Valve is looking to sell PCs that are tailored for use in the living room as soon as next year, Gabe Newell says.

Speaking with Kotaku, Newell said that the response to Steam’s Big Picture mode was stronger than expected, and that the next step was to get it working on Steam Linux to give the company more flexibility OS-wise.

“We’ll do it but we also think other people will as well,” he said, adding that the Steam Box wouldn’t be as open as a traditional PC.

“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 turnkey solution, that’s what some people are really gonna want for their living room.”

The Steam Box would be set up as a competitor for next-gen consoles and would unify PC gaming, said Newell.

“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,” said Newell.

"The nice thing about a PC is a lot of different people can try out different solutions. Customers can find the ones that work best for them."

Rumours of a “Steam box” prototype circulated earlier this year, but these were quashed by Valve, who claimed the unit in question was merely a test station for Big Picture mode.