Gabe Newell Discusses Steam Box Mobile Ambitions

In an interview with The Verge, Valve CEO Gabe Newell has revealed that the company's not just looking to take over the living-room gaming space, it's also got one eye on the growing mobile market too.

Discussing the so-called Steam Box, designed to deliver Valve's popular PC Steam experience to living-room televisions, Newell also referenced a mobile project known internally as Littlefoot.

"What do we need to do to extend this to the mobile space?" he began.

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"Our approach will be pretty similar. We also think there's a lot that needs to be done in the tablet and mobile space to improve input for games. I understand Apple's [approach]: all the way back in '83 when I met Jobs for the first time, he was so super anti-gaming.

"In one of the designs that we're building on the controller side, it has this touchpad and we're trying to figure out where that's useful. We don't want to waste people's money by just throwing in a touchpad. Once we understand what the role is of multitouch in these kind of applications, then it's easy to say you can use your phone for it."

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Valve has invested in the Xi3 micro-PC as part of its Steam Box strategy.

Valve isn't the only company looking to make a dent in Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo's stranglehold over console gaming either. Earlier this week, PC technology manufacturer Nvidia revealed its first handheld gaming platform, a PC streaming Android device codenamed Project Shield.

We took a look at the impact of these new approaches to mobile and home gaming in our in-depth analysis yesterday.


Project Shield: A Potential Game-Changer

Source: The Verge