Gabe Newell has confirmed rumours recently that Valve are working on a “Steam Box” which is a hardware unit designed especially to bring PC gaming to the living room. Valve Corporation recently released Big Picture mode has gained “stronger than expected” support giving Valve Corporation options when it comes to designing their own living room designed hardware.
A release date hasn’t been confirmed but it is looking like to arrive sometime next year as similar others devices are launching soon.
Don’t expect the Steam Box to be similar to current PC set ups and more like a focused gaming console similar to a OUYA, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
Gabe Newell said “Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment, If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC.”
I find these box type consoles to be interesting in the way they are likely to provide a cheaper alternative to other gaming platforms. I also like how these type of boxes seem to be a more focused gaming/film platform than the trend towards providing a platform that does everything.
Some of my other Valve Corporation posts:
- Video Game Making Software Now Available on Steam.
- Developers will Now Need to Pay $100 to Get Listed on Steam Greenlight.
- Steam Greenlight is Available.
- Steam is Going Beyond Just Video Games.
- Steam Mobile Application Closed Beta has Started. Also Nine Screenshots of the Steam Application [Updated!].
- Impressive Steam Statistics.
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