Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo may all have their own game distribution platforms for consoles, but the PC equivalent from Valve – Steam – could prove big enough to take on the big three home console makers, with the company that makes it practically confirming that something is coming, and soon.

Rumoured since around this time last year, the company behind popular games Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike, and many others will be releasing a console of its own, with a special box developed around a computer possible coming in the near future.

Speaking to the BBC during the BAFTA Games Awards, Valve’s head honcho Gabe Newell has said that select customers will be receiving samples in the next few months to “gauge their reactions” for the console.

An official price or release date has yet to be put forth, but we’re hoping it will be later this year. Given the amount of games currently sitting on Steam and the prices often being better than what we find for console titles in store, it could prove to be a winner with gamers.