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    Default Valve readies prototype Steam Box video game console..testing in 4 months.

    Valve readies prototype Steam Box video game console

    Gabe Newell: "The main thing that's holding us up... we have a couple of different controllers prototypes we're using"
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    Valve expects to offer prototypes of its upcoming video games console for testing within four months time.

    The firm's chief executive Gabe Newell revealed the news to the BBC ahead of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Games Awards.

    Valve's online PC games store Steam has already proven highly popular and analysts suggest the console, called Steam Box, could have a big impact.

    Mr Newell is being honoured with an Academy Fellowship at the event.

    He was less forthcoming about whether his firm was actively working on new sequels to its hit science fiction franchises Half Life and Portal.

    Portal 2 - a puzzle based game involving a prisoner trying to escape test chambers controlled by a homicidal computer - won best game and two other awards at last year's Baftas.

    Steam Box
    Valve's Steam platform - which promotes titles by other developers as well as its own - has over 50 million registered accounts with software for the Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

    Its upcoming Steam Box hardware is designed to make it easy to access the service via living room televisions posing a challenge to Nintendo's Wii U, the upcoming Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's next Xbox.

    "We're working with partners trying to nail down how fast we can make it," Mr Newell told the BBC.

    "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."

    He added that his company had still to finalise how the console's controller would work as it continued to explore the possibility of including sensors to measure the gamers' body states.

    "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."

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    Portal 2 has won several awards including three prizes at last year's Baftas
    One industry analyst said Valve's effort to transform itself from a games creator to an online marketplace was impressive, but added that it was still too soon to know if the Steam Box would be a success.

    "I don't have any doubt they will put forth an impressive machine and it's pretty clear that at launch they will have a significant games catalogue," said Lewis Ward from IDC.

    "But the surrounding app ecosystem is unlikely to match other consoles which have Netflix, video conferencing tie-ins and other non-gaming aspects.

    "And we still don't know the price - Valve will be unable to subsidise its console in the same way the other manufacturers do, so that remains a

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    "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."
    Looks like Valve is taking gaming to a whole new level! lol *waits for KPhantom refs*
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    It would be very cool if you could use the same games that you bought on the PC.

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    My only question is how expensive it is going to be and how good the performance will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quamin View Post
    Looks like Valve is taking gaming to a whole new level! lol *waits for KPhantom refs*
    I don't think a game has ever made me "aroused" before. I mean the threesome scene God of War was pretty arousing, I almost broke the Circle button on that level... "Square, triangle, circle, triangle, CIRCLE CIRCLE CIRCLE CIRCLE CIRCLE, pause button.

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    If this all goes as planned, I think it'll be my next console.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juneau View Post
    If this all goes as planned, I think it'll be my next console.
    We can maybe lobby Valve so you can get the prototype

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenfooler View Post
    We can maybe lobby Valve so you can get the prototype
    Hehe. I would love that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juneau View Post
    Hehe. I would love that!
    What's so special about you? It's not like you play video games anymore. Lobby so someone like me who is awesome can get it. It would benefit everyone.

    I'll let you come on over and fiddle with the joystick if it does happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K PhaNTOM View Post
    What's so special about you? It's not like you play video games anymore. Lobby so someone like me who is awesome can get it. It would benefit everyone.

    I'll let you come on over and fiddle with the joystick if it does happen.
    I would make sure you make sure you clean that joystick before you touch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K PhaNTOM View Post
    I don't think a game has ever made me "aroused" before. I mean the threesome scene God of War was pretty arousing, I almost broke the Circle button on that level... "Square, triangle, circle, triangle, CIRCLE CIRCLE CIRCLE CIRCLE CIRCLE, pause, *smoke break*
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    Quote Originally Posted by K PhaNTOM View Post
    What's so special about you? It's not like you play video games anymore. Lobby so someone like me who is awesome can get it. It would benefit everyone.

    I'll let you come on over and fiddle with the joystick if it does happen.
    I'm playing the new Tomb Raider if you must know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juneau View Post
    I'm playing the new Tomb Raider if you must know!
    I'll join you soon. I started playing Crysis 3 today and I'm almost done. Tomb Raider is getting some great reviews. I also recommend Crysis 3 for its single player. It's absolutely stunning.

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    Only played a small portion of the game so far and it's great. I got it free with my new GFX card. Bioshock Infinite will be joining it soon too. Gotta love free games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K PhaNTOM View Post
    I'll join you soon. I started playing Crysis 3 today and I'm almost done. Tomb Raider is getting some great reviews. I also recommend Crysis 3 for its single player. It's absolutely stunning.
    Is it better than Crysis 2? The single player for Crysis 2 sucked...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead...Again View Post
    Is it better than Crysis 2? The single player for Crysis 2 sucked...
    Not really that much better. It's very average. I played it on Easy and it took me just under 5 hours to finish it. I just enjoyed the scenery. It ran pretty well on my system. I still recommend it, though. However, not worth 70 dollars.

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    Nice thing about Valve doing something like this is the fact that its being made for gamers by people who love games. So tired of looking at Xbox and PS systems. They're all about money and nothing in return.

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