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valveValve Software, the Bellevue-based game developer and operator of the Steam video game marketplace, revealed today that it will be bringing some interesting new hardware to show off at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week.

In a new web page entitled “The Steam Universe is Expanding,” the company revealed that it will be demoing the refined Steam Controller for its Steam Machine gaming console initiative, along with new living room consoles and a “SteamVR” hardware system.

Steam is bringing the best games and user-generated content to exciting new destinations. At GDC 2015, we’ll be giving demos of the refined Steam Controller, new living room devices, and a previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system.

With the introduction of SteamVR hardware, Valve is actively seeking VR content creators. Are you a developer or publisher interested in experiencing the new SteamVR hardware? We’ll be giving scheduled VR demos during the week of GDC, March 4th-6th, 2015, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

It’s all big news for Valve, which has been fairly quiet on the subject of virtual reality as of late. The company lost some of the top people working on its virtual reality project to Oculus when that company opened up an office in Seattle.

The news of a revamped Steam Controller will be music to the ears of people looking forward to the Steam Machine consoles. A much-criticized controller sent Valve back to the drawing board and delayed the release of the consoles. Exhibiting a new controller will allow the company to collect feedback from the industry professionals who attend GDC as well as encourage those people to port their games to Linux so they can run on the Steam Machines when they launch.

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