Over the past few days a lot of details and rumors have been released regarding Valve's upcoming home console known as the Steam Box. Prototypes of the Steam Box are currently being shown at CES 2013 and news regarding Valve's plans and work put into the Steam Box have been revealed.
One of the main questions about the Steam Box is what operating system do they plan to use for it considering its a console based computer that can be more affordable for consumers. Valve shared that the Steam Box will be a Linux-based Steam Box, but in an interview with The Verge Gabe Newell stated "That'll be a Linux box, [and] if you want to install Windows you can. We're not going to make it hard. This is not some locked box by any stretch of the imagination." With the Steam Box using Linux or Windows if the consumer chooses to install it Valve will have the Steam Box designed specifically for Steam and Big Picture mode for gaming.
Gabe also shared that the Steam Box will be coming in three different versions that Gabe referred to as "Good", "Better", and "Best". Valve shared that they viewed the "Good" as the "low-cost streaming solutions that you're going to see that are using Miracast or Grid." Regarding "Better" Gabe stated "Better" is to have a dedicated CPU and GPU and that's the one that's going to be controlled." And finally regarding "Best" Gabe said "You can always sell the Best box, and those are just whatever those guys want to manufacture. [Valve's position is]: let's build a thing that's quiet and focuses on high performance and quiet and appropriate form factors."
Features that will be included in the Steam Box include Netflix capability, internet web browser, controllers designed from Valve specially for the Steam Box, and much more. Regarding the controller development from Valve Gabe stated "I think you'll see controllers coming from us that use a lot of biometric data."
Get ready gamer's because the Steam Box is coming and it's going to be great. Valve has shown that they're plans are fresh, new, and exactly what gamer's are wanting to see. No news has yet been released regarding when Valve plans to release it, but nevertheless it's coming!