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  • Valve’s Steam Summer Sale comes early, has added Adventure mode

    Gamers upset that Valve hasn’t actually officially launched its Steam Machine platform yet, can today take comfort in the company’s massive annual Steam Summer Sale. Valve, through its Steam store, is offering discounts on “thousands” of gaming titles for the next ten days. Although the sale is earlier than last year’s, the company will still be offering its customary daily deals, community choice sales and a sales-orientated meta-game, allowing members to win additional titles. This year, eight-hour flash sales also join the fold, because waiting sucks. Current daily deals on offer include the dark DayZ, cut by a measly 15% to US$25.49....

  • Steam Music enters invite-only beta

    Steam sales and downloads have been tremendous, numbering in the hundreds of millions. There’s apps now, Steam OS, Big Picture mode for our luscious LCD TVs, even Steam Machines. Recently, Steam added another reason for you to download it, namely Steam Music, a beta invite-only service which will let you listen to your music library while you play. Valve, developers of Steam, say that when you’ve finished “pointing Steam to your local library”, it’ll add album and artist views to your music collection. Here’s how you sign up: head on over to the Steam Music group and click “Join Group”....

  • Do we even need Steam Machines?

    While the world continues to mourn the lack of information on Half-Life 3, Valve has decided that it hasn’t quite finished playing with our hearts. Though it’s decreed 2014 a big year for gamers, it’s not quite for the reasons we’d hoped (read: more Half-Life). No, Valve has instead unveiled a machine that combines the power of the traditional PC with the portability of the everyday console. Except Valve isn’t going to make it — at least not entirely. So let’s get this straight. Valve is readying the Steam Machine, a console that works on its proprietary Steam operating system....

  • Things heat up as Valve reveals 14 Steam Machines [CES2014]

    Steam Machines are a go. Today at CES 2014 Half Life 2 creator Valve announced its lineup of Steam Machines, PCs custom-fitted to run Steam OS — which is in turn based on a custom build of Linux. Starting from “as low as US$499″, there are the 14 Steam Machines coming in 2014. “The first generation Steam Machines offers something for every gamer, which is a critical part of extending Steam into the living room. With over 3 000 games and more than 65-million gamers on Steam, it’s important to offer gamers a variety of Steam Machines that allow them...

  • Steam Machine beta unboxed, torn down

    The time has finally come. At the start of this weekend, Valve shipped out 300 units of its much anticipated gaming console — Steam Machine (beta version) — to developers to give them a taste of the hottest beta of the year. Luckily for us, those 300 developers have been busy: testing, unboxing, tearing down, and of course, playing. Even luckier for us those 300 developers have filmed their antics as reported by BGR, and we’ve compiled a collection of videos showcasing the Steam Machine (beta) in all its glory. So let’s see what we’ve got. The box, which was wooden for some...

  • Steam users surpass record-breaking 7-million concurrent users

    This past weekend (and still running) was Valve’s game-distribution company, Steam’s, massive Spring sale. And in the grand spirit of Black Friday, gamers from across the globe basked in the glory of cheap PC titles. So much so that Steam managed to get a massive 7.19-million customers on 1 December. If we look at the stats, the most popular game of all time is the free-to-play Dota 2, with more than a massive 500 000 daily peak concurrent players. This is followed by Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. While Steam does distribute...

  • Steam’s Black Friday Spring sale kicks off with great PC titles

    It’s time for the weekend and the Steam Spring Sale just keeps getting better and better. In the Western part of the world it’s Black Friday, and Steam has decided to make everyone’s weekends by announcing ludicrous discounts on its selection of digital PC games. Similar to the Steam Summer sale we saw earlier this year, we can expect to see some really great titles available for next-to-nothing this weekend. Starting on 27 November all the way though to 3 December, we’ve already seen saucy deals like Dead Island for only US$5 and The Walking Dead for nearly US$6. All...

  • Valve has virtual reality plans, but it’s not telling until January 2014

    Valve, creator of Half Life and digital game distribution platform Steam, will introduce virtual reality (VR) hardware by 2014 at the Steam Developer Days, a weekend-long game developers conference in Seattle. From 15-16 January, Valve’s Mike Abrash and Joe Ludwig will discuss how it plans to use VR with Steam, and demo its own “affordable” VR device, reads the official Steam Dev Days post. The press waffle is as follows: “We’ve figured out what affordable Virtual Reality (VR) hardware will be capable of within a couple of years, and assembled a prototype which demonstrates that such VR hardware is capable...

  • Steam Machines set to launch January 2014, prototype gets pictured

    After much teasing ever since the so-called “Steam Box” was demonstrated at CES 2013, Valve has finally announced it will reveal its PC, console hybrid Steam Machines as well as its official hardware partners at CES 2014. Hopefully it will finally launch soon after that. According to The Verge on 7- 10 January we will see a bunch of unique Steam Machines revealed with different specs to cater the broad range of different gamers. As Valve’s Anna Sweet notes: “We have 65 million Steam users. They’re a broad range of gamers. They all have different priorities when it comes to buying...

  • PC gaming’s not dead yet: Valve’s Steam now has 65-million gamers

    Steam is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. And what a celebration it is. The company has reached new milestones this year with new innovative hardware products. More recently though, Valve’s digital games platform has hit 65-million active users. As reported by The Verge, Steam has managed to increase the amount of players by 30% since last year. According to the stats, the most popular game is the free-to-play Dota 2, with more than 500 000 daily peak concurrent players. This is followed by Team Fortress 2. While Steam does distribute third-party game titles, the two most popular titles...

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