Sources say game developer, Valve, may be working on a "Steam Box" gaming console that may be revealed later this year
The Steam Box is rumored to incorporate Steam's "big-picture mode," an interface for playing Steam games on a regular TV using either a controller or a keyboard and mouse (Image: Steam)
Valve filed a strange patent for a controller with swappable components
Diagrams for Valve's proposed controller show sockets in place of the usual thumbsticks where a trackball or touchpad could be fitted instead
Sources are also saying that Valve's controller could use biometric monitoring to track the emotional state of a user
In the video game community, Valve Software is regarded very highly both for developing consistently influential titles for more than a decade and for its popular game distribution service, Steam. So when strong rumors begin floating around about the company producing its own game console, you can bet they're going to grab the attention of a lot of gamers. Thanks to some sources within the company, a few suspicious comments from the company founder, and a patent filing for a new type of game controller, it's starting to seem highly likely that Valve may indeed be entering the hardware market with its purported "Steam Box" project. That would be a bombshell in itself, but the rumored details of the project point to a product that could potentially change the face of modern gaming.
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