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Valve's Linux-based Steam Box due 2013, report claims

Germany tech conference appears to have shed new light on Valve's mysterious console

According to a report on a German tech website, Valve's Steam Box will launch in 2013 and will use Linux instead of Windows.

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Speaking at the EHSM 2012 conference in Berlin last month, Valve electronics engineer Ben Krasnow is reported to have confirmed that the so-called Steam Box will run a Linux-based system.

The account of his claims comes from German tech site Golem.de, which indicates that the Steam Box will be unveiled in 2013, and will not be the only major technology that the studio presents this year.

According to the report, it's expected that Steam Box will be unveiled at either GDC 2013 in late March or E3 2013 in June.

It comes as little surprise that Valve is snubbing Microsoft's operating system, following Gabe Newell's comments last year that Windows 8 is "a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space".

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