GDC 2012: Valve debunks hardware rumours

Valve has said that reports it is to announce its entry into the console hardware market this year are wide of the mark, saying it is "a long way from shipping any sort of hardware."

Speaking to Kotaku, marketing director Doug Lombardi said that recent reports claiming Valve would unveil hardware which would place Steam "at the centre of an open gaming universe", similar to Google's Android, at GDC or E3 this year were incorrect – but left the door open for the company to do so in future.

"We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we're building boxes to test that on," Lombardi said. "We're also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we've talked about a fair amount.

"All of that is stuff we're working on, but it's a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware."

When pressed by Kotaku, Lombardi did not rule out a future move into hardware. Valve co-founder – who this week was named a billionaire by US magazine Forbes – said in a recent interview that, while the company would prefer other firms to make hardware, "We think it's important enoughthat if that's what we end up having to do, then that's what we end up having to do."