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Valve denies Steam Box development rumors

by Nicole
March 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Last week, tech sites went abuzz, reporting about Valve’s plans to enter the console market with a hypothetical Steam Box.

But the video game studio, owner of Steam, was quick to deny the rumors.

According to Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi, Valve has no intention of releasing a console at this week’s Game Developers Conference or at this year’s E3 show in June.

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

“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.

Lombardi also mentioned that they are not collaborating with third parties for the production of a Steam Box and said that Valve has always used PCs to test its products.

As for pictures of a micro PC posted by Valve employee Greg Coomer last November, Lombardi said:

“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.”

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