PCs are a 'better environment' for customers and developers, says Gabe Newell

In a recent interview with Kotaku, Valve co-founder and managing director of game development Gabe Newell said the company is currently seeking a way to make PCs more living room friendly.

Newell believes that "customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them."

"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?'" Newell said. "So in a sense we hopefully are gonna unify those environments."

Following the public release of Steam's Big Picture mode, the company is making a wider push to incorporate PC gaming onto HD televisions. According to Newell, PCs work well because "different people can try out different solutions, and customers can find the ones that work best for them."

Valve's next step is reportedly to get Steam Linux out of its beta and ready for Big Picture as well, granting the company more development flexibility.

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