The words “Steam Box” have been floating around quite a bit lately. Rumors have been cropping up left and right, which basically point to Valve releasing some sort of dedicated machine for playing Steam games. This would be something of a bridge between the PC, and regular consoles.
Valve has finally commented on the subject, stating that “We’re prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we’re building boxes to test that on.” It’s easy to make the leap to a dedicated machine for Steam, since Valve is indeed working to make it easier for people to play on large TVs. However, the “boxes” they refer to are simply in-house machines for testing, not some special console running a SteamOS.
When pressed about the idea of making a dedicated console, Valve’s Doug Lombardi had this to say:”What you’re saying is, there’s definitely nothing coming any time soon, nothing at GDC or E3, but what you’re not ruling out is the possibility that, hey, maybe some day Valve would make hardware,
I think that’s accurate.” So is a Steam Box coming? Perhaps. Just don’t bank on it, not for a long while at least. Remember how long we’ve been waiting for Half-Life 3?