Valve developing own hardware, entirely separate from Xi3′s console revealed yesterday.
Yesterday we brought you word Valve’s much talked about ‘Steam Box’ was revealed at CES, in the guise of Xi3′s new mini-PC codenamed Piston. Well, it seems we and a host of other websites got it wrong as today new comments have emerged from Gabe Newell that quash the widely reported notion that this was Valve’s highly anticipated entry into the console market.
Instead the Seattle developer are still very much still working on designing, manufacturing and releasing their own console which has been codenamed ‘Bigfoot’.
“We’ll come out with our own [Steam Box] and we’ll sell it to consumers by ourselves. That’ll be a Linux box,” the head of Valve explained to The Verve.
“If you want to install Windows you can. We’re not going to make it hard. This is not some locked box by any stretch of the imagination.”
In the interview Gabe refers to multiple aspects of Valve’s Steam Box including the tease that the console’s controller has “a higher precision and lower latency” than existing peripherals, and that it may incorporate some kind of biometric functionality.
“Biometrics on the other hand is essentially adding more communication bandwidth between the game and the person playing it, especially in ways the player isn’t necessarily conscious of. Biometrics gives us more visibility. Also, gaze tracking. we think gaze tracking is gonna turn out to be super important,” he added.
The Verge has plenty more interesting titbits from Mr Newell care of an exclusive interview, and we strongly recommend you check it out.
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