Speaking at LinuxCon, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell gave a presentation about closed platforms and the company's increased interest in Linux for the future of gaming. Towards the end of the talk, he hinted at news that may be related to the long-desired "Steam Box."
"The next step in our contribution to this is to release some work we've done on the hardware side," Newell said. "Even more broadly in terms of the grand unification, we really don't think that the fragmentation around the physical location or the input devices of computation is either necessary or desirable for software developers or for consumers."
Continuing, he explained that "...none of the propriety closed platforms are going to be able to provide that grand unification between mobile, the living room, and the desktop. 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 with mobile."