Breaking: Valve is Announcing its Own Gaming Console “Steam Box” at GDC 2012!
Valve, the company behind globally recognized gaming service “Steam”, is reportedly going to announce its own gaming console “Steam Box” to compete Microsoft and Sony those are already market leader in gaming industry with their highly appreciated gaming consoles “Xbox 360” and “PlayStation 3” respectively. The reports in this regard are based on an interesting comment recently passed by Valve’s co-founder Gabe Newell while talking with Penny Arcade: “Well, if we have to sell hardware we will.”
At a glance that would simply be interesting fodder for a gaming forum debate, but we’ve uncovered information that suggests that not only has Valve been secretly working on gaming hardware for the living room, but that 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. Backing up that concept, in the same interview we quote above, Newell says that Valve doesn’t really want to do hardware on its own, stating, “We’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do [hardware]. We think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do, then that’s what we end up having to do.”
The sources well aware to the matter reveal that Valve is already in contact with its partners to introduce a striking hardware and to dig out splendid software for its own gaming console “Steam Box”. The hardware will include the parts made by variety of partners and the software will be developed by any reliable company interested to make its name in gaming industry. Some rumors have described that the Alienware X51 has been considered as a powerful candidate with an early spec of the system, and might be upgraded actively to the software.
Apparently meetings were held during CES to demo a hand-built version of the device to potential partners. We’re told that the basic specs of the Steam Box include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. The devices will be able to run any standard PC titles, and will also allow for rival gaming services (like EA’s Origin) to be loaded up.
Via: The Verge