Rumors about a possible Valve console (or Steam Box as it was affectionately called by the press), ran rampant all throughout 2012 and oddly enough, Gabe Newell eventually confirmed there was truth to the rumors, as the company would like to get into the home entertainment market one day.
Now that we know a Valve developed console is a possibility, do we know any possible features it may have? Other than streaming Steam content and using Big Picture Mode, not as such no. But we do have yet another rumor as to what a possible feature could be, as well as a possible reveal window.
user by the alias of alexandros, has translated an article from the German website Golem.de, which supposedly highlights a speech Valve electronics engineer Ben Krasnow gave in Germany on December 29, in which he talks about the console.
Apparently, Krasnow said it will run on Linux as opposed to Windows to provide an open platform for developers and the company should be revealing it this year. When? E3 is said to be the most likely time and it certainly won’t be earlier than GDC.
We can’t confirm that this is legit right now, but given Gabe's previous confessions (the home entertainment plan and his hatred for Windows 8
), and how much work Valve is putting into making Steam and Linux compatible, it’s certainly has a ring of believability to it.