Rumours have been circulating around for the past week especially about Valve developing their own game console, dubbed the “Steam Box”. Valve has come out to squash the rumours.
Marketing director Doug Lombardi told Kotaku that they are “building boxes” to test the Steam Big Picture Mode UI which is a new Steam interface that will be easy to use for people that hook up their PCs to TVs.
He also mentioned that Valve is experimenting with biometric feedback and “stuff like that” but “it’s a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware.”
Lombardi however didn’t say outright that Valve will not be developing hardware and when Kotaku noted this he replied, “What you’re saying is, there’s definitely nothing coming any time soon, nothing at GDC or E3, but what you’re not ruling out is the possibility that, hey, maybe some day Valve would make hardware, I think that’s accurate.”