Steam Box Rumours Have Lost Steam

Valve puts those console rumours to bed.

There have been some rumours going about that Half-Life publisher Valve was going to take their extremely successful Steam client and put it in a convenient lil’ box that you can hook up to your TV.

A Steam box that would compete with the big 3 — PlayStation, Xbox and Wii.

Fans were getting excited and threw around all sorts of possibilities. And now they’re all smushed.

Stephen Totilo of Kotaku asked Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi if there’s any truth to the rumours. Lombardi explained that they were using new hardware to test out their new Steam Big Picture Mode UI, which will allow folks to easily run Steam on PCs hooked up to televisions. However, he didn’t flat out say that they weren’t working on a console. In fact, he pretty much said in the Kotaku interview that while there’s nothing on the horizon, he wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of Valve creating their own hardware.

I’m wondering if making their own console would make sense to them. Would they really benefit from throwing their hat into the console arena? What, exactly, would Steam Box bring to the table that one wouldn’t be able to get from the three other consoles currently on the market?

I suppose these were the same thoughts running through people’s minds when Microsoft announced that they were going to make their own consoles, and look at ’em now! So who knows?

Source: Shooting Down Rumors, Valve Says They’re Not Making a Game Console Any Time Soon, [Kotaku]

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