Many have assumed that Valve might broaden their offerings, and they will. We’re just not sure exactly what that means just yet. Earlier today a press release from Valve tells us they’re about to start selling “Software titles” on September 5th. Although there’s very little detail as to just what this software will be, but it won’t be games.
This is about all we get at the moment:
The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you.
Photshop? Microsoft Office? There’s certainly a few pieces of software I’d like to be able to have these features on, and perhaps they could even be selling game-related software such as 3DMark or FRAPS. Whatever it is, it seems others agree with the idea of Steam expanding from just games. “The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games,” said Mark Richardson at Valve. “They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests.”
I guess we’ll find out more within the next few weeks. But for now, what do you think? Do you want other software in your games store? Is there a particular piece of software you’d love Steam to stock? Let us know in the comments.
Oh, and if you’re listening Valve, or Adobe, a 75% off Steam Sale on Photoshop or Premiere Pro would be sweet!