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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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