Valve has denied that it’s working on a ‘Steam Box’ console.
Last week, The Verge stated that Valve was working with several manufacturers on hardware that would bring Steam to living rooms. The Verge’s supposed sources claimed the hardware was so good, “You won’t ever look back.”
Corroborating the story was a tweet by Valve’s Greg Coomer showing a PC and a list of configurations.
However, Valve’s marketing director Doug Lombardi told Kotaku at GDC that the hardware was nothing more a test unit for Steam’s new TV User Interface, called Steam Big Picture Mode.
“We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we're building boxes to test that on,” said Lombardi. “We're also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we've talked about a fair amount.
“All of that is stuff that we're working on, but it's a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware.”
Nonetheless, Valve has not ruled out expanding into the console market into the future.
“Whether we're talking about Valve making hardware or partnering with others, nothing like that is happening any time soon,” finished Lombardi.