Last Monday, Valve's Gabe Newell hinted that more details about his company's Steam Box project would be announced this week. Since then, a mysterious countdown page has appeared on the Steam website. The page, entitled, "The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014," is counting down to 10:00 AM in Valve's time zone (Pacific Time). It also includes the following text:
Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads. This year we've been working on even more ways to connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room. Soon, we'll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam.
Interestingly, the countdown is tucked under the first one of three dark circles on the page. I can't really make sense of the symbols inside each circle, but it certainly looks like there will be more countdowns. Perhaps Valve is planning some sort of elaborate, multi-step crowdsourcing process—or maybe it will just milk the Steam Box reveal over a few weeks to maximize the hype.
Either way, I'm excited.
Oh, and there's a graphic of a cat and a game controller at the bottom. I guess you can't set up an announcement like this without pandering to meme-savvy gamers.