THE BUZZ: Valve may be gearing up to unveil its “Steam Box” in the very near future. According to The Verge, sources close to the company claim that the oft rumored “Steam Box” is in fact a hardware requirement that is used as a backbone of sorts for many devices any manufacture that wants to buy in. Those hardware requirements include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. A regular PC is said to suffice so having games from a rival platform is not out of the question.
A wide number of USB peripherals are said be compatible with the box and Valve’s Big Picture mode that it unveiled last year at GDC is as well. Since this Steam Box will be basically a PC, no devkits will be required and no licensing fees either, which should further entice smaller publishers looking to get out from under the thumb of Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony.
One of the more curious points The Verge brings up is about Valve’s perceptive on Apple and its upcoming Apple TV. Gabe Newell said, “On the platform side, it’s sort of ominous that the world seems to be moving away from open platforms. They build a shiny sparkling thing that attracts users and then they control people’s access to those things.” Whether or not Valve actually sees Apple as a competitor is unknown, but it seems to respect Cupertino’s business plan, maybe enough to ape it.
EGM’s TAKE: The more boxes under our televisions the better, it just comes with the territory for gamers. And there are worse publishers we can think of that may step into the battle for the living room. With the rumored specs being as respectable as they are, and the seemingly golden touch Valve always has, this could be as sure a shot as we can get in the industry. We’d like to imagine Valve announces their Steam Box in the near future and Half-Life 3 as its first exclusive.
Source: The Verge