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Gabe Newell says Valve is still trying to finalise specs of the upcoming machine, but there's still no news on anything to do with Half-Life 3.
Valve's upcoming Steam Box will see prototype models in the next "three to four months," according to company boss Gabe Newell.
"We're working with partners trying to nail down exactly how fast we can make it," Newell said to the BBC before last night's BAFTA awards. "We're also working hard on the input side to try to take a step forward in terms of the kinds of games you can play. So very much on the development side, and we'll be giving out some prototypes to customers to get their reactions, I guess, in the next three to four months."
Newell added that the machine's biggest challenges are noise and heat but that most gamers already understand the concept behind the device. "I think your average gamer has a pretty good idea of what it'd be like," he said. "The openness and flexibility of the PC, yet done in a way that makes it work well in a living room, so there are noise issues and heat issues. Being able to do that while still offering a powerful enough gaming experience is the challenge in building it."
Steam Box prototypes would come with a few different controllers so Valve could gauge how its users would be using the equipment; the company is looking into biometric sensors as a way of monitoring players, for instance. Left 4 Dead was used as an example of how understanding heart rates could make a more effective horror game.
"You need to actually be able to directly measure how aroused the player is--what their heart rate is, things like that--in order to continue to offer them a new experience each time they play," he said.
Valve's biometrics work will be seen away from the Steam Box, too. "You'll see [biometrics] outside of Steam Box as well; we're working with general PC controller manufacturers."
No details about price were mentioned. Earlier this year PC manufacturer Xi3 unveiled its own unofficial Steam Box, code-named the Piston.
While Newell wouldn't mention anything along the lines of Half-Life 3, he did briefly ruminate on how the games industry is heading towards PC-style development. "The nice thing is all the consoles are moving in the direction of PCs," he said.
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I love Mr. Gabe Newell. So I don't know if it's his seriously goofy photo or the fact that Valve wants to "directly measure our arousal" or a combination of both, but while I was reading the article above, I kept glancing at the calendar to make sure it's not April Fool's Day.
don't know why i just don't like this guy xD even though i'm a pc gamer ¬.¬ and as the person before me said learn to count to 3 damn it!
"be able to directly measure how aroused the player is" hmmmmmm saints row character with big melons oh yea
Beware MS and Sony. Hopefully they step it up and counter the steambox with the only real weapon they have: good exclusives. But i'm afraid in the end it all will come down to who spends the most on marketing.
I don't know, I'm actually looking forward to this thing. Especially with the disappointing news that seems to be coming out of Microsoft and Sony's next gen platforms. Only time will tell but the idea does have premise. I'm always all for innovations that bridge the gap between PC and living room (TV) gaming.
Newell, shut up about the Steam Box already! I think its a big mistake to keep talking about the Steam Box well before you guys are ready to release it out onto the market. Right now Newell you are doing so much talking that by the time the Steam Box is completed people will have loss interest. Wait until the Steam Box is close to completion then begin awing people with it
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@Bl4KD37H I think the idea is a combo of DDL/Streaming (Though, LOCAL streaming). Can't remember which article it was, but Gabe was talking about how "cloud streaming" introduced unnecessary lag/network cost, and that people should be able to stream locally running games from their PC to the Steam Box.
Ah, here it is.
Anyway, I'll see what it does and how it goes.
So that's why they didn't make HL3 yet, it will come packed with an Alyx inflatable doll- I mean, biometric arousal sensor controller...
I dont want any systems Measuring my heart rate etc. its a little too Big Brotherish for my tastes. Will it measure if I scratch my nuts
@tommy_boy9999 Yeah, kinda was thinking "That's the info you run (And pay) studies for, don't pester me for all that crap".
Gabe wants to directly measure how "aroused" I am? This I am looking forward to. Will we meet in person or....
I love this in the news above;
'You need to actually be able to directly measure how aroused the player is'
Any interestingly shaped peripherals? m....? any1?
@sieg6529 - There has to be a need and as far as I can see there is no innovation for people to say 'mmmmm I want it!', what you will find them saying is 'no thanks I've got it'
@sieg6529 It's for gamers who were former console owners and want to enter in PC gaming . No one is stealing your rig from you dude . Their target is different kind of audience and that's better for PC gaming revenue and future in long term .
@Cloud_imperium stealing my PC rig? What the hell are you talking about? My point, which you seemed to have missed in your desire to post your own comment, is simply that I won't be buying it. Period. That's it. Finito.
@sieg6529 - Good point dude!
I'm tempted to say 'what's the point?' Just looks like the biggest waste of time and money ever! All the menagerie of components and the PC gaming industry still trying to have a baseline specification that will run any game... Good luck with that... For accessibility it's never going to compete well with the big boys, they should get on board with the nextgen of consoles coming out and continue on that route, I don't want yet another box, I want one box of delights that does it all!!!!
@Dougsmoog turkish delight?
The different tiers of boxes does sound interesting however for me it's got to take something special like how Apple cornered the market out of the blue with the iPhone etc... Sony and Microsoft totally took gaming to the next level. Don't get me wrong I have a lot of respect for the guys working hard and brining new innovations to the market thats what its all about but I don't see any earth shattering innovation here for console gamers to consider making the move to this new platform. I think steam has about 50 million subscribers worldwide which is a huge achievement in anyones book and I'm sure there's lots of money to be made but success doesn't necessarily follow. Don't mind me I'm still bitter over Aliens Colonial Marines....
@Dougsmoog The Steam service is a big part of attracting console gamers. It's a revolution in PC game delivery and management. It's got the amazing deals, a huge library of indie titles, and an even bigger library of AAA titles from the biggest publishers.
Games may continue to be cheaper on PC than console, they may not. If they do then price of games is a big advantage.
I can't think of much else. They don't have the exclusives that consoles have yet. Their community stuff is good, but I'm not sure how competitive it is with XBL and PSN. It will be interesting to see the configurations and to hear their pitch for each box announced.
@N0tYrBeezin @Hvac0120 Halo Wars, LotR Battle for Middle Earth... Aren't these RTS titles? Maybe referred to as "tower defense?"
A few MMOs have found audiences on consoles, such as Final Fantasy XI or DC Universe Online.
With the new controllers and systems we may see less genre exclusivity between PC and console. You are right hat majority are on PC, but mainly due to controls.
@Hvac0120 All RTS and most MMOs are PC exclusive although not outright declared but they are exclusive in practice.
@Dougsmoog the Steam Box doesn't need to compete with the big boys of the PC world. Nor does it have to run all games on Ultra high settings. It just has to be able to run all the games.
It does make you wonder what the components will be. I think there will be different tiers of Steam Boxes; some more powerful than others. On the low end your probably looking at an AMD APU configuration and on the high an Intel Core i5/7 with a dedicated Nvidia card (GeForce GTX 660?)
@Dougsmoog Valve is in gaming industry more longer than you can imagine . Guys like you and me can only post comments , they have been in the industry for way too long . They probably understand this stuff better than us .
Wonder if they intend to make it a Linux-based console or if they'll work something out with Microsoft so it can play Windows games.
Using Windows sounds like it would substantially add on to the cost of the console, but otherwise its library of playable games is going to be very limited, at least when it launches.
@Cloud_imperium you gotta better chance at seein a monkey f@$# a coconut
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