Valve teases possible new hardware, cooperative design, and big updates to Steam in 2014
Valve has been talking about the hardware game for a long time, with Gabe Newell discussing different aspects of hardware design and development as early as the beginning of 2012. More recently Newell has talked up the potential of Linux, and now a mysterious official teaser seems to point to some big new things coming in 2014.
“Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads,” the announcement states.“This year we’ve been working on even more ways to connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room. Soon, we’ll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam.”
“As Gabe mentioned a few days ago, we will be talking next week about the steps we're taking to make Steam more accessible on televisions and in the living room,” a Valve representative told Kotaku. “Specifically, we have three announcements to make beginning with the first one on Monday morning.”
There is a countdown showing that we have a little more than 72 hours to go until… something happens. The image is that of a cardboard controller and cat, so your guess is as good as mine about what's coming. Valve has been keeping a number of irons in the fire when it comes to hardware development, and there is always the fabled Steam box to think about, but the reality is that this could be anything from new hardware to a streaming service.
Who knows? Let's speculate together, and get excited for the future. Valve tends to do some interesting things in the video game space, to put it very lightly, and the sky is the limit here.