Valve’s chief executive Gabe Newell revealed in an interview with the BBC ahead of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Games Awards. That Valve is hoping to start sending out prototypes of its new Valve Steam box gaming hardware to Steam users within the next 3-4 months.
Specifications for the new Valve Steam Box are still under wraps at the moment as its being developed but Newell did indicate that Valve is still playing with the possibility to include sensors within the games console controller to track users reactions as they play games.
Valve’s Gabe Newell explained to the BBC a little more about the development of their new Valve Steam Box which they hope will revolutionise the gaming industry:
“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.”
Discussing the Valve Steam Box controller and its sensors Newell explained:
“If you think of a game like Left For 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,” Mr Newell explained.
“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.”
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet for the new Valve Steam Box, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.