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Valve: We're Not Making A Console

By Pete Haas 2012-03-08 15:57:10 discussion comments
A report published this weekend stated that Valve was making a console dubbed "Steam Box." Today the software company finally commented on the rumor. Valve's Doug Lombardi says that they have no immediate plans to create their own gaming system.

"We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we're building boxes to test that on," Lombardi told Kotaku. "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."

The rumored console had a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. Features included a controller with swappable parts and biometric feedback. The console was said to be able to run any standard PC game. The details were so specific that it seemed legit, but alas.

Still, Lombardi didn't rule out the possibility of Valve ever making a console. The company, as he said, is clearly toying with a few hardware ideas. However, don't expect to be camping out for a Steam Box this year.
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