Valve CEO Gabe Newell recently did a huge interview with The Verge about the upcoming Steam Box and the future of Steam itself.
The famous “Gaben” as internet techies affectionately call him, remained ever mysterious on the Steam Box. The hardware has faced several challenges throughout the process because of the struggles between closed proprietary and open systems. It will most likely contain Miracast or Grid for low cost streaming solutions. The box will also host a dedicated CPU and GPU as well.
Newell also stated in the interview that the Steam Box will be Linux Based, but that user will be able to install Windows if they wanted to. Controllers for the system will integrate the use of biometric data, rather than focusing on motion like the Kinect or Wii. He also mentioned the idea that gaze tracking would become very important in time.
The Steam Box will also have or seem to have web browser access to Netflix and other services as well. It will additionally operate as a server where any PC will be able to plug in and play on the system.
He has also confirmed that there a mobile version of the Steam Box in the works as well that will improve the input for mobile games.
As for the future of Steam itself, Gabe has stated the company looks at the program as a tool for content developers and producers. The company is looking to maximize the platforms in which steam can run on, and that the Steam Store should contain more user generated content.
Valve recently unveiled Project Piston at CES 2013, and is rumored to be one of the first Steam Boxes coming out this year.
Piston appears to be a version of the Xi3’s modular X7A PC, and the details on it are incredibly scarce.
What we do know is this: the closest to a gaming module Xi3 boasts contains a 64 bit x86 based processor. It has up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and an SSD as large as a terabyte. The module can display resolutions up to 4096×2160 and it’s motherboard is split into three pieces which it what makes the device so small.
These are all just guesses at what the device could possibly do. Valve has however confirmed that this will be the first of many devices.
Tina Fey is currently in talks to be in the next Muppet movie, or so sources say.
Fey will be apparently rounding out the cast as the female lead playing a Russian gulag prison guard. The film will see our favorite fuzzy heros embarking on an adventure across Europe, although the rumored title The Muppets…again doesn’t necessarily give that away.
Fey will be joining Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell who are also signed to play human characters in the film. The release date for the film hasn’t been spoken about yet, but media sources are looking at a 2014 release for the anticipated film.
Does the Piston have your interest piqued?