Valve to distribute Steam Box prototypes in 'next three to four months'

Valve will be giving out prototypes of its "Steam Box" PC hardware to customers to "gauge their reactions" in the coming months, co-founder Gabe Newell tells the BBC, adding that certain engineering decisions are still being finalized.

Newell says Valve is working with partners to "nail down how fast we can make" the hardware, explaining that balancing power with noise and heat output is part of the ongoing challenge. Valve already has one announced partner developing Steam-optimized hardware, mini PC manufacturer Xi3.

According to Newell, the Steam Box's controller is also still being finalized, with Valve continuing to explore biometric sensors for additional inputs.

Valve has long discussed using biometrics to tailor game experiences for players, explaining to the BBC that in a horror action game like Left 4 Dead, directly measuring "how aroused the player is" based on heart rate can offer players "a new experience each time they play."

The BBC's report intimates that it's Valve's controller that is holding up its hardware efforts.

Newell detailed some of Valve's plans for its long-rumored Steam Box hardware at this year's CES, telling The Verge, "We'll come out with our own and we'll sell it to consumers by ourselves."

More from Polygon

The horror of Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Overview

  • Spacecom: a fast 4X built for multiplayer

  • Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker