A post on BBC’s technology blog reports that Valve is preparing to release prototypes of its long-awaited Steambox gaming PC/console-thing this summer. The news comes by way of Valve boss Gabe Newell, who spoke with the BBC before the BAFTA Games Awards. Apparently, speed, heat, and noise are some of the big issues they’re looking to tackle before letting the rest of the world see what they’ve been cooking up:
“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.”
Newell also talked a bit about the way Valve is looking to biometrics in terms of offering new playing experiences to gamers…and it actually sounds pretty awesome:
“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.”
Pretty cool! I’m excited to hear that Valve is actually saying something relatively concrete about what they might be releasing—it’s a nice change from the usual silent treatment fans get regarding their various projects. I’m interested…what do you think about all this? What are the must-have features and pricing that you think you’d like to see out of the Steambox when it’s eventually unveiled?