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Since hindsight is 20/20, Commander Shepard should stand before the leaders of the galaxy, point at the approaching Reaper invasion and say “I told you so.”
But Shepard is better than that. It doesn’t matter whether players have shaped their Commanders as avatars of diplomacy or embodiments of rebellion - Mass Effect 3 means it’s time to board the Normandy, pick up the crew and gather their guns one last time.
It’s a wild, heartfelt ride.
Valve is dismissing rumors that it is in the process of developing a “Steam Box” console using Steam.
Valve marketing director Vince Lombardi told Kotaku that hardware Valve has been building is being used to test the upcoming “Big Picture Mode” user interface, which will make Steam easier to use for PC gamers who want to play on televisions connected to their computers. He also noted that while Valve is also testing biometric feedback, that is not necessarily leading to a hardware launch.
“All of that is stuff that we’re working on, but it’s a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware,” Lombardi told Kotaku.
Lombardi also said there are no plans for Steam-based hardware coming from manufacturing partners, which was also rumored.
The Verge is reporting that Valve may be working with hardware manufacturers on the “Steam Box.”
According to sources, the company has been working on a hardware spec and associated software which would make up the backbone of a “Steam Box.” The actual devices may be made by a variety of partners, and the software would be readily available to any company that wants to get in the game.
Meetings were reportedly held at CES to demonstrate the device to potential hardware manufacturers. Specs included a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU.
The Verge also mentions that a Steam Box would most likely ship with a proprietary controller. Valve filed a patent for a controller with swappable components just last year.
Valve may make an announcement at GDC, though it is possible it will wait to shake things up at E3.
Even more details can be found in the original report, which can be found at the source link.