Kitguru picked up word from German tech site Golem that Valve's Linux-based Steam Box will ship later this year. The device is anticipated to be revealed at a game show later this year.
This news comes from German website Golem (thanks PCgamesN), which claims to have got the information from Valve engineer Ben Krasnow. Mr Krasnow confirmed that Windows would not be the back bone of the new Steam machine, Linux would be. This will not be a surprise to some, since Gabe Newell has been a vocal opponent of Windows 8 and has talked up the open nature of Linux in the past.
Krasnow also revealed that the Steam Box would be unveiled for the first time at one of this year’s gaming expos. There are quite a few it could potentially be, but the two most likely culprits are the Game Developers Conference in March, or at the E3 Expo in June.