Speaking to IGN, Valve’s Greg Coomer said that Valve will not be making or encouraging others to make games exclusive to SteamOS or Steam Machines. “You won’t see an exclusive killer app for TeamOS from us. We’re not going to be doing that kind of thing.”
Valve’s Anna Sweet added that this will be the same for third-party titles. “Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platforms,” Sweet said. “Because we think that customers are everywhere, and they want to put their games wherever customers are. That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam machines.”
“Because if it can run in both places, we don’t like to create those artificial barriers to accessing content,” Coomer continued. “We believe that, in maybe five years from now, folks will find it a quite antiquated notion that you should assume that when you change devices or platforms, that you lose all of your other games and friends. We’re hoping to unify, to get Steam to be as platform- and context-agnostic as possible. You shouldn’t have to shed that every generation, or even slightly shed it.”
The first images of a prototype Steam Machine have also been released as part of a Seattle Times article, which also suggested that a variety of Steam Machines will be unveiled in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.