Video: Our first reaction to the Steam boxes, Steam OS controller

Kyle and Casey talk Steam boxes. (video link)

The day before the official beginning of CES is riddled with press conferences. In the midst of those, Valve founder Gabe Newell popped out for all of 10 minutes to unveil what will soon be a set of available Steam boxes. Reporters, including Ars’ own gaming editor Kyle Orland, snapped pictures and tried out the controller that Valve had designed for the new devices.

Orland said that while he is interested in the console, he wasn’t sure who it was meant to target. The living room location and controller suggest Valve is going after the console users, but the operating system and cost seem aimed at the more hardcore PC gamers.

The controller wasn’t a hit for Orland—while one side of it appears to function, the left control pad and inability to accept multi-button input hold it back from being a great product.

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via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/Qz-G83NwU5o/

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