Steam Box Out in 2013, Isn't Powered by Windows, Report Says

The mini PC is going to be released in the near future, according to a German website

By on January 7th, 2013 12:51 GMT

New details have appeared about the oft-rumored Steam Box, the PC-based console from Valve, as one of the studio's hardware designers has apparently confirmed that the device will be released this year and that it's not powered by Windows, but by a Linux distribution.

Valve has attracted millions of gamers from all around the world to its Steam digital distribution service, no matter the actual platform, as it's now available on PC, Mac, and Linux.

Ever since last year, Valve has also been rumored to work on the so-called Steam Box, a mini PC that will act as a home console, allowing owners to access their Steam games on a big TV, instead of hooking up their main PC to the big screen.

Now, a few more details have appeared about the Steam Box, as Valve hardware designer Ben Krasnow has apparently told Golem.de that the device is out this year.

What's more, the small PC will run a Linux distribution, although it's unclear just what actual version it will be.

As of yet, however, no official statement has been given by Valve.

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