Valve is a developer known for generally being quiet about their current projects. Even with the overwhelming demand for Half-Life 3, the company has remained quiet on the subject for years. In January 2014, Valve held its first-ever “Steam Dev Days” conference which saw other developers from around the world come together to talk about PC gaming and accessories. Instead of doing SDD for another year, they are looking to head to the Game Developers Conference.

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world’s largest and longest-running game industry event for professionals only. That means, only game developers and a few journalists are allowed – no fans can buy tickets. Professionals ranging from programmers, artists, and designers to business decision-makers attend instead of general admission and fans..

Even if Valve isn’t doing their own SDD conference again, it is clear they still have something big planned for GDC. “This year our focus will be a bit different, so we are planning a larger than usual presence at GDC,” a Valve representative said. “So, there will not be a Steam Dev Days this year, but we will certainly consider doing it again in the future.”

Valve is open to doing another SDD in the future if the company has any new and exciting technology to talk about. From what is currently known, Valve is looking to unveil a lot of information regarding their controversial Steam Controller, which has been in production for a few years now.

Origin PC’s CEO Kevin Wasielewski said to GameSpot, in reference to the Steam Machine, “I think that’s kind of pretty much dead,” …”It’s like a living room PC–is now the new term. Living room PCs have been around forever. That’s not anything new either. But it seems like there’s a legitimate demand and push for living room PCs.” Steam machines were meant to be a computer-based console for living room – instead of having to build a good computer or to buy an expensive one just to play games, the Steam Machine would have been comparable to an PS4 or an Xbox in terms of functionality, but more so with PC games.

Since there hasn’t been any concrete information given in terms of Steam Machines and Controllers, it will be interesting to see how Valve handles it all at GDC. Right now it’s looking likely that if nothing else their controller will be unveiled, and maybe they’ll touch on the Steam Machine as well.


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