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Is it a Steam Box or biometric controller or something else entirely?


Rumors of a so called Steam Box have been flying high for a while now. Valve's Gabe Newell has talked about working on hardware prototypes, but that doesn't mean an actual Steam Box will ever see the light of day. Valve has, however, confirmed via job posting that it's currently developing hardware to "enhance game experiences."

According to the post for an electronics engineer on Valve's jobs page: "For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we're developing hardware to enhance those experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen. Join our highly motivated team that's doing hardware design, prototyping, testing, and production across a wide range of platforms. We're not talking about me-too mice and gamepads here - help us invent whole new gaming experiences."

One theory is that Valve could be working on a controller with Biometric feedback rather than an actual Steam Box, but there's no way of knowing for sure.

Newell told Penny-Arcade recently, "We're trying to get our-the experiments we've been doing in-you know we did a ton of work on biofeedback, on biometrics, and that'll, you know, from our point of view we were like 'okay, this is all sort of proven out' and we're just sort of scratching our heads trying to figure out the best way to get that hardware out to customers without something where we'd just say 'okay, this works.' it's not a question of whether or not this is going to be useful for customers, whether or not it's going to be useful for content developers, you know, it's figuring out the best way we can get these into people's hands."

GamesIndustry International has contacted Valve for comment but has not received a response
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Half Life 3 Box!

Seriously though, could be good or bad depending on whether they're developing a console or something else.

Are they big enough to create a console do you guys think?

and apparently Apple may be teaming up with Valve for this one

Millenium said:
Half Life 3 Box!

Seriously though, could be good or bad depending on whether they're developing a console or something else.

Are they big enough to create a console do you guys think?


They actually don't even need to be big enough. There are rumors suggesting that they will cooperate with Apple on this!

 

Edit: Looks like Bossman beat me to it.



Well that just put me off... (Yeah, I'm a anti-apple drone, sorry guyz)

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Please no, I want Half Life 3 onmy PC damnit, not exclusive to some console >:(

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I would so get it :)

zero129 said:
Please no, I want Half Life 3 onmy PC damnit, not exclusive to some console >:(


Well, just like Microsoft they would probably put it on both =) Anything else would be foolish.



Valve would have minor success with a console. They wouldn't have EA support and other publishers are going with their own digital distribution networks. Valve even with Apple's support would have a hard time beating Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony. Valve doesn't have the first party capabilities to support hardware and the competition is far to strong. Their is already OnLive and they will give Valve a run for their money.

I think Steam and Origin might both be available on WiiU so a Valve console is unlikely.Though if Apple wanted to enter the industry Valve would be a smart buy though personally if I was Apple I would go for EA or UbiSoft or Activision those would be massively expensive but it would be worth the investment.

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8th gen


Nintendo VS Sony VS Microsoft VS Valve VS Apple

It looks like its gonna be either good for the VG industry overall or it means there's gonna be a video game crash from too much competition!