- Ouya will launch in 2013 and make virtually no impact. Its game line-up will be a list of unappealing ports. Worse, only two months later Microsoft and Sony will steal all attention by announcing their new consoles at E3.
- Both consoles will better support streaming of games, and Sony's console will allow any publisher--at their own discretion--to lock discs in a way that prevents them from being resold. Microsoft's console will come equipped by default with an improved kinect, or kinect-like device, and its marketing will be mainly directed at casuals.
- Microsoft's new console will have a seemingly rushed launch to meet Holiday Season 2013, and Sony will promise a Q1 2014 release, although it may possibly be pushed by then.
- In summer 2013, Valve finally starts talking in more detail about their steam console, although we have no known release date. Throughout the summer it will release more details and information, gauging excitement. Valve avoided E3 because they saw the console announcements coming.
- Valve's steam box launches Summer 2014 alongside some new Half Life content, and a new IP
- These 3, with the Wii U, will be the home console options through to 2020.
- Windows 8's app store will aggressively force top-tier developers to release on that platform as well as Steam. Steam is not going to touch Windows 8 with a 10-foot pole, although Users can still download Windows 7 steam on the Windows 7 desktop in Windows 8 (confusing, slightly, but this is how it is for now).
- Steam will try to slowly shift its weight onto Linux, the Mac and its new home console, but none of these paths will succeed. Most hardcore gamers are more likely to switch from Windows 7 to 8 than 7 to Linux. Many Linux distros aren't very well supported by the very expensive hardware these gamers have spent hundreds on (see: Gigabyte mobos), and Steam will always be available for them on Windows 7 (along with other game distribution platforms like gog, desura).
- Windows 9 will launch in 2015, backwards compatible with Windows 8 but not at all compatible with Windows 7 or prior. You won't be able to access apps except through the Windows 9/8 app store. Steam is nowhere to be found here.