Posted by Chuck Corbin on Mar 5, 2012

Valve Creating “Steam Box”? [Rumor]

According to an article on The Verge, it appears that right now Valve may be designing a console-type of system. Up until this point, Valve has only been in the software business.

Not much is known about what the system will be like, but rumor has it that the “Steam Box”, as it’s sometimes being referred as, won’t be produced by a single company, but rather the production of the system will be licensed to manufacturers that want in on the project. The basic specs apparently include a Core i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and it will use an NVIDIA GPU. Pictured above is a photo that Greg Coomer has leaked, who works as a production designer with Valve,

It also appears that this “console” is going to be more of a PC-console hybrid, as it will be able to run any standard PC titles, and even use other rival gaming services such as EA’s Origin. In all, if this system works out, we might be seeing the future of gaming in general, where the PC and console markets start to merge to a certain extent. One thing is for sure, if such a system takes off, it will make the job of developers so much easier, as they’ll only have to worry about developing a game around a standard PC spec and not have to worry as much about many different platforms. Of course, it can only do that if the “Steam Box” can knock off giants like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony from the market, or force them to change to something like the “Steam Box”. As these are just rumors, there remains a possibility that this project may never take off. It’s still something interesting to think about, however!


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