According to a brief interview over on Engadget, Valve’s Jeri Ellsworth claims that the company’s goal within the year is to make “Steam games more fun to play in your living room.”
To do that, she states, the company – best known for the Half Life games and the Steam online distribution portal (pun intended) – must find a way to make the transition smoother for people not used to a controller.
Or, indeed, introduce a mouse and keyboard combination to those used to a console joypad.
The article follows by saying Valve is therefore currently “creating a hardware solution to the control barriers found in many Steam games” although no specifics were given.
Assume some kind of hybrid controller device, rather than a dedicated console – this will still be a PC at the core.