Rumours of Valve’s Steam Box have been abound for some while now, however gaming icon Gabe Newell has finally sat down to clarify the fact from the fiction. Here’s a list of exactly what gaming fans can expect from the Steam Box:

  • Valve’s Steam Box will be Linux based with an option to install Windows if you prefer.

  • Two of Valve’s Steam Box projects are internally named “Bigfoot” and “Littlefoot.”

  • Littlefoot focuses on mobile and has a touchpad included, however Valve are “trying to figure out where that’s useful” when it comes to the tech.

  • The Steam Box will be designed to work across multiple screens in the home using networks such as Miracast.

  • The idea is for users to be able to transition between rooms and monitors to enjoy gaming and other content.

  • Valve’s aim is to “build a thing that’s quiet and focuses on high performance and quiet and appropriate form factors.”

  • The Steam Box will include Netflix and a web browser.

  • The Steam Box will also be used as a server, Newell stating that “you could have one PC and eight televisions and eight controllers and everybody getting great performance out of it.”

  • There isn’t just one Steam Box. Valve are funding several companies to produce Steam Boxes in addition to their own.

  • There are currently around 15-20 said to be looking into producing a Steam Box, including Alienware and Xi3.

  • The different Steam Boxes are being scaled into “Good, Better, or Best.” Good are low-cost streaming solutions, Better is featuring a dedicated CPU and GPU, and Best is whatever the manufacturers want to include.

  • One of the Steam Box prototypes from outside of Valve features an optical media drive.

  • Xi3 are manufacturing a $999 Steam Box called Piston that focuses on Steam’s Big Picture Mode.

  • Valve are interested in producing a controller that “has higher precision and lower latency.”

  • Valve will be producing several controllers that “use a lot of biometric data” and “gaze tracking.”

  • Valve aren’t interested in including motion control support as Valve “can’t see how it makes games fundamentally better.”

  • In regards to Steam, Valve want to focus on user generated content, meaning that “anybody should be able to create a store, and it should be about extra entertainment value.”


Xi3 Piston Specifications:
  • 1 X Ethernet port
  • 4 X USB 2.0 ports
  • 4 X USB 3.0 ports
  • 4 X eSATAp ports
  • 1 X 1/8″ audio jack
  • 1 X SPDIF optical audio
  • 2 X Mini Display ports
  • 1 X full-sized HDMI output
  • 1TB of internal storage
  • Upgradable components, including CPU and RAM
  • 4 inch chassis

Will you be picking up one of the 15-20 different Steam Box models on offer? What would you like to see included? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter.

Facts and specs sourced from Gabe Newell and his interview with The Verge.

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