I've been talking a lot about Steam Machines (gaming PCs intended for the living room and shunning Windows in favor of Valve Software's SteamOS) and alternatives to Steam Machines lately. With CES over my dream of a new wave of Steam Machines has faded, and now I'll set my sights on the Game Developers Conference, which runs from March 2nd to March 6th this year.
You might remember that last year Valve ran its own developer show, Steam Developer Days. This year the company is opting to focus on the GDC instead.
Earlier this week Gamespot posted about a conversation they'd had with Origin PC CEO Kevin Wasielewski at CES, who said that the Steam Controller (a controller that is supposed to eliminate the need for a keyboard and mouse) is finally done:
"At GDC, they're going to have more information," Wasielewski said. "And we'll be there. That's the official stuff we can say. They came out with the controller, then they got some user feedback, and they had to revamp it; they got some more user feedback and had to revamp it again. So they went through that like three or four times. And now their controller is finalized. So now they're going to production and at GDC is when they're going to announce more stuff."
Wasielewski also told Gamespot that the term "Steam Machine" is "kind of pretty much dead" and that these are just living room PCs now.
To me, that suggests that SteamOS has been abandoned in favor of Windows. But maybe that wasn't the whole story. Or maybe it's just Origin PC's story.
Flip over to GameInformer and you'll hear another tale. A Valve representative told GI "We're planning a very large presence at GDC with Steam Machines being front and center."
Personally I'm not all that concerned about SteamOS, I just want that controller and to have it work seamlessly with all of my PC games. I can provide my own living room PC easily enough. I guess we'll have to wait until March to find out what's really going on. I sure hope Valve brings a firm ship date to GDC!