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The smash-hit gamers who brought the world Portal are going up against Playstation and X-Box to produce a games console.

Valve software are going to sell something that looks like this:

The plans for Valve's 'steambox'

The story was broken by the internet’s technical Times CNet back in March.

But now Valve boss Gabe Newell has stood it up.

Gabe told writer Jason Schreier the consoles would come as part of the firms bid for a stake in the general PC/TV rollout.

The 49 year old Windows pioneer said: “We will compete with next-gen consoles from companies like Microsoft and Sony.

“I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that the PC a better environment for them.

“They don’t have to split the world; thinking ‘why are my friends in the living room, why are my video sources in the living room different from everyone else?’

Harvard dropout Newell set up Valve in 1996: he’s been on record since 2007 complaining about building for competing consoles.

He called the XBox Live service a ‘train wreck’ and advised Sony to admit their development process for consoles was a “horrible disaster”.

Newell promised: “Valve hardware will be a very controlled environment.

“If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC.

He said the response to Big Picture had been better than expected and now he wanted to get Steam Linux into alpha so Big Picture worked on the platform.

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  1. Lillian

    December 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    he’s also in attendance at Valve’s CS GO pyaetlst, writing on Twitter that it’s not just Counter-Strike Source players offering their feedback to Valve. There are’ 1.6 players around, he assures fans of the other active Counter-Strike fanbase.Levine writes that Valve plans to include both casual and competitive games modes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with dedicated servers and a built-in matchmaking system. The first CS GO map that the small group of Counter-Strike enthusiasts played was the iconic de_dust, which game designer Jess Cliffe reportedly said was being overhauled to become competitively played. The next Counter-Strike sounds visually overhauled as well, with Levine writing that maps look beautiful, the player skins and animations are smooth, and the gun models are cool! Veiser tweeted that the game was apparently based on the Portal 2 Source engine. We got to play dust, dust2, inferno, and nuke, Levine writes, confirming the existence of the series’ best known maps. Valve reportedly also confirmed that de_train would be included in Global Offensive’s map rotation among other unspecified maps.The next Counter-Strike will also reportedly add some new weapons to its arsenal, including a new heavy machine gun rifle, new pistols, and a new shotgun. Valve is also experimenting with two new grenade options, a pricey Molotov cocktail—designed to block rushes and do area of effect damage—and a decoy grenade that emits gunfire sounds intended to confuse players who rely on audio cues to determine player positioning. Given the controversy that surrounded the inclusion of Counter-Strike’s since-removed riot shield, it’s going to be very interesting to see how Valve and Hidden Path integrate all-new weapons and tactics into the series’ tried and tested existing components.Levine also touched on the gameplay nuances of CS GO in his write-up, writing that the new title had a feel distinguishable from both Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike Source, saying pro players seemed surprisingly happy with the player player movement and feel of the game. Valve is also reportedly experimenting with weapons that have situational value. Instead of players committing solely to the strongest, most reliable options—the AWP, Desert Eagle, AK-47 and M4A1—it appears that the game’s developers intend to make sub machine guns, shotguns and pistols viable purchases. Levine writes that CS GO will have adjustable weapon variables, which sounds like an easier way for Valve to tweak values of each weapon for improved balance.Finally, according to Veiser, Valve may be planning a closed, invite-only beta test for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the coming months. Attendees of this month’s PAX Prime and the Eurogamer Expo (late September) will have a chance to go hands on with the game.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is targeted for an early 2012 release on the Xbox 360 s Xbox Live Arcade, the PlayStation 3 s PlayStation Network, Mac and PC in early 2012.This info was courtesy of McWhertor

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