March 5th, 2012
Rumors are swirling this week (literally swirling, I tell ya!) that Valve will soon begin licensing "Steam Boxes" to hardware partners, such as Alienware, to bring the popular Steam service beyond the desktop.
"According to sources, the Valve has been working on a hardware spec and associated software which would make up the backbone of a 'Steam Box,'" reports The Verge. "The actual devices may be made by a variety of partners, and the software would be readily available to any company that wants to get in the game," including the new Alienware X51, the report adds, "which will be retroactively upgradable to the software."
The report follows in the wake of Valve already filing a gamepad patent to power the new set top box, not to mention Steam's already released "Big Picture" mode, which is ideal for browsing your game library during lean-back situations, like in the living room on really big TVs.
Why now? It's not necessarily to combat consoles, the Verge reports. It's to beat Apple TV to the digital gaming in the living room punch. An official announcement is expected as early as this week; no later than June during E3.
What do you think of the "news"?
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