Prototype Valve Steam Boxes Will Start Shipping Out in Under Four Months

By Sam Gibbs on at

The BBC managed to corner Gabe Newell at the Baftas, squeezing out of him that Valve's readying prototypes of the Steam Box to be sent out to customers for testing in the next three to four months.

According to Valve's big boss, engineers are still working out the kinks, mainly balancing power with heat and noise:

"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."

A tiny box is cool and all, but if it makes a right racket with the fans going full blast all the time, it'll be a bit crap -- we certainly don't want a repeat of the hairdryer Xbox. Anyway, Newell also talked up the rumoured bio-sensors in the controllers saying:

"... you need to actually be able to directly measure how aroused [scared] the player is -- what their heart rate is, things like that -- in order to offer them a new experience each time they play."

It sounds like Valve's looking to make the Steam Box a homerun in the first instance, which is a good sign. Everyone seems to be going nuts over the idea of the Steam Box, and considering the likes of the PS4 have just turned into a glorified PC -- a relatively underpowered one at that -- Valve really could have a decent shot at revolutionising the console market here. Let's just hope it's cheap. [BBC]