The Steambox Prototype Could be Coming this Summer

-Eric Lee Lewis

According to a post at BBC after interviewing Gabe Newell before the BAFTAs, we could be seeing a prototype version of the Steambox this summer. 

In normal Valve fashion, they are trying to cover all of their bases before releasing the box to the general public. Before consumers will see the box, Gabe stated that they want to make sure that speed is optimal and that the box will not overheat. On top of that, they want to make sure that the box gives gamers a brand new experience. 

Below are a few quotes:

“We’re working with partners trying to nail down how fast we can make it. We’ll be giving out some prototypes to customers to gauge their reactions, I guess, in the next three to four months.

There are noise issues and heat issues and being able to [deal with] that while still offering a powerful enough gaming experience is the challenge in building it.”

“If you think of a game like Left 4 Dead—which was trying to put you into a sort of horror movie—if you don’t change the experience of what the player is actually feeling then it stops being a horror game.

So you need to actually be able to directly measure how aroused the player is—what their heart rate is, things like that—in order to offer them a new experience each time they play.”