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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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    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]