Truth About: Valve Reportedly Working On “Steam Box” Gaming Console With Partners, What Reports Say?
Exclusive reports surfaced on the Web that Valve – the company behind the massive and scary smart narrative – driven FPS games. After they had made a smart digitla store for PC gamers in the past. The recent reports said to be , Valve is the company behind the massive popular gaming service Steam, which has been considering getting into the hardware business.
This article at the Verge claims that Valve is currently working on a way to bring Steam to the living room with its own gaming console. The house of Half-Life is reportedly working together with PC manufacturers to release Steam-powered PC hardware. Aim to apparently establish a more structured, console-style PC gameing platform while still maintaining its openness.
According to Joshua Topolsky and The Verge, it is now paving the way for smart hardware. There have been rumors that the company has been toying with the idea of creating a proper set-top console which could potentially pose a threat to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Valve co-founder Gabe Newell even recently told Penny Arcade: “Well, if we have to sell hardware we will.”
The Verge have some uncovered information that suggests that not only has Valve been secretly working on gaming hardware for the living room, but, the company is actively pursuing a strategy which would place Steam at the center of an open gaming universe that mirrors what Google has done with Android.
According to sources, the company has been working on a hardware spec and associated software which would make up the backbone of a “Steam Box.” The actual devices may be made by a variety of partners, and the software would be readily available to any company that wants to get in the game.
From The Verge:
“Apparently meetings were held during CES to demo a hand-built version of the device to potential partners,” says the Verge report. ”We’re told that the basic specs of the Steam Box include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. .. Part of the goal of establishing a baseline for hardware, we’re told, is that it will give developers a clear lifecycle for their products, with changes possibly coming every three to four years. Additionally, there won’t be a required devkit, and there will be no licensing fees to create software for the platform.”
The Steam Box could be unveiled at GDC, though we’re also hearing that the company may wait until E3 this year to show off what it’s been working on.