Today a representative from Valve reached out to us about a talk the company is hosting at GDC to go over “new features and updates” regarding the Steam platform, multi-platform networking API, market analysis, and more.
The full statement sent to us reads as follows:
On Thursday, March 21 at 12:45 pm, representatives from Valve are scheduled to give a presentation on the Steam platform in West Hall 2011 during this year’s GDC. Topics will include a global market analysis, information on the coming multi platform networking APIs, a first look at new features and updates, and more.
We did a little Googling and found the full listing for the talk on the official GDC website, which has a few more bits of information. In that listing the talk is titled “Steam Business Update (Presented by Valve)” and mentions Tom Giardino, Kassidy Gerber, Alden Kroll, and Ricky Uy will be presenting. The topic is stated as “Business and Marketing” and VR is not mentioned anywhere. We still think it’s a safe bet though.
With the in-progress Knuckles controllers likely nearing completion and the recent leak of the VR headset the company is working on, there is a lot to potentially discuss. Not to mention standard updates and information you’d expect at an event like this.
We won’t hold our breath, but an update on the VR games they’re working on would be lovely as well. When the headset was leaked we also heard from multiple sources the company is developing a Half-Life VR game to go along with it. Fingers crossed that gets formally announced at GDC too.
Since Oculus is already bringing Quest and HTC is bringing the Vive Pro Eye (and hopefully Cosmos), GDC 2019 would be the perfect time to announce something big officially, like a Valve first party VR HMD. Someone else at Valve is giving another talk at GDC about brain computer interfaces as well.
Fingers crossed that’s what we get! Let us know what you think they’ll announce and discuss at GDC next week on Thursday down in the comments below!