Steam beta code hints at music, movies and TV shows on the way

Valve's Steam has grown from a distribution service to a full-on gaming platform, with plans continuing to bring it to the living room through its Steam Machines initiative for consoles. The Steam Machines program has apparently been delayed until next year, but as Valve eventually moves into this new space, its platform will need to evolve too. 

Modern consoles offer not just gaming, but also access to a wide variety of entertainment services. It seems that this reality is not lost on Valve, as BGR reports. Twitter account @SteamDB noted that numerous new app types appear to be supported in the latest Steam beta update. Movies, TV shows, plugins and music are new additions that were not present in previous releases. 

This isn't the first time this has happened though - over a year ago, references to Spotify were found in Steam's code. Valve also launched a Steam Music service in an invitation-only beta back in February.

It would certainly seem to make sense for Steam to add support for these additional services and features, given that they're an integral part of the overall experience that users now expect with any console. 

Source: @SteamDB via BGR | original screenshot via Valve

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QFT. With Microsoft constantly crapping on its Windows userbase, trying to force a tablet UI on everyone, dumping Media Center, cancelling PC versions of games among their first party studios, paying other companies to keep games off PC (most recently the upcoming Tomb Raider sequel), its about time a new champion of PC living room entertainment stepped in.

SteamOS and Steam Machines cannot come soon enough.

Brado said,
dumping Media Center

I use Media Center on 8.1.. Whats stopping you?

Brado said,
its about time a new champion of *Console* living room entertainment stepped in.

Fixed.

Setnom said,
If this is true, let's hope they don't impose geographic restrictions.

I'm assuming this is more aimed at the 'Steam OS' big button mode for the living rooms, where people want access to such things as Netflix etc. So we might see Netflix type content via steam, if that's the case it's really going to be up to the providers of those services.

However this is valve, so I wouldn't really be surprised if they rolled out their own movie and archive to compete with the likes of Apple's iTunes, Amazon's prime etc.
At the end of the day, they're still going to be geo restricted by what ever the publisher of said content wants if they can't get a contract written up properly.

Personally, I'd love to see something like Plex integration, maybe support for TV tuners with DVR and TV schedules. Pretty much the only thing people use Windows Media Center for now anyway.

Setnom said,
If this is true, let's hope they don't impose geographic restrictions.
I'm more concerned about DRM, as the last thing I want is to have a Steam loading screen every time I go to view a TV show or movie. I love Steam but there's no way I'm paying for media content with DRM, especially if that will prevent it being played on other devices (phones, etc).

Setnom said,
If this is true, let's hope they don't impose geographic restrictions.

Any geographic restrictions wouldn't be Valve's choice, but forced by copyright holders. Get a clue.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I'm more concerned about DRM, as the last thing I want is to have a Steam loading screen every time I go to view a TV show or movie. I love Steam but there's no way I'm paying for media content with DRM, especially if that will prevent it being played on other devices (phones, etc).

You are hilarious. You love Steam but hate DRM. Do you have any other incongruous statements to make today?

The time to fight DRM was back in 04. Its too late now. The battle is lost and you Steam lovers fought for the wrong side. Enjoy your self made DRM purgatory.

Ashrak007 said,

You are hilarious. You love Steam but hate DRM. Do you have any other incongruous statements to make today?

The time to fight DRM was back in 04. Its too late now. The battle is lost and you Steam lovers fought for the wrong side. Enjoy your self made DRM purgatory.

Oh boy, if this argument wasn't dumb enough back in 2004, it certainly hasn't aged well now.

Enjoy your boring medialess existence.

Ashrak007 said,

Media existed before DRM. I win.

So you're just going to endlessly replay the same old content over and over again? Hahaha, that's even more sad.

Ashrak007 said,
You are hilarious. You love Steam but hate DRM. Do you have any other incongruous statements to make today?
Steam arrived at a time when DRM was getting ever more intrusive - limited activations, degraded experiences for illegitimate copies, disc checks, etc. It offered a better alternative. It also offers additional features that make it worthwhile, like the community and Steamworks features.

Just because I love Steam doesn't mean that I can't criticise it.

Now if they just do a nice 30 buck annual subscription to rent their vault items and play as you want.

A Package with unlimited Movies, Music and Games would be going for over £100 a year if they will offer it with a client for smartphones and tablets. I would certainly be willing to pay between £100 and £200 if the content would be "on time"

Love how folks these days get excited about "renting" or "subscribing" to things. Mabye I'm old fashioned but I miss the days when I could "own" the items I buy. I know.. crazy right?

Ashrak007 said,
Love how folks these days get excited about "renting" or "subscribing" to things. Mabye I'm old fashioned but I miss the days when I could "own" the items I buy. I know.. crazy right?

Well.. do you own a movie you watch in the Cinema or the Song you listen to in the Radio?:o .. crazy right

I'm imagining things that Steam's TV show, music, and movies are all optimized for gamer. Music, movies, tv show for gamer? yeah, shut up and take my money!

Robot Emas said,
I'm imagining things that Steam's TV show, music, and movies are all optimized for gamer. Music, movies, tv show for gamer? yeah, shut up and take my money!

Doubt it. Stroking gamer ego doesn't create a compelling platform.

Steam will probably become a gamechanger in a few years, Im impressed by the linux version of steam. Steam will succeed at a unified Console/PC experience.

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