Gabe Newell says Steam-related console news is coming this year

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Gabe Newell, the president and co-founder of Valve (the company responsible for PC game distribution service Steam), recently sat down for a chat with students at Sancta Maria College in Auckland, New Zealand. While he was there, one student asked him a question about future Steam plans. The highlight of the conversation can be heard on Reddit (via Ars Technica), though it’s also written out below.

“Will Steam be porting any games on consoles, or will it just stay on, uh, PC?” a student asked.

“You will have a better idea of that by the end of this year…” Newell responded, pausing to jokingly imitate the “ooh”s coming from the crowd. “And it won’t be the answer that you would expect.” He then claimed there would eventually be an “aha” moment for those wondering what he was cryptically alluding to.

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So, as usual, Newell gives the vaguest indication of something on the horizon, and all we’re left with is a tantalizing mystery. Will the thousands upon thousands of groundbreaking, experimental indie titles on Steam somehow find their way to, say, the Xbox Series X? Will Steam get some sort of major Xbox app with its own library, or is this all just a tease from Newell regarding something like future Steam Link functionality?

The possibilities are infinite. All that’s known is that whatever Newell is hinting at will receive more details this year, indicating the news will pertain to current-gen consoles.

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