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Valve Teases Steam Box, Other News

We'll hear three different announcements from Valve next week.

There are big things brewing at Valve. The company has launched a teaser website that says “the Steam universe is expanding in 2014,” and has promised three announcements next week.

Given Steam founder Gabe Newell’s recent comments at a Linux conference, it seems inevitable we’re about to hear more concrete details about Valve and Steam moving into the living room.

“Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads,” said the company on its teaser page. “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.”

In a subsequent email to the press, more details about how this will played out were detailed.

Firstly, expect an announcement Monday morning. The news will show up on the teaser page, but Valve did not provide any details on what we might expect, except to say the news is about “the steps we're taking to make Steam more accessible on televisions and in the living room.”

There are several image-related teaser on Valve’s page, too. Make of them what you will.

This year was already going to be a crazy one for gaming hardware. It’s about to get crazier.

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Posted by Wilshere

Portal 3, Left 4 Dead 3, 3D Gabe knife collection 3.

Posted by Crunchman

They're realizing Krazy Ken's vision.

Posted by porjos
@aoi said:

@porjos: I'll never get tired of all the crazy people that get immediately, and crazily defensive whenever anyone says they're worried about the direction Valve is taking. Carry on, dude, you're hilarious.

My pride has no corporate stake. Valve is a company, and that's that. I'm a consumer first, looking out for my best interests. I don't take issue with any beef against Valve, I take issue to worthless comments posed at legitimate opinions.

Then again, I'm responding to you, so you have won 'time'. For that, I applaud you.

Posted by Talis12

they are adding Pets to their Hats system..?

Also, the beta updated with "preparations for upcoming features" or something.. i think more news about the family sharing will be released as part of this thing

Edited by onyxghost

Zero interest

Edited by GaspoweR

So I think Valve is probably helping turn Linux into the Android of the PC/Console gaming space.

Edited by GaspoweR

@believer258: I don't think they'll abandon the install base they have in the other OS so I'm pretty sure they won't just be making a Linux exclusive version of the games but from what I've read of the articles they are just helping with the process of other developers being able to create versions that are also compatible with Linux by creating a debugger, etc.

@wilshere said:

Portal 3, Left 4 Dead 3, 3D Gabe knife collection 3.

Gabe Newell Knife Collection Simulator 2014

Posted by TehBuLL

3 buttons...3 whiskers...3 pictures...

Posted by benpicko

So this is pretty much confirmed Linux? What's the point then?

Edited by DaddyCabinet

@chiablo said:

All I want is an inexpensive device like the nVidia Shield, but that connects to a PC that will stream video and games from my PC to the living room.

But whatever it is, I hope they call it the Hatbox.

A hundred percent this

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Edited by SaFt

Whatever it is, one thing is certain. It will not be Half-Life 3.

Posted by BaneFireLord

@tehbull said:

3 buttons...3 whiskers...3 pictures...

LEFT 4 DEAD 3 CONFIRMED!

Posted by JordanaRama

@jagehtso: probably, but MAN. can you even imagine that? If PS4 had steam support it would be untouchable. But, that would kind of cut into Sonys pie a bit and I can't imagine they would go for that (and especially not Microsoft.) that would no doubt push consoles though but at the same time would probably really hinder software sales.

Posted by gaftra

@benpicko: hm, tried repeating this by your screenshot but couldn't get it. what did you do to prove this isn't fake.

Posted by warmonked

I mean... they're releasing they're own version of the LINUX kernal. I can just see that... if they were able to develop a version of the OS that is more compatible with games traditionally made for a windows environment than...

That'd be interesting. Linux + their own custom WINE. That would let them ensure driver and game compatibility.

Posted by TheManWithNoPlan

Can't wait to hear what they announce.

Posted by ghostyTrickster

The announcements will be the Steam Box, Source Engine 2, Left 4 Dead 3. That's all, nothing to see here, move along folks.

Posted by AuthenticM

Excite !

Posted by BuddyleeR

@hells: I think it's a play on the fact that it's in your living room, where your cat hangs out? I dunno.

Posted by JouselDelka

I as a PC player and enthusiast, owe this company the recent resurrection of popularity for the platform and the consequent developers' willingness to develop for it and port to it. And therefore I wish this company luck in all their new projects.

With that being said, I'm very disappointed that their new direction and focus has nothing to do with me as a traditional PC player using a mouse and keyboard, gaming on a desk with a gaming monitor.

Valve has become more and more irrelevant to me over the past few years, with their Big Picture, Dota, TF2 hats and Steam trading systems, and now this Steam console..

I hope soon they'll do something that involves me as a traditional player and consumer. Gabe Newell turned from an interesting PC visionary to a dude who talks about boring irrelevant shit that will make him more money, nothing but streamlining and increased accessibility bullshit.

Posted by alwaysbebombing

@chiablo said:

All I want is an inexpensive device like the nVidia Shield, but that connects to a PC that will stream video and games from my PC to the living room.

But whatever it is, I hope they call it the Hatbox.

I hope you can buy hats to put on top of the Hatbox.

Posted by Nictel

So HL3, new IP and SteamBox?

Edited by benpicko

@gaftra said:

@benpicko: hm, tried repeating this by your screenshot but couldn't get it. what did you do to prove this isn't fake.

Nothing, it was a joke on /v/

Posted by Ryanmgraef
Posted by jimmyfenix

Half life 3 Xbone exclusive.

Posted by Bollard

THREE ANOUNCEMENTS. They are all explaining how they are not announcing anything about HL3.

Posted by iragequit

Clearly this is a sign of more hats coming to TF2.

Edited by Wokisan

If it is the SteamBox I just don't get the excitement. A lot of us already have SteamBoxes...our gaming PCs. Regardless there is no way it would ever stop me from buying a Xbox One or PS4 or vice versa (having a next gen console would never stop me from having a gaming PC).

Posted by grogenaut

Given I can barely get my gamepad to work with 80% of steam games, good luck with that.

Posted by DarkShaper

@jouseldelka: I totally get why some people don't like it but DOTA 2 is one of the most PC ass PC games that I have played in years.

Posted by Dan_CiTi
Edited by BawlZINmotion

I wonder if this is a console crowd target to increase Steam's reach, or the first step in transition to its own platform... or both? There will be some, but I just don't see that many Windows, Mac or Linux based Steam users buying this. And Valve has to sell those non-PC gamers on an incredibly closed system with a very restrictive DRM policy.

The sales will help I'm sure, but a lot of people (including myself) want many games we look forward to the minute they're available. And in that regard, Steam is absolutely no different than any other platform. Except that if you're play on a console, you can sell your copy of GTA5 when you're done and get some credits towards another investment.

Edited by mrangryface

I've got a SteamBox.

Posted by teh_destroyer

I really do want this more than any other next gen console right now.

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Posted by overrated44

@jagehtso: This would absolutely destroy a competitor. If I could hypothetically get all of my Steam games on either the Xbox One or the PS4 I would choose the one with Steam. The other company would be destroyed in the market.

Posted by Ronald

Finally, Valve is going to make Counterstrike 2. Also, I just bought a PC that is basically a Steam box with Giant Bomb video and streaming added on. Everything else I do on my Macbook.

Edited by frankiebeanz

@rushdo: Go buy a pc then because you don't need to preorder them they're out already....

Edited by hanktherapper

Half Life 3 will be announced. Then it will be announced it will be delayed a year and then announced it will be delayed another six months.

Edited by ReverendHunt

That image makes me feel like I'm going to die in seven days.

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Posted by selbie

Are those images low quality? otherwise I smell a crazy ARG again.

Posted by jasondesante

taking a guess its something that we've all been wanting for a long time, and it won't be a big thing at all, and it will be buggy at launch, and its not going to be a big deal at all. the way they are going to announce it will be a bigger deal than the thing itself. Bringing Steam to the living room isn't Steam's biggest weakness at the moment.

Posted by jasondesante

taking a guess its something that we've all been wanting for a long time, and it won't be a big thing at all, and it will be buggy at launch, and its not going to be a big deal at all. the way they are going to announce it will be a bigger deal than the thing itself. Bringing Steam to the living room isn't Steam's biggest weakness at the moment.

Posted by PenguinDust

They're going to repackage the Ouya. Add Steam support. Profit.

Posted by Pineconefan

"Soon, we’ll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam.” Valve is going to go full-on cult.

Posted by Stevemax
@hells said:

What is the meaning of that Cat?

Cats have 9 lives, the controller has 3 buttons on the face.

You guessed it, HALF LIFE 9÷3 = CONFIRMED!

Posted by Hunter5024

I would be really interested to know why people are excited about a potential steam box. Personally I just can't envision it being all that cool, even if it ends up being a fully fledged console and not just some streaming solution.

Posted by Pop

Damn it Valve, "3" announcements? Seriously? Half-Life 3 exclusive to the Ouya 3 which is Linux based.

Edited by Andorski

As a guy who had his gaming PC hooked up exclusively to their TV for years (until last month), why doesn't Valve make Big Picture Mode a worthwhile feature before they move on to other "living room" initiatives? BPM was a cool add-on that I tried a couple of times before just using the regular Steam client again.

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