So we know that Valve is working on its own hardware and after speaking to the folks at Engadget, Valve’s Jeri Ellsworth revealed that the beta testing of their hardware efforts could be taking place as soon as 2013. Beta tests are already taking place but these are done internally and with prototype devices. What Valve is hoping to do is to run a small production of units that would make a public beta test feasible. The beta is most likely to be related to Steam but as to what exactly this hardware is remains to be seen. Some have speculated it could be Valve’s wearable computing initiative, but according to Ellsworth, that particular project is a good two to five years away. The end goal is to make Steam games more fun to play in your living room, which we have to admit sounds like a console at first, but then again it could really be anything. Either way it will be interesting to see what Valve will be able to cook up, so check back with us at a later date where hopefully more information will be available.

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