So to no surprise to anyone, Valve today announced it's plans for Steam Machines, an opportunity for hardware builders to create consoles out of any PC build.
From day one i've been looking at the symbols on Valve's teaser page and, like anyone else with too much time on their hands, i would try to predict their meaning. With the information we have now my prediction is that the final announcement will be that the SteamOS will also support Android games and possibly a partnership between Valve and Google...and Nvidia.
In the first button we see a small circle which we would later find that this represented SteamOS, today we see that circle encased in brackets which i believe represents the OS installed onto a machine. So in the final button we see one circle plus another circle, one OS plus another OS (both open source)
It's no secret that everyone and their mother's shoving a little computer box under your TV, installing Android onto it, and calling it a console so why not make Steam the all inclusive place for open source gaming while gaining the mainstream interest Android is receiving to lure others into Valve's marketplace.
But it's more tech's recent history that i'm extrapolating this idea from and that comes from a third partner in the process, Nvidia
With Nvidia being shunned this next generation in gaming for AMD's hardware it would make sense that they would want to be more involved in PC's biggest marketplace. What is more catalyzing to this theory, however, is that Nvidia has basically already built a Steam Machine (sans-linux) with the Nvidia Shield (plays Android games, streams Steam games) and Nvidia's (maybe not so random) announcement to increase support for linux.
Steam Machines will come in two flavors, a low cost android consoles that can stream your Steam games from your desktop and, the other, a PC...that has SteamOS installed on it.
...and they'll probably show the new controller this Friday too.