Valve, the US-based video game developing company, will next week reveal more details about the gaming hardware it has been developing. The announcement was made during a keynote speech at the LinuxCon 2013 conference.
Next week's details are expected to be about the long-awaited Steam Box that the company has kept under tight wraps. The box is widely believed to be a gadget that lets people play games they have bought on Valve's Steam service on other devices.
Steam is one of the most popular platforms used by PC gamers to buy and access video games bought over the Internet. Valve uses it to promote its own titles as well as games written by third-party developers.
Newell's main hint towards news of the Steam Box came with the following comment in his speech: "Actually next week we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities that we see for bringing Linux into the living room, and potentially pointing further down the road to how we can get it even more unified in mobile."
In his speech, Newell insisted that the Linux open source software was the future of gaming because its innovation and openness stood in stark contrast to the closed worlds of consoles, mobile phones and tablets. He said that these features of Stream have protected the company from the structural decline that has affected the PC.
Newell said in his speech: "The next step in our contribution to this is to release some work we've done on the hardware side", which has excited gaming fans all over the world at the possibility of the Steam Box becoming more than just a concept.