Remember the craze around the Steam Box? That strange looking Steam Controller? Or that statement by Valve that they won’t be dabbling in VR? Well, Valve certainly remembers.
As per tradition, the sealed fortress that is Valve PR opened the gates very briefly before retreating back into silence, and graced the masses with a short message.
“Valve will show a family of new Steam devices at next week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CA. Products being demonstrated at GDC include Steam Machines with the final Steam Controller, new living room devices, and a previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system.”
Valve is inviting game publishers and developers alike to schedule demo appointments here.
Steam Machines is an on-and-off thing for Valve. It looked like they were really kicking things off when the first steam boxes were released, but the infamous controller and the SteamOS developed for this purpose were both delayed. The ever increasing popularity of streaming might end up making the idea of Steam Machines obsolete before they even launch.
The prospect of a Valve VR system is interesting, however, as until now Valve was adamant that they have had their fill of VR when they assisted with the development of the Oculus Rift, but no it seems that they are jumping on the bandwagon after all. It would do them well to speed things up a little though, since if they do things at “Valve-speed”, that particular market might be snatched away before they’re done as well.
GDC will take place from March 2nd to March 6th.