Valve co-founder Gabe Newell turned a few heads earlier in the week at the LinuxCon 2013 conference by saying the next step for his company is to release some work it's been doing on the hardware side of things. Many speculated he could be referring to an official Steambox, though even if that's the case, it won't be the only thing Steam is cooking up for next year. Valve will make three announcements next week.
If you head over to http://store.steampowered.com/living/room, you'll see the headline, "The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014," along with placeholders for three announcements at the bottom. The first one will be revealed on Monday, though there isn't much in the way of clues if you're trying to guess beforehand.
"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," Valve states on its teaser page. "Soon, we’ll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam."
Other than an official Steambox, it's possible Valve will announce a Linux-based Steam operating system to drive its hardware.