Valve shoots down Steambox rumors
But doesn’t rule one out in the future.
Valve half-denied, half-trolled when Kotaku inquired to Doug Lombardi if the rumors pertaining to Steambox is reality or a piece of the Portal cake. Lombardi said that while Valve is currently only prepping its Big Picture Mode UI (for it made ‘test boxes’ from which the rumors probably stemmed from), they are not ruling out possible hardware in the future.
“What you’re saying is, there’s definitely nothing coming any time soon, nothing at GDC or E3, but what you’re not ruling out is the possibility that, hey, maybe some day Valve would make hardware,” he said, “I think that’s accurate.”
“We’re prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we’re building boxes to test that on. 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.”
So, what about Greg Coomer, who had been tweeting about a PC fitted specifications matching the Steambox? Well, he was doing precisely that – making a PC, but to try the Big Picture mode.
“Greg’s one of the guys leading the effort of the Big Picture mode,” Lombardi said. “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 1 days, we built special boxes to test our software render… it’s just part of development.”