Valve, the company behind Steam, is trying to revolutionize the idea of a video game console by combining its preeminent video game distribution platform with the power of Linux PCs. For months, the company’s been silent about the subject, but it sounds like we could get some new details very soon. Today, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell called Linux “the future of gaming” at a keynote at LinuxCon 2013, and revealed that the company plans to offer more information about “the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room” as early as next week. Valve met with hardware partners to develop TV-friendly gaming PC prototypes back at CES in January, and the company said it would roll out those prototypes over the summer months. While the company told us that it was working on its own box, the Steam Box project is really about creating a blueprint for other manufacturers to build devices around.