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Valve likely to announce ‘SteamBox’ on Monday


PC gaming giant Valve is hinting at multiple announcements for next week, the first of which will take place this coming Monday. A newly launched teaser site discusses the idea of further integrating Valve’s Steam platform into the living room, and claims that “The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014.”

Last year we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads. 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.

Three cryptic orbs are displayed as well, the first of which is set alongside a countdown timer set to expire at 2:00 EST next Monday. Big Picture redesigned the Steam storefront into a more television and gamepad friendly format, and the language used suggests an announcement related to the fabled SteamBox.

The SteamBox itself is still a bit of a nebulous myth at this point, but we do know it exists in some form. Also, just earlier this week Valve managing director Gabe Newell made an appearance at LinuxCon, where he again expressed the company’s interest in bringing Linux into the living-room.

According to his presentation there, Linux based announcements were incoming as soon as next week. Of course, nothing is confirmed yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

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