Valve Working on a Gaming Console “Steam box”

According to reports, Valve will be announcing a gaming console during this year’s GDC or E3. Sources report that Valve is “working on a hardware spec and associated software” and that Valve “is actively pursuing a strategy which would place Steam at the center of an open gaming universe.” This definitely sounds like a PC with user friendly tech and controls. Check out the rumored details below.

– Devices might be made by different partners
– Software would be available to any company that wants to get in the game
– Alienware X51 may have been designed with an early spec of the system in mind, and will be retroactively upgradable to the software
– Meetings were held at CES to demo a hand-built version of the device to possible partners
– Basic specs include: Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU
– Can run any standard PC titles
– Rival services such as Origin could be loaded up
– Hardware will give developers a clear lifecycle for their products, with changes possibly coming every three to four years
– No required devkit
– No licensing fees to make software
– Variety of USB peripherals will be compatible with the boxes
– Probably will come with a controller of its own
– Controller may allow for swappable components
– The kind of biometrics Valve uses in game testing will somehow be incorporated into these devices
– Realtime biometric feedback in games will be a sea-change for users; source says, “You won’t ever look back.”
– Biometric devices may come in the form of a bracelet, or be part of the standard controller
– Will use Steam’s “Big Picture” mode
– Big Picture mode: “With big picture mode, gaming opportunities for Steam partners and customers become possible via PCs and Macs on
any TV or computer display in the house.”
– Not intended to clash only with current gaming consoles
– Valve wants to take Apple and Apple TV products head on
– Steam Box could be shown at GDC
– Valve may wait until E3 instead

[via GESource]

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