Earlier this week, a very reputable website prophesised that Valve was about to announce a Steam-enabled console. The so-called “Steam Box” was supposedly being developed by Valve, along with hardware partners – it was meant to bridge the gap between PCs and consoles in the living room.
Doug Lombardi, Valve’s marketing director, has pretty much shot-down these rumours saying that the development company is currently busy getting Steam Big Picture ready for launch. As for the rumoured biometric input devices that were supposed to come with the “Steam Box” console – Valve Lombardi admitted that Valve is merely experimenting with the tech at present.
According to Lombardi, the Steam Big Picture UI and the biometric experiments make up the “stuff that we’re working on, but it’s a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware.” That’s all fine, but what about the supposed prototype unit (complete with system specs) that cropped up online after the initial report on website The Verge?
Lombardi was able to debunk that rumour as well, saying that Valve is forever building different units in order to test their software. That particular unit was a testing machine built by Valve’s Greg Coomer:
“Greg’s one of the guys leading the effort of the Big Picture mode. The idea is that you can take Steam to any display. What we’re trying to do is say, ‘here’s a box that we’re going to use for testing that’s common for Big Picture mode and get performance at a base level.’… 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.”
So there you have it; looks like Valve’s console might not be happening any time soon.