Featured Articles

Intel releases tiny 3G cell modem

Intel releases tiny 3G cell modem

Intel has released a 3G cellular modem with an integrated power amplifier that fits into a 300 mm2 footprint, claiming it…

More...
Braswell 14nm Atom slips to Q2 15

Braswell 14nm Atom slips to Q2 15

It's not all rosy in the house of Intel. It seems that upcoming Atom out-of-order cores might be giving this semiconductor…

More...
TSMC 16nm wafers coming in Q1 2015

TSMC 16nm wafers coming in Q1 2015

TSMC will start producing 16nm wafers in the first quarter of 2015. Sometime in the second quarter production should ramp up…

More...
Skylake-S LGA is 35W to 95W TDP part

Skylake-S LGA is 35W to 95W TDP part

Skylake-S is the ‘tock’ of the Haswell architecture and despite being delayed from the original plan, this desktop part is scheduled…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Monday, 05 March 2012 09:17

Steam Box could be more than just rumor

Written by David Stellmack

steam

Said to be a unified console standard by Valve

While Valve has said that it does not want to get directly into the hardware business unless it has to, that might not be the entire situation. Rumors indicate that Valve is hard at work developing a Steam Box, which is a Steam platform for a unified console.

While this approach has been tried before with one company developing the software and then licensing the hardware technology, it has only been semi-successful in the past. It is believed, however, that Valve is looking for hardware partners to take the Steam Box design and market it as a total solution. If the whispers we hear are correct, Alienware already has a Steam Box which it is calling the X51; this will offer the Valve software once it is available.

The box is said to be based around the Intel i7 processor with Nvidia graphics and 8GB of RAM. It will run any PC title and support additional digital distribution services like Origin from EA. Once in place, it will run any PC title.

Expect an official announcement at either GDC or E3 when Valve will tell us more. Right now, it is interesting but hard to say what the market really is for such a device and what kind of adoption rate it could really attract. Stay tuned and see where this goes; it could really get PC gaming moving in the right direction to more developers and help create more titles if successful.


blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments