Valve's dreams of conquering the living room have taken shape today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with the unveiling of a dedicated Steam-powered gaming PC dubbed the "Steambox."
Codenamed "Piston", the device is being developed by Xi3Corporation, and takes advantage of Steam's Big Picture mode to bring the service onto HD TV screens. Valve, however, is known to be financially backing the project - but Xi3 wouldn't be drawn to comment further on the collaboration between the two companies.
Showcasing a work-in-progress "development stage" product at CES, Xi3 CEO Jason A. Sullivan was notably excited about the reveal. "This new development stage product will allow users to take full-advantage of their large high-definition TV displays for an amazing computer game experience.
"As a result, this new system could provide access to thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand."