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Is Valve working on a Steam Box games console?

A console from the creators of Portal, Half Life, Team Fortress 2 and Counter Strike? We wouldn't say no to that…

The interwebs are once again awash with rumours that Valve, the game developer behind titles such as Portal and Half Life, is working on its own console hardware.

We previously reported on Valve’s willingness to enter the hardware market if they thought it was necessary, and now The Verge reports that the games developer is planning to load its online games distribution service Steam on a host of hardware devices, similar to Google’s Android OS.

According to The Verge’s sources, Valve is working on a hardware specification for its ‘Steam Box’ – and the Alienware X51 might have been designed as an early, upgradeable version of the system itself.

Valve has also toyed in the past with the idea of configurable controllers and biometrics, opening up a world of possibilities, each one more drool-inducing than the last – in our imaginations at least.

News of Valve moving into the hardware market with a Steam Box, together with yesterday’s screenshots showing off the graphical capability of the next-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 consoles, points to some very exiting times for gamers up ahead…

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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