We could see the new platform next week.
According to some sources from 'The Verge', Valve could be working on a 'Steam Box', with standard PC components and no licensing fees.
According to a report from The Verge, Valve -best known for their Steam digital distribution platform for PC and the Half-Life series- could be working on a new gaming console, called 'Steam Box'. The new platform could be revealed at this year GDC, which will take place next week.
Apparently, this will also be able to run any standard PC titles, and it's basic specs are just like a normal PC:According to sources, the company has been working on a hardware spec and associated software which would make up the backbone of a "Steam Box." The actual devices may be made by a variety of partners, and the software would be readily available to any company that wants to get in the game.
Part of the goal of establishing a baseline for hardware, we're told, is that it will give developers a clear lifecycle for their products, with changes possibly coming every three to four years. Additionally, there won't be a required devkit, and there will be no licensing fees to create software for the platform.
Most likely, they are partnering up with a PC hardware developer, but other details are unknown. Also, they are working on a variety of USB peripherals, including a controller:We're told that the basic specs of the Steam Box include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU.
As of January 2012, there are 40 million active user accounts on their Steam digital distribution platform.Valve is also allegedly developing an array of USB accessories, including a controller with modular control schemes like Mad Catz's MLG Pro Circuit Controller, and biometric sensors that change in-game elements to match your behavior.
If true, these could be very big news for gaming in general. We will know for sure at GDC next week.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Exclusive Valve Steam Box gaming console (via) TheVerge
NEWS SOURCE #2: Report Valve developing Steam Box console (via) IGN
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