Valve Might Announce the Steam Box Next Week, But Should They?

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Valve Steam Box Announcement Next Week

For what seems like years now, gamers have been hearing rumors with regards to Valve‘s foray into the console space. Some say it will be a straightforward console, while others claim it will a device for streaming PC games straight to the TV, but no one really knows.

Whatever it is, we may soon know more about it, as analysts claim Steam Box news may be right around the corner. In fact, some analysts suggest Valve is ready to unveil the device/console/PC peripheral next week.

This news comes hot off the heels of Gabe Newell’s keynote for LinuxCon 2013, in which he praised the open source nature of the Linux platform. Newell revealed that his admiration for Linux is what prompted his company to think about their own open-source device. This, of course, prompted speculation that Valve is ready to announce the Steam Box.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumblings of a Steam Box announcement. Last year, it seemed all but confirmed that Valve would roll out the Steam Box as a competitor to the Ouya, Nvidia Shield, and many of the other self-contained “consoles” out there, but alas nothing became of those rumors.

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In addition to talk about the box, there have also been reports that Valve is looking to take a new approach to controllers with biometrics and a feature that tracks the player’s eye line. And, on a more basic level, the controller is said to include mix-and-match components, so that developers are not hindered by one particular controller design.

The concept of a console developed by Valve and featuring Steam as its main platform is certainly exciting, but one has to wonder if now is the right time to make this announcement? Both Sony and Microsoft are battling it out with the PS4 and Xbox One, leaving little room for anything else.

That said, this could also be the perfect time for Valve to make the Steam Box announcement, since there are likely a lot of gamers looking at the price tags for the PS4 and Xbox One and knowing their bank account can’t support such a purchase. If the Steam Box price was right, however, that might be enough.

Regardless of the evidence, though, when it comes to Valve and announcements it’s best to hold off any and all enthusiasm until they are official. We’d rather pretend like things don’t exist and be surprised by them, then be stuck in Half-Life 3 limbo.

Do you think Valve is ready to announce the Steam Box? Would you choose it over an Xbox One or PS4?

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Source: Micah John – YouTube

TAGS: PC, Steam, Valve

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  1. It depends on what the heck the product really is. If they manage to make an awesome PC for a cheap price it might interest people that cannot build computers, even though it has become almost foolproof to DYI. Maybe they will tie some game licenses into the purchase of the unit? I’m almost willing to bet that’s part of their plan. Given how cheap those licenses can come, they might include a large number of them.

    I built a gaming PC over the summer and have fallen in love with steam. Among steam sales, gamestop digital (they sale steam codes), and Humble Bundle I’ve racked up over $1,000 worth of games for less than $200.

  2. It is such a hard market they are going for. A console gamer who wants the “superiority” of a PC but wants to pay a sub console price. As it is you can already build or buy a mid level PC for less than next gen prices that will not reach the performance of a high level PC or offer the stability of a console. Above mid and high end PC users have no use for it unless the form factor and performance are so good they are willing to buy a gadget for convenience. As Apple stock is taking a beating I don’t see how the time is right for that. Unless Gabe and his associates are willing to eat the cost up front to just get it out there is not a chance. It has to be 300 bucks or it is DOA.

  3. If its priced well and it comes preloaded with say 2 of the 3s in development limbo. Those being Left 4 Dead 3, Half-Life 3, and Portal 3…..all either exclusive to the console or say a year timed exclusive .,….I’m sure it will get people to buy it.

    • Exclusive to the console would be awful and I imagine that many people, including myself, would hate that. Timed exclusive, say a month or so, would be okay.

  4. They should freaking announce Half Life 3 next week

  5. Judging from the lackluster library and support of games on Steam for Linux, I dont even understand why they would consider sinking money into this…

    • Linux, hahahaha…

  6. ok I would buy it IF THEY RELEASE PORTAL 3 AND HALF LIFE 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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