As the gaming world transitions into an era of next generation consoles with Xbox One and PlayStation 4, one of the biggest questions going forward will be the role of the PC as a gaming platform, and also the role of set-top video streaming boxes and how they may be leveraged as gaming devices in the future.
As the operator of the overwhelmingly successful and popular online PC game service, Steam, Valve is in a very unique position to streamline access to PC games via its own living room device with the so-called ‘Steam Box,’ a low frills (but high power) piece of PC hardware that could act as a set-top box and console replacement in one, providing direct access to your library of games on Steam.
Whether we’re on the cusp of the release of such a device is up in the air, but what we do know is that Valve is getting ready to make three announcements regarding “the steps [Valve is] taking to make Steam more accessible on televisions and in the living room.”
The first of these announcements is due on Monday, September 23rd, and was framed in the landscape of Valve’s ‘Big Picture’ feature on Steam which itself is tailor-made to let you view Steam and games available on the service on TVs, playable with regular game controllers.
A statement on the official teaser website reads:
“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.”
What do you think Valve is about to announce? Will it be hardware related or purely software focussed? Would you want to see Valve release a ‘Steam Box?’