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All posts tagged "Valve"

  • 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”....

  • 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...

  • VR headset Oculus Rift headed for Android but not ‘problematic’ iOS

    Oculus VR announced yesterday that the virtual reality gaming headset, Oculus Rift, is coming to mobile gaming. According to GamesBeat, soon we’ll be able to take our VR headset with our tablets and smartphones to enhance our gaming and movie watching experiences on-the-go. Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe officially announced this plan at the GamesBeat 2013 event, but there aren’t a lot of details as of yet. He did note however that the plan is to launch the mobile and PC headset as close as possible if not simultaneously. As noted by GamesBeat, this device will be a “lighter, consumer...

  • Steam Controller quietly reinvents the gamepad

    Steam surprised us a little by launching the “Steam Controller” this weekend. We knew that Valve was working on a Steam Machine, but had no idea that it was going to deliver a “new way to play your entire Steam library from the sofa” so soon. Sneaky, sneaky Valve. “We realised early on that our goals required a new kind of input technology — one that could bridge the gap from the desk to the living room without compromises. So we spent a year experimenting with new approaches to input and we now believe we’ve arrived at something worth sharing...

  • Linux is the ‘future of gaming’ as Steam Box gets possible announcement date

    Valve is planning on revolutionizing the idea of video gaming,  again. At LinuxCon 2013 yesterday, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell said that Linux is the “future of gaming” and hinted at the possible announcement of the company’s open-source PC console called Steam Box. Despite the year-on-year declines in the PC market of which Linux holds the smallest of all the operating systems, Gabe Newell believes the open-source OS is the future of gaming. “On the other hand, PC gaming seems to have been immune to this downturn.” With some help from Valve, this future is going to include hardware designed for...

  • ‘Portal’ now available for Steam on Linux

    Update: Portal 2 is on the Linux Steam store under “all games” but it’s greyed out, and can’t be purchased. Perhaps it’s scheduled for a later date? We’ll update the story as soon as Portal 2 is purchasable. Valve’s popular first person puzzle games Portal are now available on Linux via Steam. Since the official release of Steam on Linux in February, statistics have shown a decline in its users. Meaning that the release of Portal natively doesn’t come as a complete surprise, the platform needs a hit. Other games like Left 4 Dead 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are also on its...

  • Geeks rejoice: Valve and Star Trek director keen to make Portal or Half-Life film

    Sometimes it just takes two nerds with a passion for games and movies to get together. At the 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas, Star Trek and Star Wars: Episode VII director JJ Abrams and Valve co-founder Gabe Newell spoke about producing games together and films based on games such as Half-Life and Portal, according to a Polygon report. During the discussion, Abrams said: “It’s as real as anything...