Steambox is no Console as it turns out

Posted: March 10, 2012 by VerryJerry in Tech


So all that stuff about Valve making a console is pretty much farce.

Doug Lombardi of Valve has denied all rumors regarding the company’s plans to release its own console hardware.

The rumors showed up last week that Valve is working on a “Steam Box” –  a gaming console that would be playing Steam games on your TV with a controller.

Lombardi has also denied this rumor stating that it is based on development boxes that Valve uses to test software.

“We’re prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we’re building boxes to test that on,” he told Kotaku.

Big Picture mode is a new Steam UI built for TV displays allowing gamers to access their Steam library on multiple screens at home.

“We’re also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we’ve talked about a fair amount. All of that is stuff that we’re working on, but it’s a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware,” he added. ”We’re always putting boxes together. Going all the way back to the Half-Life 1 days, we built special boxes to test our software render… it’s just part of development.”

It would make no sense for Valve to enter the hardware market, since they are perfectly fine where they are. I mean the co-founder Gabe Newell is a billionaire!
Even though it would be a neat little piece of gaming tech, it would just be useless. Besides if you can  hook a PC up to your TV and run Steam through that – why would they go to effort of creating something that doesn’t really have a market?

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