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Valve to offer Steam Box prototypes to customers in 'three to four months'

Early testers to also receive multiple controller designs

Valve boss Gabe Newell has said that Valve will be distributing prototype versions of its Steam Box to customers in as little as three months.

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Valve confirmed back in January that it was working on a 'Steam Box' device - a compact PC-based device designed to bring Steam games to the living room in a console-like manner.

Speaking with BBC today, Newell said, "We're working with partners trying to nail down how fast we can make it."

He went on, "We'll be giving out some prototypes to customers to gauge their reactions, I guess, in the next three to four months."

Steam Box is, he stressed, still in the "development stages", as Valve is working through the challenges of fitting a gaming PC into a compact form factor, and "nailing down" its final controller design.

"There are noise issues and heat issues and being able to [deal with] that while still offering a powerful enough gaming experience is the challenge in building it," said Newell.

"The main thing that's holding us up right now is we have a couple of different controller prototypes that we're using. And that's one of things actually we'll be giving to customers; we'll just give them a couple of different ones and then actually look to see what the differences are in their play patterns when they have those different controllers," he added.

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