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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 Sammo21

With a high end gaming PC, a gaming laptop, all the current consoles, and a paid for PS4 on the way I couldn't care less about a steam box. If I want to play PC games on my PC I can just buy an...HDMI cable. If anything they need to work on a competent device that allows you to stream your PC library to TVs or something similar.

Also, a large majority of past, current, and even future releases are on Linux so a Steambox would be small potatoes for a long time.

Edited by Sammo21

@euandewar: This is something I am always curious about. What is the barrier that keeps you from getting into console gaming?

Posted by Superfriend

Yo Valve, Big Picture is still sort of a mess.

Figure your shit out before bringing more stuff.

Peace.

Edited by Phished0ne

The Steambox already exists, its called the Alienware X51.

@mrangryface Damn, you beat me to it!

Posted by afrofools

It's meme-cats 3!

Posted by phantom_3d

is this not just pc you cant upgrade in Linux think already been one of these its called mac.and fact Linux has only 200 games from which only few work at best from my last attempt to get any of them to work. i stick with normal pc then a half console pc that i cant upgrade.

Edited by EuanDewar

@sammo21: Do you mean whats stopping me from getting into PC gaming?

Posted by belin43

three separate half life games...

Edited by BenderUnit22

Half-Life 3 Linux exclusive confirmed

Posted by planetfunksquad

@phantom_3d: I don't know what the fuck you just said baby boy, but you're special. Remember that. Don't let 'em take your shine.

Posted by hellforce

I bet they're going to announce remakes of Half-life 2, Portal 2 and DOTA 2.

Posted by medacris

I'm excited regardless of what they announce. I have a feeling at least one of the announcements will be something that nobody has predicted yet.

Edited by bybeach

Yo Valve, Big Picture is still sort of a mess.

Figure your shit out before bringing more stuff.

Peace.

This is what I have been hearing. I do not use big picture at the moment, because I am used to the old format. The few times I did, there seemed to be some kind of dis-function. I am interested in all this, but a bit leery also.

Steam I'm sure feels it needs to grow, and we will see how.

Edited by divergence

sorry but I don't really care. I have steam and a gaming PC and I play PC games occasionally. I can run an HDMI cable to my TV and play PC games with a wireless 360 controller on my TV. What's the point of this box again? Next gen consoles are coming out this year so the idea of stuffing another box next to those boxes is not appealing. Valve needs to bring something new to the table for this to be interesting at all.

Posted by SlinkDickens

Pure speculation based on wearing a tin foil hat whilst staring at the 3 symbol picture: The circle represents a Steam OS. The brackets represent a console. So, middle pic is Steam OS inside a console. Last pic is Steam OS outside of the console paired with another Steam OS, so maybe a cloud service.

Posted by Bakaneko

@jagehtso: Yes, unfortunately too far fetched. Microsoft and Sony would NEVER and I mean NEVER allow a competing store on their closed consoles. Those stores are what they are seeing as their primary way to make money on this generation of consoles, and no way are they sharing that sweet sweet cash with Gabe.

Posted by MrCaptain

I bet they're going to announce remakes of Half-life 2, Portal 2 and DOTA 2.

Remake of Dota 2? ...

Posted by CornBREDX

Half Life 3 in your living room.

Excited yet?

Posted by Time_Lord

How about Steam Box powered by Source 2 with The Orange Box 2 and one of the games is Half Life 3?.

Posted by Haruko

1. Steambox

2. PS4 Integration

3. Half Life Decay HD!

Posted by bybeach

Half Life 3 in your living room.

Excited yet?

Thing is, I played the Orange box on this tv using a prior Pc also. But you are right, Half life 3 may just well strike me blind and wipe my memory clean. Hate to be so easy but...

Posted by Missacre

If it's 3 announcements, they'll do 2 announcements, then make us wait years for the third.

Posted by teh_destroyer

So this is why Brad went on vacation.

Edited by TWISTEDH34T

I'm still not sure what a Steam box is. Is it like a mini PC? Well hopefully that'll be more clear next week.

@harkat said:
@masterpaperlink said:

half life 3 linux exclusive

You know, if Valve are serious about Linux being the future, they should actually do this.

Well, then I would just not buy it. Simple as that.

Posted by Corvak

All the hype....gabe should say nothing about HL3 then have it announced in a random press release an hour later.

Posted by HerbieBug

If Valve makes it easy, and I do mean very easy, for me to have a thing in my living room that plays Steam games, they shall have my moneys.

And by very easy I mean a thing that I can buy in a store, bring home in car, plug in to tv and internet, turn on, Steam appears and all games offered therein supported and playable. Valve does that and maybe I think about not buying a console from Sony this generation.

Posted by mattimus_prime

@believer258: or you could just run a virtual machine of it or have 2 os's installed it actually wouldn't be much of a hassle at all i've done it you could install Linux play half life 3 and be done with it, while still keeping windows on your drive , I doubt they would do it pure exclusive anyway. they would loose money. they could do a timed Linux exclusive, say for 6 months you can only get it for Linux then after 6 months they launch it on windows mac and consoles

Edited by believer258

@believer258: or you could just run a virtual machine of it or have 2 os's installed it actually wouldn't be much of a hassle at all i've done it you could install Linux play half life 3 and be done with it, while still keeping windows on your drive , I doubt they would do it pure exclusive anyway. they would loose money. they could do a timed Linux exclusive, say for 6 months you can only get it for Linux then after 6 months they launch it on windows mac and consoles

I have dual-booted OS's before, and invariably I've used only one of them. And it's always Windows. I really like using Ubuntu, but its functionality simply doesn't match that of Windows. And don't tell me it does. It really doesn't.

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Posted by HerbieBug

Valverie teases steamy box.

Sorry. >.<

Posted by Akujin

@herbiebug: I Think you mean Valverie Teaserz Steamy Bawkz

Edited by first2die

@aoi: I see your points. However without steam and software like it piracy would turn the PC into a system that is too costly to develop for. At least steam are keeping the piracy fearing publishers at bay and keeping games coming to the PC.

Posted by DrGreatJob

@believer258: Yep, same here. I've got a dual-boot on this machine, and I can't even remember the last time I booted into Linux.

Posted by EXTomar

It is now easier than ever to use Linux side-by-side with Windows where in fact the issues are now often Windows idiosyncratic. You can live boot Linux off of USB. Linux can use NTFS so repartitioning is not a requirement for side-by-side.

I have watched and played Dota 2 off the Linux version and it definitely works. At least it works as well as the Mac version. If Valve can make Source 2 platform neutral like what Unity does then that should spur a lot more games on Linux.

Edited by PhilESkyline

@pickdefault said:

It's Shenmue 3.

That's existed for a while, it's called the Yakuza series.

Blasphemy! Shenmue is legendary!

Posted by groverat

The console is shaped like a Fedora. The controllers are shaped like knives. Thus ends my two stupid jokes.

I'm sorry.

Posted by Rasgueado
Edited by mithhunter55

"Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014. Access the full Steam catalog of over nearly 3000 games and desktop software titles via in-home streaming." This is huge guys! Now if this can run on raspberry pi, dayummmm.

Posted by rauelius

WOO HOO!!! SteamOS!!!!!!!

Posted by Cerein

I have a sneaking suspicion that this has far less to do with games and more about getting a piece of the movie and music business. Streaming tech never works that well for gaming even if you have wired connections and lets face it there is a reason why in most homes your router is at your gaming PC. Most homes are virtually all wireless now. However, streaming works fine for non gaming media and makes companies a boat load of money.

They need a way to get their user base off the computer desk so they can leverage it for other markets. Answer: Create a lot of hype over a problem very few actually have to convince everybody they need another TV box solution. On the positive side I feel they may be able to provide the added pressure to the content producers that Netflix and Hulu alone are having trouble with.

Posted by Jesel

Half-Life 3 is coming out on the Steam box with Oculus Rift support (which Valve has purchased)