Valve confirms internal development of “Steam Box” hardware

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Valve CEO Gabe Newell has shed some light on Valve’s plans with its own hardware, most particularly, that of the long-rumoured Steam Box. This should not be confused with another hardware project into which Valve invested – the Xi3 Piston.

In an interview with The Verge, the Valve CEO confirmed that the company will sell its own Linux-based hardware. Windows can also be installed, as the Steam Box “is not some locked box by any stretch of the imagination,” said Newell.

Referring to the hardware as “Steam Box”, Newell also revealed that project’s codename is “Bigfoot.”

Newell explained that the Steam Box can be used as a server “so you could have one PC and eight televisions and eight controllers.”

Talking controllers, the Valve boss said that the company is more focused on utilising biometrics, than traditional motion controls.

“I think you’ll see controllers coming from us that use a lot of biometric data. Maybe the motion stuff is just failure of imagination on our part, but we’re a lot more excited about biometrics as an input method.”

Newell said the choice to implement biometrics is to add more “communication bandwidth between the game and the person playing it, especially in ways the player isn’t necessarily conscious of.”

When asked about any mobile plans, Newell said that Valve is looking to extend their gaming approach into the mobile market, and added that the company is currently working on a mobile project, codenamed “Littlefoot”.

“Our approach will be pretty similar. We also think there’s a lot that needs to be done in the tablet and mobile space to improve input for games.”

Valve also showed off another PC hardware project at CES, the Xi3 Piston, a project into which Valve invested with Xi3 Corporation – Valve shows off PC hardware project at CES

Source: The Verge 

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  • AcidRaZor

    Wasn’t this confirmed a while ago at CES already?

  • http://mygaming.co.za/news James Etherington-Smith

    “Valve CEO Gabe Newell has shed some light on Valve’s plans with its own
    hardware, most particularly, that of the long-rumoured Steam Box. This
    should not be confused with another hardware project into which Valve
    invested – the Xi3 Piston.”

  • Kurike

    could we maybe get an article on the beneifits that the “steam box” or the Xi3 Piston will actually provide for gamers in SA or even Australia (their internet situation is fairly similar to us i.e.. high pings and low download speeds, though still slightly higher than us :( ) due to these systems presumably using a stream via cloud service

  • AcidRaZor

    Ok, because the “Steam Box” was “confirmed” by other sites as being code-named Piston etc, so they have 2 hardware projects? waste of money

  • http://mygaming.co.za/news James Etherington-Smith

    I think some other sites jumped the gun on calling the “Piston” the Steam Box. It’s certainly a bit of kit that Valve invested money towards, but The Verge’s interview with Gabe is the first instance I can recall of anyone from Valve mentioning a Steam Box in any official way.

  • TheCunt

    omg you everywhere go die in a hole

  • AcidRaZor

    Ah okay, well I’ll go and check out these 2, was looking for a media center/gaming solution and opted for an Xbox instead

  • AcidRaZor

    I wish I could bro, I wish I could

  • TheCunt

    Loool but not small hey like Kimberley’s “gat” ?

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