The first pictures of video game maker Valve's prototype Steam Machine hardware were let out on Monday, courtesy a Seattle Times report. Along with giving the first peek at the prototype Steam Machine via the pictures, Valve also revealed some additional details about its plans pertaining to the PC-based console.
The Seattle Times' photos of the Steam Machine clearly show what the Valve-manufactured console hardware will look like. Going by the images, the device is a black box, which seemingly is more akin to a piece of consumer electronics instead of a conventional PC.
However, against the backdrop of the fact that some other OEMs have come up with PCs for the living room, Valve has said that it is chiefly aimed at ensuring that the Steam Machine console looks attractive when placed next to a TV set.
Despite the fact that Valve has asserted that the Steam Machine will basically be an off-the-shelf PC, the company had made relentless attempts into developing a UI for Steam OS, so that users can have a complete control over the more than 3,000+ games in its library, without having to grope for a wireless keyboard and mouse on the couch.
Towards that end, Valve has been developing a unique controller for the Steam Machine. The wireless controller will provide greater flexibility, thanks to its force-feedback trackpads and an LCD screen which will replace the traditional mini-joysticks of most of the other console controllers.
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