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Valve’s Steam Box will not be formally announced in 2013: engineer clarifies issue

Wednesday, 9 January 2013 09:49 GMT By Dave Cook

Valve founder Gabe Newell officially announced that the company’s PC console – dubbed internally at the studio as ‘Bigfoot’, and its handheld counterpart ‘Littlefoot’ – at CES. However, speculation that it will be formally announced at GDC is wide of the mark, a Valve engineer has confirmed.

First, if you mist last-night’s megaton announcement, you can get a complete overview of what the game-changing console will involve here.

Speaking with Engadget, Valve engineer Ben Krasnow clarified that at no point has the company stated a 2013 announcement date for the hardware. It comes as German site Golem.de states that he announced a 2013 date

“With regards to the Steam Box news,” he said, “there has been a lot of things that we are working on getting Steam into the living room, and are planning for a hardware box, but we have no current plans to announce anything in 2013.”

The Steam Box is not to be confused with the joint Valve and Xi3 PC announced at CES.

Next, check out Pat’s blog on why Steam Box will change the games industry and tell us your thoughts in the comment box. We want to hear from you on this one, seriously.

Thanks CVG.

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16 Comments

  1. Diingo

    This is a HUGE shift in the paradigm of gaming. If this turns out to be a success one of the 4 console makers are going to be bumped off, and I think it’s gonna be between Nintendo & Sony surviving with their 8th gen console.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gadzooks!

    The extra competitor in the marketplace might force out a weak player like Sony, but it won’t really change anything that wasn’t already on the cards.

    whatever impact steambox will have will not surface until the gen-after-next, possibly 8 years away.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    No, I must have mist it.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. RandomTiger

    Boooo, I wanted a four horse race. I need the box for 2014.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. karma

    As an ex PC, current 360 gamer, I feel MS haven’t done anything to push gaming this past 2-3 years, not since they first played the “We cater to hardcore gamers card” back last gen with the release of the original Xbox, which imo back then, did show a lot of promise. Since then its gone down hill with early faulty hardware (that should have been sorted out a lot sooner than it was), “I want a piece of that casual pie” backwards ideas like kinect and pointless avatars, the increasing number of in your face dashboard ads, not allowing publishers to set their own prices / sales etc, a system so closed that you cant access cool community made content like all the awesome Skyrim mods that I haven’t been able to download, and the ultimate slap in the face; forcing gamers to pay additional fees to play their games online. So yeah, i’ve been ready to jump ship for a while now, just been waiting for the right company to get behind.
    So what Valve is describing is genuinely appealing. Ultimately it comes down to the price point though. If they can give me everything I want and keep the box around the same price as next gen competitors, then i’ll be first in line to pick one up.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. hitnrun

    @5: Agreed in full. The only difference was for me was that I never had an original Xbox and first picked up a 360. I had a blast going through their back catalog and the first few years of the 360 were great. They really had the system for that wide swath of gamers between Nintendo’s novelty and the $600 George Foreman grill.

    Then everything started going downhill from the “NXE” update. They stopped pursuing big “gamer’s game” titles and started focusing on chasing the Wii market. It’s been obvious since then that what’s eating at MS and is driving all their decisions is their jealousy of Nintendo.

    As it stands I’ve gone back to PC gaming over the past couple of years. I’m interested to see what Sony comes up with, but if they don’t improve the PS3 experience I’m not likely to buy anything. I certainly don’t expect to buy a 720. They’re basically advertising how bad it’s going to be. MS’s ads, fees, lack of bargains and constant reaching for your wallet was just about tolerable when they had a gamer’s system, but as a casual-focused gimmick box there’s really nothing for me there.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    All the fanboy angst kinda reminds me of the gun debate. You’ll have to wrest my pad/dualshock from my cold dead hands, Valve!

    As I see it, it pretty much straddles the fence. By the sound of it, it’s just as likely to bring a PC gamer to the TV as it is to bring a PC to the console gamers TV.

    Unlike console manufacturers of late, they seem to have their eyes on the ball. Controls, performance, design, delivery. None of that ever really mattered to the guys on the market right now, certainly never all of those at any one time.

    I’m intrigued by the idea, and while I’m not much of a console gamer, I’d definitely be interested in an effective, compact and cost efficient living room PC console.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    i am not that sure about the steambox don’t like being stuck to a client to play games. the constant online drm crap dont make things better.. nice prices for some of the steam deals but that is all. with all that said i am still interested in the steambox. but more interested in see how open it will be and how easy hackable it will be.. a locked drm infested pc system i have no interest in..

    the ps3 experience have been great so far no fees to pay to play online, no ads in your face or cluttered dashboard. it is just clean, simple and focused on games. the games have been awesome, many of them exlusive too. the ps+ is a fantastic deal, you get a lot of free games with that for just paying for one. 2013 are gonna be yet another fantastic gaming year for the ps3, no doubt.

    there are gonna be many option nextgen, but for me i am waiting for the ps4 the most to see what that have to offer..

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    @8
    I agree about ps3. Valve needs to do something special to pull me out of the ecosystem. I assume same thing for many xbox owners too.
    Although definitely looking forward to more competition.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Eddie Rodrigues

    @9 Valve is a well known company, so it won’t be like OnLive or (an example of my country) Zeeboo, which tried to use Steam’s system into the console world and didn’t get attention since big names like Sony and MS were already selling tons of hardware.

    So one thing is certain: Gabe’s living room PC/console might make those big names re-think their strategies.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    @10
    Look man, I am just skeptical. Although as I stated, I am more than happy for any competition. If valve can force sony and ms to reduce online prices, then I will be very happy.
    Just to add, I think sony is in a much better position to match valve in terms of mmos because of SOE. I am sure ps4 will feature Planetside 2 and other SOE gamess.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Eddie Rodrigues

    @11 Yes I completely agree. I didn’t mean to devalue your previous statement at all, I wanted to compare the loss of previous companies and confirm that Valve will be a certain competitor due to their well known franchises and marketing. Although I might not believe Sony or MS would downgrade the prices since their consoles might be cheaper and this can be a trick into bringing more people to their consoles while they still make money out of digital releases… And I’d totally like to see SOE titles on Sony consoles, be it PS4 or PS3, this would catch the eye of many players

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Kabby

    You need exclusives to float a new console boat.

    Someone should write an article on possible Steambox exclusives. All hype no facts.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Maximum Payne

    So will that steam box run any game that is on steam or games would need to be ported ?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @13 Really? I stuck with Xbox for quite a while because it was the best at running multiplats. I think it’s a mistake to see the Steambox as an attempt to outdo anyone currently on the market though.

    They’re not going for an equal slice, they’re looking to create their very own.

    @14 If you run it with Linux, then obviously there are a lot of problems right now. I’m thinking they’ll have to account for those problems quite extensively as they move ahead.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. psxman

    @3 I’m glad no one else mist that.

    #16 2 years ago

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    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]