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Valve’s Steambox will Start Beta Testing by June

Valve’s living room PC will start it’s initial testing in a few months. First details here.

In a interview with BBC, Valve boss and mastermind Gabe Newell while there is no firm date set for the Steambox testing, they will have something to show soon.

“We’re working with partners trying to nail down how fast we can make it. We’ll be giving out some prototypes to customers to gauge their reactions, I guess, in the next three to four months,” he said.

“There are noise issues and heat issues and being able to [deal with] that while still offering a powerful enough gaming experience is the challenge in building it.”

The Steambox is looking to throw in some awesome tech as well. Newell briefly discussed the use of biometic senors.

“If you think of a game like Left For Dead – which was trying to put you into a sort of horror movie – if you don’t change the experience of what the player is actually feeling then it stops being a horror game,” he said.

“So 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.”

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