Reports last week that PC gaming's darling Valve Software was rumoured to be working on a console-like Hardware specification to run Steam games brought on some mixed emotions from PC gamers, but unlike a lot of other gaming rumours lately, it looks like this one has now been more quashed than confirmed.
Speaking to Kotaku
, Valve's PR authority Doug Lombardi explained that while they are working on the Steam Big Picture Mode UI -- a TV-friendly interface for Steam -- and experimenting with biometric feedback tech, shipping any sort of hardware is not on their horizon.
Lombardi refused to flat-out say that Valve isn't working on a console. When I posted it to him this way—"What you're saying is, there's definitely nothing coming any time soon, nothing at GDC or E3, but what you're not ruling out is the possibility that, hey, maybe some day Valve would make hardware. "-he said, "I think that's accurate."
That Lombardi seemed to be so intentionally vague is a little suspicious, so perhaps something is still brewing here, but he did also go further to confirm that nobody else was planning on making Steam-spec hardware either "Whether we're talking about Valve making hardware or partnering with others, nothing like that is happening any time soon", he said.