Earlier this month at CES 2013, Valve unveiled the Piston which was a collaborative effort between them and Xi3 which was Valve’s stab at taking over the living room gaming space which is currently dominated by consoles like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U. At least from a layman’s point of view, that certainly seems like the case but apparently Valve’s Gabe Newell doesn’t seem to think so. In fact during a talk given by Newell at the University of Texas (via Polygon), he claims that Valve’s biggest threat is not console manufacturers like Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo (with the former 2 pegged to unveil next-gen consoles later this year), but rather surprisingly Apple!
As far as Apple’s gaming efforts are concerned, there has not been much apart from providing discrete graphic cards in their Mac offerings, so it was certainly an interesting perspective. “The biggest challenge, I don’t think is from the consoles […] I think the biggest challenge is that Apple moves on the living room before the PC industry sort of gets its act together.” At the moment the only living room product that Apple offers would be its Apple TV, which at its current state does not pack enough power to play the kind of games that gamers will expect, so it is interesting that Newell managed to arrive at that conclusion, but what do you guys think?