Rumor: Valve Making Console Called Steam Box

Today is one of those days that you just wake up and read some weird things spreading across the internet. The word is out that Valve is working on a gaming console called the Steam Box. Additionally, there are suggestions that it could be revealed at this years GDC. Wait, how soon is that exactly? It’s only two days away at the time of this post as it lasts from March 5th to March 9th. So, the good news is that maybe a portion of this rumor will be put to rest sooner rather than later for those anxious gamers out there. But, if GDC falls through the rumor will then shift towards E3.

Oddly enough, there is actually quite a bit of supporting evidence that this may actually happen. However, it seems that this so called Steam Box will just be a custom PC similar to the Alienware X51. The specs are somewhat vague at the moment, but it is suppose to have an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a Nvidia GPU. It is also unclear if the PC will have its own Steam OS or if they will just stick with Windows, which is most likely the case. In addition, there’s a rumor that they already had a closed demo of the device at CES last January.

Continuing on, Valve has a patent for a controller that they filed last year:

So, Valve may also ship the “console” with their own controller as well. Why would Valve want to make a gaming console? Basically, the suggestions range from wanting to standardize what they feel is a decent PC to trying to compete with Apple. In addition, Valve may also be doing this to try and get more gamers to use Steam in their living room with their new Big Picture interface. While this rumor does sound rather far fetched there is some supporting evidence. Unfortunately, we will just have to wait and see what happens.