Valve denies 'Steam Box' console rumours
8th Mar 2012 | 21:36
Valve man Doug Lombardi has stomped on rumours that the firm is working on releasing its own console/PC hardware.
Rumours emerged last week that Valve was working on a 'Steam Box' - a console-like machine that would play Steam games and other PC titles on your telly with a proprietary controller and optional USB attachments.
But Lombardi has dismissed the rumour, explaining that they could stem from development boxes Valve makes routinely for testing software.
"We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we're building boxes to test that on," he told Kotaku.
Big Picture mode is a new Steam user interface built to work perfectly on TV displays, letting gamers use Steam and their library of Steam games on more screens throughout the house.
"We're also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we've talked about a fair amount. All of that is stuff that we're working on, but it's a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware." added Lombardi.
"We're always putting boxes together. 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," he added.