Friday Flame Wars: Valve’s Winter Approaches
Today marks the end of a week filled with announcements from Valve.
- SteamOS, a new Linux-based operating system with some Valve TLC, is on the way. The new OS looks to unshackle Valve from its Microsoft oppressors, and bring the PC Gaming Master Race into a new Golden Age of Linuxdom. The new OS will eventually support every game available on Steam, promises to be purpose-built for gamers, and should come with robust support from the big hardware players (AMD, Nvidia, etc).
- 300 lucky Steam users will soon become beta testers for Valve’s new SteamBox initiative. Nothing is known about these Steam Machines, aside from the fact that a) Valve is doing a limited beta run, b) other manufacturers will join the SteamBox game in 2014, and c) they will come in various shapes, sizes, and ship with varying degrees of affordability and horsepower.
- Last but not least, Valve has developed a gaming input device. The Steam Controller ships with two trackpads, a touchscreen, zero joysticks, and oodles of buttons and hacking potential. The pricing and release date are TBA, but the controller is supposed to mimic the mouse and keyboard experience in a smaller, more couch-friendly form factor.
- Not announced: A new game from Valve. No Half-Life 3. No Left 4 Dead 3. No Ricochet 2.
How do you feel about all the non-game announcements this week? Are you excited by the premise of a Valve-made gaming PC? Does a Steam-branded OS make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Or are you laser-focused with seething, unbridled hatred on the lack of Half-Life 3 news? Is your closet a voodoo shrine to Gabe Newell, as you prick his soap carving with safety pins, hoping to cause him discomfort until Gordan Freeman is back on the Source 2 Engine?
Either way, be sure to hash it out in the comments!