Gamers and industry followers are frothing at the mouth to hear the latest news coming by way of both Steam and Valve at CES this year. With mention of the “Steam Box”, new controller systems and rumor of Half-Life 3 (?) Steam diehards are on the edge of their seats. Below you will find some of my personal Steam related expectations from this years CES.
Lets start by saying that this year, Valve has gotten themselves a nice sized booth at the event. Could this be a sign that they have a lot to show off?
Left 4 Dead 3
Fact, Left 4 Dead 3 is in the making. It is expected that gameplay from this upcoming title will be viewable at some point in 2014.
All of us have high hopes that Half-Life 3 is in the making, but with Valve working hard on Left 4 Dead 3, it seems kind of hard to believe that they would have enough hands on deck to be developing Half-Life 3 at this point in time. With this being said, what better of a way to kick off the launch of the Steam box with Half-Life 3 being released at the same time. Now that would be a great way to kick some industry tail.
Yes, it is about as confirmed as it can be that vendors will be at CES sharing their versions of the Steam Box. Why is this great? We will probably have another look into how the Steam Box functions, we can get a better grasp on the machine stats and possibly a better handle on models, pricing and availability dates. Beware consoles, the Steam Box is coming to town and is going to throw some major competition your way.
The non Microsoft operating system of the Steam Box has been a hot topic for many Steam fans as of late. I am pretty sure there will be some information released regarding what gamers can expect.
With Steam developing a new controller which can be played with ANY Steam title, even those without controller support is kind of a big deal. This is something that needs to happen if Steam wants to convert console gamers into Steam gamers. The most common excuse we hear from gamers who have not yet made the switch to Steam is “I hate mouse and keyboard”. With this nifty controller, that excuse will no longer be valid.
If you have yet to see the demo of just how this controller functions, I have been generous enough to provide you with some footage below.
Awesome… I know.
What else would you like to see at CES this year? Any high hopes?
Keep your eyes here for Steam related coverage of CES 2014 starting Monday, Jan. 6th.