Valve doesn’t make it a habit to visit the annual Consumer Electronics Show. This year is markedly different as the developer-turned-digital distribution leader-turned-hardware maker prepares to send us deeper into their world of Steam Machines and SteamOS. They’ve already tipped their 12 handpicked partners, so I’m expecting crucial details like release dates, pricing, and in-depth looks at the hardware and, of course, the operating system.
5:05pm: The briefing is surprisingly short as Gabe pulls back the curtain on the 12 partner machines which will don the Steam Machine branding. Newell explains that he wants us to speak to the hardware makers, ask questions directly, and experience the hardware up close. That’s exactly what I’ll be doing. Keep it locked on this page for frequent updates throughout the night.
5:03pm: A press member asks a question about Microsoft’s Xbox One milestone of 3 million sold, wondering if Valve can reach that goal of Steam Machines sold by the end of 2014. Newell’s response “actually it’s gonna take them a long time to catch up: we already have about 65 million users.”
5:01pm: Newell: “The PC platform is successful because we all benefit from each other’s accomplishments.” He’s starting to discuss form factor issues, explaining that Valve wanted to follow the lead of certain partners (like Falcon Northwest for example), and shrink that form factor down.
4:51pm: We are live on the 55th floor of the Palm Resort in Las Vegas at the Ghostbar, the site of Valve’s CES 2014 press event.