. If you do something that’s not cool and sucks, you can spend as many marketing dollars as you want, [they] just won’t.