Confirming to us all that the rumors of a Valve console were just that: rumors. Speaking to Kotaku, Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi deflected the wild speculation of a Valve gaming console by stating that it was erroneously linked to prototype hardware being made for their Big Picture UI:
“We’re prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we’re building boxes to test that on,” Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi said, referring to a new Steam interface that will make the online gaming service easily useable for people who want to play Steam games on a PC that’s connected to their TV. “We’re also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we’ve talked about a fair amount.
That being said, the very idea of a Valve console is far-fetched given the hardware requirements and market potential that a PC-based console would require. In this case, a hardware box (like the Big Picture UI) designed to stream video feeds from your PC to your TV would be more feasible, similar to OnLive’s model. Those that still want a dedicated PC-based Valve console however, shouldn’t hold their breath; if previous attempts at introducing such a device are to be used as an indicator, Valve has one steep hill to climb.