Valve to (finally) reveal Steam Box plans next week

Valve may be set to more plans for its much-touted “Steam Box” console next week, according to statements from company head Gabe Newell at LinuxCon yesterday. Describing the open-source operating system (long expected to run the Steam Box) as “the future of gaming” during his presentation, Newell explained that following Valve’s Linux support within its own games and the Steam client, the next step would be to commit to the format with hardware.

"There are sets of issues to making sure whatever platform you have works well in a living room environment. There are thermal issues and sound issues, but there also a bunch of input issues. So the next step in our contribution to this [the promotion of Linux for gaming] is to release some work we've done on the hardware side.

"Next week we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room, and potentially pointing further down the road to how we can get it even more unified in mobile."

Don’t put in that pre-order just yet. This is not necessarily a pledge to have a finished console out by Christmas. Just a firmer commitment to Linux by Valve, and an incoming roadmap to the possible release of the Steam Box. Or whatever it ends up being called. Still, more gaming options are always better than less, and there’s no company better placed to more interestingly disrupt the current status quo than Valve. 


  • JackC8 - September 18, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    I just don't understand who they think is going to buy something that can't play any of the AAA titles because they only run on Windows.
  • Doctalen - September 17, 2013 6:59 a.m.

    So will a Steambox be a console that connects to your TV and Steam account?
  • s110outlookcom - September 17, 2013 6:32 a.m.

    it's a preparing that valve will be merged into ms games studios and it makes steam to replace games for windows title in pcs
  • tomasspipass - September 17, 2013 5:20 a.m.

    I hope they've held off news on half life 3 so that it can be released as a launch game along side the steam box. That and sequels to all their other awesome games, team fortress, counterstrike, portal, left for dead.come on gabe, you know you want to!
  • rainn'sgaydar - September 17, 2013 4:48 a.m.

    If it's what everyone has dreamed it would be, it would be PS4-preorder-canceling worthy news to me. A Steam Box and a Wii U for first party games sounds like a winning combination this gen. That plan being contingent on the Steam Box being awesome, of course.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - September 17, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    I was going to comment, but you pretty much nailed exactly what I was going to say.

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