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Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby News Portal » 4 Mar 12, 3:13 pm

Unsubstantiated, yet intriguing rumours are now in play that suggest that Valve is currently working on creating its own gaming console.

'Sources' report that Valve is working on a hardware spec and associated software that would coalesce to form a 'Steam Box', a TV game console to be built by a variety of manufacturers. Technology news website The Verge also claims that the existence of the Steam Box will in all likelihood be formally unveiled at the GDC...

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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby PalZer0 » 4 Mar 12, 3:30 pm

Launch title will be HL2 Episode 3/HL3.

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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby tacitus42 » 4 Mar 12, 3:34 pm

This is why steam wants to get onto everyone's TVs.
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby i.am.Frud » 4 Mar 12, 3:37 pm

I wouldnt be surprised if it is announced - valve already have a page on their site hinting it:
http://www.steampowered.com/steamworks/ ... icture.php

PalZer0 wrote:Launch title will be HL2 Episode 3/HL3.

You heard it here first!


HL3 is long overdue
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby majkicCFC » 4 Mar 12, 3:38 pm

Who is their target market, is it someone like me, who plays all his games on steam now?....and has a i7, and 8g of ram with nvida card. Sorry valve count me out.
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby SomeXspeC » 4 Mar 12, 3:45 pm

There's even a hypothetical tech spec, consisting of a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GPU.


And it will run windows too! Oh wait, we have that... PC :roll:
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby psychofruiterer » 4 Mar 12, 3:52 pm

If they can build this so it gets 1080p at 60fps minimum on all the games on steam with no stuffing around, i would probably buy one.

If the only benefit turns out to be i can plug it into my tv and still have to screw around with settings etc, i really would'nt see the point, i can already do that lol
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby Artful-dodgeR » 4 Mar 12, 3:54 pm

majkicCFC wrote:Who is their target market, is it someone like me, who plays all his games on steam now?....and has a i7, and 8g of ram with nvida card. Sorry valve count me out.


You currently have it *because* its your normal option. Think if they released a Steam-box, with complete compatibility, where every game in their catalogue works without issue. All of a sudden you're faced with the 'Console vs Steambox' rather than 'Console vs PC' argument. Suddenly, your PC because naught but a Facebook machine.

THE FUTURE PEOPLE, THINK TO THE FUTURE!

You also have to remember that valve are *kinda* smart. I don't doubt they'll make it so its an upgradeable box for future-proofing. If they hit the mark correctly, they really could create something very new and very awesome.
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby -=THUNDERBIRD=- » 4 Mar 12, 3:56 pm

Why shoot it down?
Even though I'm a PC guy I think it's great.
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby cyclobs » 4 Mar 12, 4:00 pm

because what we need are more conololols
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby Chucky » 4 Mar 12, 4:01 pm

-=THUNDERBIRD=- wrote:Even though I'm a PC guy I think it's great.


I'm with you! However I understand the concern, as then games would be targeted at the steam box and PC loses out again.
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby Hoodoo » 4 Mar 12, 4:10 pm

PalZer0 wrote:Launch title will be HL2 Episode 3/HL3.

You heard it here first!


I'm calling you out! I saw it in reddit about 12 hours ago...
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby Marius » 4 Mar 12, 4:16 pm

Artful-dodgeR wrote:You currently have it *because* its your normal option. Think if they released a Steam-box, with complete compatibility, where every game in their catalogue works without issue. All of a sudden you're faced with the 'Console vs Steambox' rather than 'Console vs PC' argument. Suddenly, your PC because naught but a Facebook machine.


How would you play all the good games not on Steam?
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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby Matty » 4 Mar 12, 4:31 pm

-Complain about consoles having old technology.

-Read about company that is trying to change this.

-Complain about consoles.



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Re: Rumour: Valve to unveil 'Steam Box' Console at GDC

Unread postby SirCabbage » 4 Mar 12, 4:43 pm

If the "Steam Box" is just a PC that uses a custom windows based OS/Steam Based OS which is compatible with windows + a TV for a monitor then it would be good.

Having my PC games able to play anywhere, even on a TV would be handy, especially if games released for the Steambox could also be used on normal computers via steam. However, the chances of this concept being so cross platform friendly seems minor. so.. meh
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