Steam Box Prototype Goes Beta (Soon)
The Steam Box set-top gaming console and media machine is one of the most exciting things to hit the electronics world in years (or it will be when it actually does). Rumors have swirled for years about the illusive little box manufactured specifically for Valve’s online content delivery system. And now gamers and media mavens alike have reason to rejoice. Engadget reports that Valve will start shipping Steam Box prototypes to select users in just 3 to 4 months.
Steam Box has been called “valves living room-friendly PC gaming initiative” and that’s about as concise a description as the company could hope for. The machine is designed to stream games and content to the tiny little box that’s nestled snuggly at the base of your TV. It’s designed to be ultimately user-friendly and will – if Valve delivers on it’s promise – revolutionize gaming forever.
Steam Box Details Emerge
So what set’s Valve’s little gaming console apart from the big boys? It will be available in multiple price points – dollar amounts associated with performance levels. It will also use some sort of biometrics – the controller and/or other input devices will “be able to directly measure how aroused the player is — what their heart rate is, things like that — in order to offer them a new experience each time they play.”
Steam Box will also feature living room esthetics, according to Valve’s hardware engineer Jeff Keyzer. “[Steam Boxes] they don’t look totally out of place in a living room.” And design is important. The whole point of this console is to bring the Valve experience out of the bedroom/dungeon and take on the big boys in gaming like the next-gen Xbox.
There are still a number of huge variables that haven’t been nailed down – including the final design of the controller. However, this limited release in 3 months’ time is designed to be a sort of beta testing during which users will fondle, fall in love with, and critique the Steam Box variants so when these puppies go retail everything falls into place.
As it is, this beta release is about a year behind expectations – which just goes to show how many hurdles Valve really did have to overcome.
Info and Image Source: Engadget