Valve’s Piston Steam Box Will Bring PC Gaming To The Living Room

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Valve is working on new hardware called the Piston Steam Box.  The Piston Steam Box will make it possible to play PC games in your living room.  Known for the Steam gaming platform, Valve has around 50 million users.  Valve has been rumored to be building a console of their own for a long time now.  Pulse2 wrote about the Steam Box rumor back in March 2012.  A few months ago, Valve launched software called Big Picture which made it possible for Windows based machines to use Xbox 360 controllers to navigate, shop, and play games.  Nvidia’s Project Shield can also use Big Picture mode when using an Nvidia-based system to play PC games in the living room through wireless video.

?The Steam Box will also be a server. Any PC can serve multiple monitors, so over time, the next-generation (post-Kepler) you can have one GPU that?s serving up eight simultaneous game calls. So you could have one PC and eight televisions and eight controllers and everybody getting great performance out of it. We?re used to having one monitor, or two monitors — now we?re saying lets expand that a little bit,? stated Valve co-founder Gabe Newell as quoted by IGN.