The folks at Valve will be making three announcements in relation to Steam and its living room initiative in the next week. The company, in true meta fashion, announced its impending announcements alongside a teaser website that they launched today. The site features a bit of cosmic-themed imagery while teasing: “The Steam Universe Is Expanding”. There’s also a countdown that finishes on Monday, September 23, at 1 p.m. ET.
What could the big V possibly be gracing us with this time? Steam Big Picture, Valve’s living-room solution for Steam users, was released last December but left a lot to be desired, since it still required users’ computer units. According to the website, Valve has been working to find different ways to “connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room.”
At this point, all signs are pointing at the imminent unveiling of Valve’s long-awaited Steam console. Considering the announcements’ pre-holiday season timing and the sensational teasing to garner our curiosity (who builds a website to announce something minuscule?), it would be sensible to assume such. Gabe Newell, head of Valve, mentioned earlier this week at Linuxcon the company’s plans to reveal details on bringing Linux-based gaming to the living room. That leads me to assume that at least one of the three upcoming announcements has to be about the so-called “Steam Box.”
The aforementioned is merely a hypothesis at present, meaning it’s about as plausible as a Half-Life 3 announcement coming within the next week. In any case, we’ll be keeping an eye on Valve’s countdown timer and announcements as they’re divulged.