A report from The Verge states that developer Valve is considering getting into the hardware business with a “Steam Box” console. The report states that Valve plans to make Steam “the center of an open gaming universe that mirrors what Google has done with Android.”

The rumored specs have the console packing an Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. “Steam Box” would also reportedly ship with a controller that has interchangeable parts, and can be reconfigured based on whatever game is being played. The console would run off Valve’s hugely successful Steam service, meaning, no physical copies of a title would ever be required to purchase.

As for the controller, Valve actually filed a patent for such a device last year. Picture below.

In a recent interview with Penny Arcade, Valve’s Gabe Newell admitted ”Well, if we have to sell hardware we will” and followed up with “We’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do [hardware]. We think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do, then that’s what we end up having to do.”

The Verge sates that Steam Box could be unveiled at GDC, though they’re also hearing that the company may wait until E3 this year to show the console off.

What do you think? Do you believe Valve is secretly working on “Steam Box” and if so, how successful would the console be against the likes of the PlayStation 4, the next Xbox and the Wii U? Give us your thoughts below.

Source: The Verge