Twitter Predicts The Next Two Valve Announcements

Most of the Internet’s Valve announcement predictions came in before yesterday’s SteamOS reveal, but that isn’t stopping the Megaverse Twitterverse from devolving into a Half-Life 3-fueled, Portal gun-toting  sewing circle. The popular guesses seem to be SteamBox Wednesday and Half-Life 3 Friday, but other games (Left 4 Dead 3, Team Fortress 3) popped up in earlier predictions, too.

Some sort of hardware announcement is definitely coming tomorrow. While patents recently filed by Valve suggest it could be something home-grown and sold by the publisher, there’s a chance it could merely be a set of hardware guidelines, similar to how Intel dictates what is and what isn’t an Ultrabook. The guidelines in this reveal could be accompanied by several vendors (Asus, MSi, Zotac, etc.) revealing their takes on a SteamBox. Companies like Logic Supply are releasing new takes on the small form factor this week, like a new take on Intel’s NUC platform. Could it be an early look at a SteamBox? We’ll find out tomorrow!

It could also be a combination of the aforementioned strategies, similar to how Microsoft has its own tablet hardware to compliment OEM offerings. Valve could ship a branded SteamBox, while working closely with key hardware vendors on their own SteamOS-friendly hardware SKUs.

Here are a few choice announcement predictions — I tried to keep it to recent predictions, as many were made before the SteamOS announcement on Sunday night or Monday morning.

Towing the popular line…

I think a new controller would be lumped in with a console/PC reveal. It wouldn’t get its own announcement.

The thought of exclusive games on SteamOS is definitely polarizing. I can see some sort of exclusive beta or item tie-in (like the white earbuds for TF2 Apple players), but wholly exclusive games could seriously backfire on Valve.


Another call for Half-Life 3. That certainly would be the right, hyped game to kick off a new, hyped hardware platform.

Again, separate announcements for a console/PC and its controller would feel a little threadbare…unless Valve takes the wraps off its own VR hardware lineup.

There will be rioting in the streets of Bellevue, Washington if Gabe holds Half-Life 3 back. NO FREEMAN, NO PEACE!

Last but not least, Dorkly thinks a SteamBox will be revealed tomorrow, followed by a very exciting announcement on Friday…


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