Valve not planning hardware anytime soon

Company not planning to ship "any sort of hardware" in near future; admits "boxes" being built to test Big Picture UI mode for Steam.

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Gamers hoping to get their hands on the rumored "Steam Box" will need to postpone those wishes for some time. Valve told Kotaku today that the company is a "long way from shipping any sort of hardware."

Hardware from Valve? Maybe some day.

The company admitted it was building "boxes," but their immediate purpose was for testing the company's Steam Big Picture user interface mode. This mode will allow users to play Steam games on a PC connected to a television.

"We're always putting boxes together," he said. "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."

Valve also commented on the rumor that Valve was working to implement biometric support in new hardware. The company said it has been experimenting with this technology for some time.

Rumors swirled last weekend that Valve was at work on a mystery "Steam Box." Sources said the system's baseline specs would reportedly tout a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GPU. The report suggested the box could be unveiled as early as this week or possibly at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs June 5-7.

Discussion

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darkeyez81
darkeyez81

@oldschoolvandal GDC 2011: Valve announces "big picture mode," which will offer controller support and ability to play games "on any TV or computer display in the house." That's from the link that says "Steam Big Picture".

kelann08
kelann08

@CaptainHerlock The gaming culture thrives on getting new information "yesterday". The journalism you speak of is Ted Koppel and Brian Williams on the evening news. This is something more akin to TMZ. Reporting speculation and rumors is what drives this site and dozens others like it. Personally, I enjoy hearing about what is coming next. You can't expect a site based on this community of people to not feature information on what this community wants to see.

Taix34
Taix34

Stop making Pointless hats in TF2 and work on Hl3..or L4D3 Jeez.

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

Aw :( It would be the perfect thing to launch HL3/EP3 alongside with!

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

I hope you guys realize that Steam Big Picture Mode is a UI that will allow people to navigate through steam natively on controllers.

EliteMon95
EliteMon95

Wait, what? I'm sorry but from what I can tell Valve are a heavy supporter of AMD. Why would their box contain an Intel processor and a Nvidia GPU?

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@csftar How about not publishing something that's speculation and rumor? I know that many "gamers" believe that a reporters job is to speculate, it's not. A reporter REPORTS. What GameSpot is doing is not reporting news, they are CREATING news, and that's a dereliction on their part. It looks like they don't have anyone on staff that has any real background in journalism what so ever, otherwise this wouldn't be happening.

comb5
comb5

Huh? I'm confused. I have no problem playing Steam games on my PC with is hooked up to my 42 inch TV. I use my TV as monitor, my computer is the only thing I have hooked up to it other than my blu-ray player. I guess a UI made just for TVs with really big icons would be nice though.

_Roo_
_Roo_

@hippiesanta It's all about bridging the divide between consoles and PC's. Developing a system with the simplicity of a console but the flexibility of a PC is pure $$$$$. Valve through Steam is in a great position to do exactly that.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

I was never convinced by this to begin with In terms of a consumer product. Valve are a decent company who actually appear to care about gamers & supporting the products that they put out. Keep up the good work & Steam, that's enough.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

@burnedandfrozen I'm sorry, but there are two things wrong with your statement: 1. In no way does this article mention Sony, so your comment does not contribute to the ongoing conversation about Valve and Steam. 2. Valve is responsible for revolutionizing not just PC gaming, but the industry as a whole--Half-Life revolutionized the FPS genre. Steam revolutionized the way gamers purchase and play games. Source proved to be one of the most flexible engines of all time, being utilized in games even today (despite it being at its core an 8-year-old engine). If you want to talk about just software, then let's do that: Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, CS:S--need I continue? No doubt Sony puts out great titles (the PS3 does have great exclusives). But there is no doubt in my mind that Valve is arguably the best developer in the industry right now when it comes to putting out titles that are polished, superbly-supported (often for free, no less), and of phenomenal quality.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

what's the use of steamybox if there's PC

da_chub
da_chub

valve needs to just make games for consoles. if you want to play steam games on a tv...then just hook your pc to any hd tv and there you go. i do already and L4D is fun on a 47in tv.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I don't why, but Valve logo "above" always give me a creeps :?

csftar
csftar

Ok, i should read the articles before posting more often, lol. "This mode will allow users to play Steam games on a PC connected to a television" VALVe.... Where am i Writting this right now?

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

The "big Picture" thing is all 8ull$4it, I bet Valve is developing a box that will be sort of like the Onlive box but with nice hardware so not all or none of the processing will be done by Steam. This is all just my speculation of course but I think Steam has a clear goal to take back any members lost by the ONLive gaming service which has advanced to the point the you can get it on IOS devices so I guess Steam building a massive gaming rig farm for streaming boxes is possible if they are serious about reclaiming any lost market.

oldschoolvandal
oldschoolvandal

Everyone is already able to play PC games on a big flat screen.... Would someone care to explain what this "Steam Big Picture" is all about?

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

They can now focus on getting Cold Stream out of BETA mode.....c'mon Valve. You put a ring in Team Fortress II for sale for a 100 bucks, but you can't show L4D any updates and love?

toddx77
toddx77

Does this mean all those people who would have worked the steam box are now going to work on half life 3?

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

They will at one point, I will be the 1st in line to get it.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

stop makeing junk i want my Half-Life 3 plz oh steam/Valve gods my pc needs

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

Ease of use and convenience. Think Roku box.

unreal_master
unreal_master

Should just make a console like On live did and have people stream but at a better quality.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

valve, forget hardware, it is an intriguing idea but one that is already covered by OnLive and in the future if OnLive sticks around and gets better connections, players will essentially be playing PC games on a TV. So just leave the hardware to the big three, PC makers, and OnLive type services, and focus on what you're best at - games. I would much rather see a Half-Life 3 for the next generation of consoles (built for PC and then ported to the consoles, not the other way around. I'm a console gamer but let's be fair to the PC gamers!)

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

forget about hardware make Left 4 Dead 3 CMMON who cares about hardware u have plenty of that even i mean do something for the Vita at least!!!!!!!

PDXmauler97
PDXmauler97

im begging you for a console Steam. Do you guys not realize it would be amazing?

mtait01
mtait01

Make Half Life 3... and then you can do what you please Valve ;)

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Valve, wake up already! We can already do that! :P

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

"This mode will allow users to play Steam games on a PC connected to a television". We can already do that. Make Half Life 3

starduke
starduke

Hello, Valve! I already play my PC games on my HDTV!

ramb1402
ramb1402

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LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

JoSilver. How surprised you're going to be this year when you see SEGA debut new hardware (a tablet, a new cutting edge ray tracing arcade machine and perhaps a 512-bit console in Japan) and when you see the birth of SEGA Orbi Enterprises who unlike SEGASammy won't be a software only company. As for a Valve Steam based console? I knew that these rumors were likely just gossip about an idea prototype Valve has on the table.

pelvist
pelvist

"This mode will allow users to play Steam games on a PC connected to a television. " - We can already do that...

xXl_z3r0_lXx
xXl_z3r0_lXx

@JoSilver Did you even read the title to this article? It says no all over the the article, and the title, and the comments, etc.

hobotech64
hobotech64

The box probably contains Episode 3, and they're doing their best to hide it.

JoSilver
JoSilver

So that means that the "Steambox" is a go, right? Personally I think a new contender in the console market is exactly we need. However I know many had hope that it would be Sega returning to consoles, but It'd be cool to see Valve take a whack at it. The way I see it even if it's a flop, with steam, it's gonna take more then that to take down Valve. Valve is definitely the company that should be experimenting with this.

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

maybe they are working in streaming video game, but pushing it beyond onlive, like steam store did

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

good news.. why else would valve be at e3 this year then? HL3!

Philly04
Philly04

Learn something new here. Trying to integrate myself into pc gaming again

zephrr86
zephrr86

Something akin to a "Steambox" could potentially give the hardcore PC crowd a big boost in numbers, or it could fall flat. I hope someone out there is working on something like this, I would sure love to see the major console devs wither away sooner than later. When digital distribution becomes standard I personally would prefer a sole "Apple" experience of one store.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Yeah, I was expecting some explanation like this.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

They can't even get a game expansion out, who seriously thought they were working on a console?

Link3301
Link3301

@Captain Herlock They were reporting on a rumor before. Now Valve has come out with the facts. So naturally, Gamespot reported on them.

namdar
namdar

Damit I wanted steam box

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

I figured....no offense Valve. I love you and consider you like the greatest developers of all time....but that "SteamBox" really sounded quite bad, tbh.

DeadGothicRed
DeadGothicRed

Here's a Headline I should be seeing when Valve opens their mouth...Half-life 3 2012

csftar
csftar

@CaptainHerlock it's called "updating information"

csftar
csftar

Good. What would be the point of creating a console? They get so much money out of Steam already and PC market is doing nothing but grow. Why waste time on such a thing when you can help in the growth of PC gaming by focussing on making the already existing thing better, and therefore encourage more and more people to use it?