Valve co-founder pronounces Steam Box prototypes almost ready to test

Valve co-founder pronounces Steam Box prototypes almost ready to test
Newell’s got that insider knowledge on the Steam Box


The Valve Steam Box can’t get here soon enough for many, but thankfully testing units will at least be ready within a few months time.

Speaking with the BBC before the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Games Awards, Steam Co-Founder Gabe Newell revealed that prototypes for the hardware should arrive in the next three to four months.

“We’re working with partners trying to nail down how fast we can make it,” Newell said.

Some Steam customers, he said, will receive units so the company can gauge their reactions, meaning a lucky few should get their mitts on a Box before long.

Work in progress

According to Newell, noise and heat issues are endemic in a device that’s aiming to bring a powerful gaming experience.

There’s still work to be done on finalizing the console’s controller, he said, especially has Steam explores using sensors that measure the body states of gamers.

“If you think of a game like Left For Dead – which was trying to put you into a sort of horror movie – if you don’t change the experience of what the player is actually feeling then it stops being a horror game,” Newell told the BBC.

“So you need to actually be able to directly measure how aroused the player is – what their heart rate is, things like that – in order to offer them a new experience each time they play.”

We’ll reserve final judgment until consoles start streaming to customers, but so far, the venture sounds more than promising.


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