While delivering a keynote at LinuxCon in New Orleans today, Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell hinted at a Linux-related announcement coming next week, Ars Technica reports.
“Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there, and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room,” Newell mentioned during his keynote.
The information, it is believed, relates to what has tentatively been referred to as “Steam Box”—Valve’s Linux-based home console that has been on the gaming press radar since 2012. Earlier this year, in February, Valve launched Steam on Linux. Before that, in January, Valve hardware engineer Ben Krasnow confirmed the company was working on a home console that ran on Linux, but indicated that it was unlikely Valve would announce anything in 2013.
“It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming,” Newell said in reference to speaking at LinuxCon. “It’s sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope.”