What could Gabe Newell be planning? Is the Steam Box finally going to become a reality?
Let's take a look at the facts.
Last year, Valve released Big Picture for their digital distribution platform Steam, which allowed users to easily connect the service to their televisions. Even before Big Picture Valve has been quietly hiring people for hardware development, hardware that hasn't surfaced yet, though Gabe Newell has repeatedly assured the public that something is being worked on.
Oh, and Valve has posted a countdown until 1 PM Eastern under the url store.steampowered.com/livingroom.
The page teases that "The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014" and a statement reading, "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."