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Valve readies prototype Steam Box video game console

Valve expects to offer prototypes of its upcoming video games console for testing within four months time.

The firm's chief executive Gabe Newell revealed the news to the BBC ahead of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Games Awards.

Valve's online PC games store Steam has already proven highly popular and analysts suggest the console, called Steam Box, could have a big impact.

Mr Newell is being honoured with an Academy Fellowship at the event.

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a_bro1301d ago

This and the ps4 is gonna look really good in my living room

Derekvinyard131301d ago

You think ps4 will be black? They could change it up

DarkBlood1301d ago

you think maybe they will have blue available seeing thier vita boxed are that color anyhows?

also am i seeing a disk slot on that steambox?

Cupid_Viper_31301d ago

I really hope they do well with the Steam Box.

But I'm left with some questions though. I know that Steam has some 50 million users, but these are users whom a significant number of them own decent PC rigs. I'm not sure what the incentive is going to be to persuade them to buy this, just so they could play games that they're already capable of playing on their PC.

It seems like we might have a EXHIBIT Meme going on here; "Hey Dawg, I heard you like Steam".

Unless their focus is on an entirely different market from the guys already playing on their PC's maybe? It seems like the Steam Box would have been a great competitor to the PS3 and Xbox 360 as the graphical differences would have been much more obvious. But now with the PS4 and Xbox 720 being as powerful as they are, I think Valve might find it hard to convince people to go with the new kid on the block.

But I guess time will tell for sure, so let's play the "wait and see" game for now.

starchild1301d ago

That is exactly the point: to get people that might otherwise be intimidated by PC gaming to jump on board. They want to make the PC platform more accessible.

Sounds good to me.

Cupid_Viper_31301d ago

@ Starchild

But that's exactly what I'm questioning. The new consoles have taken huge steps towards what the PC currently offers as far as what type of games they can play now. So isn't it a little too late?

There are many things that a PC could do that a PS1, PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360 couldn't do. But now with the PS4 and next Xbox, that list has shrunken rather dramatically I would say. Consoles will be expected to play RTS, MMO's, and other genres which prior to this were strictly a PC thing, no?

Spoon_1301d ago

Valve is coming for the console market with an upgradeable mod supporting steambox. They are being packaged with controllers not keyboards expect steam to have a big impact this gen.

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classic2001301d ago

LOL you are thinking the same the same thing as me lool. I can get the best of PC without needing my PC to be used in the living room and I can have my PS4 combo, what more can a gamer ask for.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1301d ago (Edited 1301d ago )

I can only say this. Whatever Valve does it will probably make sense. I will reserve judgment on valves console but I do expect good things from them. They have a good track record for success. So who knows.

Any company that can make a puzzle game a 2011 goty contender might have interesting things to offer. *Cough HL3, l4d3, tf3, portal 3 launch title Cough*

I hope to see a future not so dependent on Microsoft. It's just un healthy for everyone.

Just re installed Ubuntu.

Also sign into ps4 with psn account then sign into steam with psn account = win!

Root1301d ago (Edited 1301d ago )

So that box that was shown off a month or so back wasn't the Steam Box console....?

I was going to say because people were saying it was yet it just felt like a Steam PC model, thought the console box would have it's own controller and everything

Anyway on the controler....just don't make it like Microsofts Valve, you need something that's an all rounder...something which fits many genres not just FPS

Blackdeath_6631301d ago

depending on the price this can be a serious contender for next gen. i've always assumed (like many others) since CES that the steambox will be like the Xi3,Xi5 and the Xi7 that were shown there http://www.youtube.com/watc... and there was a lot of confusion over it and the steambox. if the steambox is a dedicate gaming device it will be interesting to see how it does

Cueil1301d ago

I was under the impression it was going to use off the shelf APU and FX2 mobo

deanobi1301d ago

Xbox will own the next gen.

3GenGames1301d ago (Edited 1301d ago )

Linux domination in the desktop world begins here with PC games. Who would have thought?! :)

Cueil1301d ago

no... just no... I love Linux, but it's way to fragmented to be anything other then an after thought and if Valve thinks they can bully their way into the console market they have a rude awakening coming to them

BitbyDeath1301d ago (Edited 1301d ago )

You do realise MS bullied their way into both the OS market and console market?

Karma, it catches up with everyone eventually.

Links -

When asked why Microsoft decided to enter the console space, he asserted that, "The main reason was to stop Sony."

http://au.ign.com/articles/...

“Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.” -Steve Jobs, Apple

http://www.winrumors.com/st...

3GenGames1301d ago (Edited 1301d ago )

Fragmented? How in the hell is Linux fragmented?! It's the only big time computer OS to be natively supported on ARM, x86, x64, and a few other microprocessor types. There's a couple package managers, but .deb is used by most of the user base and it pretty much "standard." You provide a .deb package, you provide for most of the Linux community. I don't see any other OS offering one format for all their platforms, no? Apple and Microsoft to chose to have 100% different OS's. Heck, Metro is based on HTML5 so it can what Linux does. Talk about a hack to get that going! But executable work between every distro provided the architecture is the same. The packages, like said, are the only thing that differ. To say that's fragmented, you have to be very, very stupid with Linux.

Fragmented...ha. What an idiotic comment...really.

Cueil1300d ago

@3GenGames Are you series? You know how many different distros there are and then we wont even talk Unity, Gnome, KDE, and Enlightenment

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