Valve denies “Steam Box” console rumors

Stephen Totilo for Kotaku:

“We’re prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we’re building boxes to test that on,” Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi said, referring to a new Steam interface that will make the online gaming service easily useable for people who want to play Steam games on a PC that’s connected to their TV. “We’re also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we’ve talked about a fair amount.

The Verge suggested last week that Valve was working on a video game console to play games from its Steam service. Valve’s Doug Lombardi won’t rule out the long-term possibility, but says it’s not in the cards for now. So for now, you’ll have to make do on your Mac or PC.