Valve to offer Steam Box prototypes in next four months


by CBR Staff Writer| 06 March 2013

Valve's Steam platform has more than 50 million registered accounts.

Video game company, Valve, is expecting to offer prototype models of its Steam Box games console to customers within the next four months.

Valve chief executive, Gabe Newell told BBC, "We're working with partners trying to nail down how fast we can make it."

"We'll be giving out some prototypes to customers to gauge their reactions, I guess, in the next three to four months," Newell said.

"There are noise issues and heat issues and being able to [deal with] that while still offering a powerful enough gaming experience is the challenge in building it."

Valve's new Steam Box hardware will allow users to easily access the service through living room televisions.

Newell added that the company has to still finalise how the console's controller would work as it continues to explore the possibility of including sensors to measure the gamers' body states.

The new hardware is designed to compete with Nintendo's Wii U, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's next Xbox.

Valve's Steam platform has more than 50 million registered accounts with software for Linux, Windows and Mac operating systems (OSs).

Last month, Valve released the Linux OS version of its Steam gaming software which is playable on the Ubuntu version.

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