Rumour – Steam Box prototype outed by Valve staffer

Sunday, 4th March 2012 22:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

According to an anonymous tipster, Valve staffer Greg Coomer has posted an image of a prototype “Steam Box“.

The source told Kotaku that Valve veteran Coomer is spearheading the Steam Box team, which is said to be “just 5-10 people” strong.

Everything else the source turned up is publicly available material; in October, Coomer tweeted a link to a Seattle Times article in which the possibility of Steam hardware is discussed along with several other topics.

Earlier in the month, Coomer mentioned that “building a mini-ITX form factor PC is hard” but gave no indication if he was referencing something official.

In early November, he posted an image of a finished mini-PC, with “i7 quad core, 8GB ram, Zotac Z-68 mobo w/ onnboard Nvidia mobile gfx” – matching specifications leaked to the Verge.

Neither Coomer nor Valve have given any indication that the developer’s tweets are anything but personal projects. Valve is yet to confirm or deny rumours of its move into hardware, which surfaced over the weekend.



  1. Talkar

    Isn’t this pretty much the same article?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    Whats long and green and smells like pork?

    Kermit the frogs fingers


    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus


    Come on Valve. Release the damn thing with good specs and i will kiss good bye to every console manufacturer out there, especially the one that makes crappy console for 599 US Dollars that is hitting it’s stride.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. HeavyD-Love

    I think at this point valve could sell a toaster with Half Life 3 and they would sell millions.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dark

    so wait , that mean valve going to release a console and abandoned their pc fanbase just like that? if so then all i can say is WoW.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @5, that means nothing.

    It means that they are going to have box for Console gamers, but they won’t stop STEAM support.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    Its a PC with a Steam logo. They are not going to try their hand with the console market. Valve themselves had said that Consoles aren’t the way to go. This may be just them seeing if they can sell a PC with their logo on it and as someone else had suggested with some games preinstalled.


    It won’t be with good specs. THis prototype is rumored to have a mobile GPU so that already puts a handicap on the system.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    I guess though, if you’re building games specifically for this PC hardware, you’ll gain some extra power, right? Personally, after my fucked up foray into PC gaming years ago, I’d love to see an easy solution, because I just don’t have the time to be fucking around with PC bullshit to get at the excellent library of PC games out there.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    “Its a PC with a Steam logo.”

    Same i can say for the Playstation or XBOX. Devices that are created by Sony or Microsoft are essentially PC’s with it’s own OS and business model.

    “It won’t be with good specs. THis prototype is rumored to have a mobile GPU so that already puts a handicap on the system.”

    If it’s true, than it’s not really great, but rumored 8GB of ram and i7 is pretty good so far.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight


    Read the article if you are going to believe one part because you like what you read but you ignore the part that says it uses Nvidia Mobile GPU.

    “Same i can say for the Playstation or XBOX. Devices that are created by Sony or Microsoft are essentially PC’s.”

    Yeah and they have its own modified system. Developers are already swamped with three high end systems, you actually believe steam has enough money to compete with MICROSOFT and SONY. Get real. As I said they are trying their hand at selling a PC just like Razor with their handheld device. THat is if this is believed to be true which I am skeptical because it is too coincidental that they put out an article stating they will sell hardware if need be and a week later a set top prototype gets leaked. Not like that picture is to be believed I can grab and put together the same pieces take a picture and call it Xbox 720.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Colin Gallacher

    Grain of salt people. Tweet from November 3rd 2011 from a member of Valve’s staff who built a Mini PC.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Kabby

    Not sure if this will/would take off but more competition in the market is a good thing.

    The biggest downside to this project is that by retaining the Steam catalogue; which it must to succeed, you saddle a low power console with a full copy of Windows. This is not only a slight technical burden but also a financial one.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. xxJPRACERxx

    I don’t think Valve would pay MS millions to sell a PC with a pre-installed version of Windows. So it will be probably a tweak version of Linux with a special version of WINE for 100% Direct X compatibility or a Steam/Valve OS (unlikely) or a version of Linux but it’s a game streaming machine and the reason for a mediocre GPU.

    #13 3 years ago

    Money down the drain.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Christopher Jack

    If they are going to use the Steam service to power it, it will have to have Windows, it won’t be a console in the same regards as Microsoft’s & Sony’s. I don’t believe they’ll be able to use any Direct X games without Windows & if they did, would it be legal? If anything It’ll be another Window’s PC, possibly modified to some extent, but with an emphasis on gaming.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    Gosh, that is just really really thin.

    He could just be building it for kicks, for all we know.

    If there are only 5-10 people touching it, then it obviously isn’t anything special. Probably just a PC with a Steam logo slapped onto it.


    I was hoping it was going to be something serious. If Valve were able to build the right infrastructure, they could beat everyone else to the cloud.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    Well, consoles are already heading towards hybridisation. If you look at the last three generations of consoles, you can see that they’re moving more and more towards being general multimedia devices that are also really good at playing games.

    The only thing missing is the open architecture of the PC. The thing that’s been unfairly denied to console gamers for a long time. I mean – installing mods, being able to play with configuration files, that sort of thing. Now, a truly hybridised console/PC could be the step forward everyone has been looking for.

    And if no one can fully say what a PC or a console is any more, then that’s all for the better, because the current state of things is ridiculous. (And allows for mindsets like the ‘PC Master Race,’ which irritate me greatly.)

    So, essentially… this could be very, very good. It has a lot of potential. All it takes is someone with the money and the influence to make the push, to get publishers and developers on board, to make this happen. Considering Valve’s market influence, and their ability to make killer apps. Well…

    Let’s be honest. Does anyone really have a killer app that could compete with Left 4 Dead 3 and Half-Life 3? I’m not really sure if even Halo could outdo that. That would make people want to jump on the Steam Box bandwagon. I mean, really… asking people to boycott Half-Life 3 would be a hundred times worse than asking them to boycott the next Call of Duty. It wouldn’t happen.

    So… Valve could run with this and take us all in a brave, new direction. This has the potential for a paradigm shift.


    Very interesting.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. TheWulf


    I’m sorry, but… how is a mini-PC with a Steam logo on it, marketed as a console with an open architecture not exciting?

    We must be from different worlds.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. TheWulf


    Am I actually seeing a Console Master Race attitude proliferating here, starting with PhoenixBlight and heading down from there, getting worse as it cascades?

    What the hell?

    Not cool, guys. Not cool.

    We’re not twelve year olds, seriously.

    Does it matter what we play on? Is fapping over a format more important than an interesting future?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. triggerhappy

    @wulf: Could you not just have put all that in ONE post…

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    @18 Because it’s still just a PC. You can just connect a TV and a gamepad to your tower and you’d have the exact same thing. Lots of people do.

    If that really is the extent of the product, then it isn’t going to change anything or compete with anyone.

    Really, building it in a micro tower just means you’ll need a new tower to upgrade it.

    As a novelty, sure, they’ll sell maybe a few thousand of those. But it could never ammount to a major launch.

    #21 3 years ago

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