The internet, being what it is, has been kicking around a few rumors as of late. One involves the possibility that Valve is creating a “Steam console”. These rumors came about after anonymous sources claimed that Valve has been working with outside hardware developers.
It seems, for the present, that this is in fact just a rumor. Doug Lombardi, director of marketing for Valve, explained that Valve was contacting hardware developers, but for the sole purpose of testing the new Steam Big Picture Mode UI system — an interface that will make PC to TV connections easier, allowing for Steam on the big screen. Okay, so maybe that makes the rumors half-true.
In any event, Lombardi didn’t completely rule out the possibility of a Steam console sometime down the road — that just isn’t something they’re working on currently. Or so they want us to think…