Valve Announces Source 2, Steam Link
Valve has used the original Source engine since the days of Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2, but the company used this year's GDC as a platform to announce the successor, Source 2.
The announcement isn't exactly a surprise; years ago, Valve's Gabe Newell confirmed that company was working a new version of the engine. However, the formal announcement means that we have a better idea what the engine can accomplish.
"With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity. Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not for just the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games," says Valve's Jay Stelly in a press release.
Valve also revealed a product called Steam Link, which is a unit that allows you to stream Steam content from your PC or Steam Machine to other devices on the same network. The basic unit will cost $50, but comes with a Steam Controller for an additional $50. Steam Link supports 1080p, and will be available in November.
I'm sure that we will see the Source 2 announcement bear fruit in the future, but the reveal of a new engine falls a little flat without a new game to demonstrate the capabilities alongside it. I know that legions of gamers hoping to play Half-Life 3 are thinking the same thing.