Valve declared all out war on closed platforms (consoles, windows, etc). I keep hearing people commenting about how the GabeCube is going to destroy consoles. I, on the other hand think consoles are destroying themselves just fine, right now. I see storm clouds on the horizon. I can feel the cool breeze and smell the wet ground on the wind. There is another video game crash about to happen, 1983 style. The closed platform bubble is about to burst. In the next 10 years, the only platforms that will be viable to develop for will be PC and mobile. We have been seeing Valve officially begin preparing for it over the last few days. Once consumers start rejecting closed platforms en-mass, the GabeCube is going to have a large enough library to attract all but the most die-hard fanboys. Once the bubble pops, once great companies will be devastated. Nintendo will be the worst hit. They will be reduced to a memory and a handfull of IPs. I would expect old titles to start popping up on mobile devices once they are sold off. Microsoft is going to go back to what they do best, selling office and windows to enterprises and OEMs. The Xbox brand will be reduced to little more than a Metro tile. I wouldn't expect to see any new AAA titles for the PC platform, just metro apps. Sony will go back to being largely a consumer electronics company. I would expect a AAA PC title every once in a while, but mostly they will be making Android devices and games to go with.
Steam is set to see some Ryandian levels of growth over the next 10 years. They are already the biggest name in PC gaming. Once the console bubble pops, Gabe will watch as his biggest competition crumbles around him. Until the mobile and PC platforms merge, Valve is going to be gaming. I fully expect Valve to become one of the largest and most profitable entertainment companies in the world before too long here.