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:
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:
As of January 2012, there are 40 million active user accounts on their Steam digital distribution platform.
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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