steampc Valve prepares Steam Box console for testing

Game studio Valve is preparing prototypes of its Steam Box gaming console for testing within the next few months, according to the company's CEO.

Game studio Valve is preparing prototypes of its Steam Box gaming console for testing within the next few months, according to the company's CEO.

 
Gabe Newell, top dog at Valve, told the BBC that prototypes will be ready within four months, confirming long-running rumours that the studio was building its own console.
 
Newell said the testing will be to “gauge [customers'] reactions,” suggesting the firm is still far away from launching the device. He admitted that there are currently noise and heat issues, which he said were challenging to fix while still trying to keep the system powerful.
 
steampc Valve prepares Steam Box console for testing
 
The type of controller that will acompany the Steam Box is still undecided, but Valve is exploring the concept of adding sensors that detect a gamer's body state, including their heart rate, which is designed to see how stimulated the gamer is from the content. This could result in the game experience changing depending on the mood of the player.
 
With Steam boasting a whopping 50 million members on PCs and Macs, there is already an established customer base for Valve to sell to, and still nearly a year before the second next-generation console, Sony's PlayStation 4, hits the shelves.
 
At this stage it is still too early to tell just how successful the Steam Box might be, but the top three console makers on the market at the moment might have to make room for a new player, and one that has a large catalogue of games to offer.
 
Source: BBC