Here comes more late, but essential news for you to digest about Valve and its future plans! Back in February, The Penny Arcade Report released an interview with Gabe Newell talking about his thoughts on open platforms and the future of Steam. As well as a varied photo tour of the Valve offices.
Quoting Gabe Newell
"I mean if you look at the revenue numbers and the profitability numbers of the game space versus the movie space itís clear that weíre moving a lot faster, and if you look at within the game space and you look at where a lot of the interesting things happening whether itís World of Warcraft, whether itís Facebook and social games, whether itís innovations in things like free-to-play, they happen where people can experiment and do different things and they donít happen in places where there are rigid, enclosed rules that restrict people."
And if you read closely, you will spot mention of possible Valve hardware having to be produced if they have to. Details on what might exactly be included in this 'Steam Box' can be found via a report by The Verge.
Quoting The Verge
"...though it will likely ship with a proprietary controller. It's possible that the controller will even allow for swappable components, meaning that it can be reconfigured depending on the type of game you're playing. Think that sounds odd? Well Valve filed a patent for such a device last year."
It seems there are more exciting ideas and things on the way from Valve.