In an interview with Polygon, Valve’s Gabe Newell discussed the game engine powering Steam, the recent announcements about a VR mode and much more.
Newell said the studio is still exploring its potential to expand Steam’s library, which has been growing steadily over the past few years.
“There’s a lot of stuff on Steam that’s new, and a lot that’s been around for a while,” he said.
“So the [Steam] catalog is really expanding, and we want to do more of that.
We’re looking at doing VR stuff, and [we want to] do more VR content.
That’s a big thing we’re looking into, and I’m excited about it.”
The next-gen engine that Steam will use is not a completely new one, though.
The company announced earlier this year that it would be using a “full-blown DirectX 11” API to support DirectX 12 in the near future.
While the API hasn’t been officially announced, Newell noted that the company is “not a developer of anything [yet],” which means that it could be coming out soon.
The full announcement is expected in the coming weeks.
“We’ve been working on the DirectX 12 support since 2014, so we’ve been building the codebase for the API for the last several years,” he explained.
“It’s just a matter of when and how.
We’ve got the engine that we want.
We can actually bring it to the market at the right time, and do it right, and really get to that point.”
Newell also discussed Valve’s plans for the next-generation SteamOS.
Valve is currently developing a Linux-based operating system that is designed to run Linux, Windows, and MacOS games.
Valve’s SteamOS will likely be an alternative to SteamOS on Linux and Windows, though, because Valve has already made the operating system more robust.
“SteamOS is going to be more stable, we’re going to have a more robust Steam experience, we’ve got more robust updates to the games that we’re releasing on Steam, and there will be a new OS,” Newell told Polygon.
“We want to make sure that there’s nothing broken, because if there is, it’s going to cause a lot more confusion and trouble.”
Newer than SteamOS is Valve’s next-Gen VR gaming platform.
Newer than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is a game called The Last of Us, which is currently in pre-alpha development on Steam.
New to the company than Steam is its own gaming console called Project Morpheus, which Valve hopes will allow it to build a VR headset that can compete with the Oculus and PlayStation VR.