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Steam Box Prototypes Ready For Testing Within Four Months

Infinity Ward Branded Steam Box

Valve head Gabe Newell gave a revealing interview to the BBC, as he divulged that the Steam Box prototypes will be given out to customers within the “next three or four months.”

One of Steam Box’s goals is to make PC gaming a seamless experience in one’s household. “It’s sort of the openness and flexibility of a PC yet done in a way that makes it work well in a living room,” said Newell about the console.

Newell is also attempting to infuse his obsession with biometrics into the currently in development controllers for Steam Box. To offer players a deeper level of gaming, “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.”

Measuring heart rates? A little box that holds your gaming life inside a living room? Has Newell lost his mind? Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward doesn’t think so, as they offered their support by posting a branded version of the Xi3 Piston Steam Box, followed by the coy tweet “What’s this?”

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