Valve building “Steam Box” hardware — rumor

Next week could be mighty interesting; Valve is rumored to be developing a “Steam Box” console, a set-top box using Steam and capable of running PC games. According to a report over at The Verge, the hardware could be developed by multiple manufacturers and can run other services like EA’s Origin. It’s expected to be revealed as early as next week at GDC, or at E3 in June.

It’s further noted that, unlike Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, developers wouldn’t have to pay Valve a fee to develop games for the platform. It’s also said to have configurable controllers and a sensor of some type that would incorporate a player’s biometric data to affect games, something founder Gabe Newell first talked about early last year.

A hand-built version of the hardware was apparently already shown off to potential partners at CES, with the standard configuration said include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a Nvidia GPU. The hardware would be updated every 3-4 years.

All in all, it’s certainly an unexpected rumor. But it is just that for now.