Valve may be preparing to turn Steam more of an all-purpose entertainment platform. SteamDB found snippets of code in the latest Steam beta client that refer to new "app types," including movies, TV series, and music. A screenshot of the code appears in the tweet announcing the discovery:
The information in the tweet is the extent of what we know about these new app types. They join a range of existing categories that includes games, guides, demos, drivers, and applications. Valve hasn't commented on the new additions, though. Knowing the company, it could be years before anything related materializes—if it does at all.
Still, I can't help but be excited about the prospect. Steam's Big Picture Mode is already a good fit for home-theater gaming rigs, and more robust media functionality could make the software a one-stop shop for entertainment in the living room. Also, Valve has a history of handling digital distribution right—and of enabling independent developers and content creators to reach a wider audience. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.