The ‘Steam’ brand is hailed by PC gamers and so there were quite a few that were hoping for the ‘Steam Box’ suggestions to be true.
Unfortunately GamesIndustryBiz report [via Kotaku] that Valve marketing director, Doug Lombardi has put an end to the rumours. He did however say that Valve won’t rule out Valve hardware in the future, something the co-founder suggested a few weeks back .
The rumours apparently began with an article on The Verge indicating that the actual hardware would be made by various partners, but Valve had constructed a sample spec similar to the Alienware X51 as a yardstick for developers.
Lombardi now explains that the hardware in question was built to test Steam’s ‘Big Picture’ mode which is a new interface that will enable people to use Steam on television sets and other displays.
“All of that is stuff that we’re working on, but it’s a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware,” states Lombardi.
“The idea is that you can take Steam to any display. What we’re trying to do is say, ‘here’s a box that we’re going to use for testing that’s common for Big Picture mode and get performance at a base level.'”
“We’re always putting boxes together. Going all the way back to the Half-Life days, we built special boxes to test our software render… it’s just part of development.”
Lombardi did however agree with Kotaku suggesting that Valve was not ruling out its presence in the hardware market in the long-term.