Rumors of Valve's "Steam Box" PC hardware have been flying for months, and this weekend at the VGAs Valve head Gabe Newell finally confirmed that Valve will soon release its own living room PC. It seems Steam's Big Picture was only the beginning.

"We'll do it but we also think other people will as well," Newell told Kotaku, referring to PC packages designed for living room use. He also revealed that, surprisingly, Valve's PC hardware will be a relatively controlled ecosystem:

"Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment," he said. "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 nice thing about a PC is a lot of different people can try out different solutions, and customers can find the ones that work best for them."

So there you have it: Valve will release PC hardware for living rooms, likely in the next year, and apparently it will be meant to compete directly with next-gen consoles (Wii U, Xbox 720, PS4), according to Kotaku.

Were you hoping for a more open PC solution from Valve? Or is the out-of-the-box living room PC a more desirable way to go?

[via Kotaku]