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  • Valve Takes On Twitch With Steam Broadcasting

    Valve Takes On Twitch With Steam Broadcasting

    There’s a new entrant in the already-competitive online game streaming space: game developer, publisher, and retailer Valve just announced the beta version of Steam Broadcasting, a tool for watching your friends play from within the company’s popular game store and community hub. Read More

  • Valve Shows Off Its Polka Dot VR Headset

    Valve Shows Off Its Polka Dot VR Headset

    Watch out, Oculus. Here comes Valve. The gaming giant recently demonstrated a prototype VR headset with wearers reporting impressive results. The odd-looking headset is speckled with dots, allowing a table-top camera to track the headset’s location. Wearers report that there are two screens on the inside, although in this prototype, not all of the screen is visible. Clearly the device is… Read More

  • Valve Delays The Touchpad-Happy Steam Machine Controller

    Valve Delays The Touchpad-Happy Steam Machine Controller

    The future of gaming will have to wait. Valve has pushed the Steam Machines’ novel controller release from 2014 to 2015. Essentially, it will be released when Steam thinks its ready and not a minute before. Smart. Read More

  • Nvidia Shield Gets Half-Life 2 And Portal As Valve Classics Get Their Android Moment

    Nvidia Shield Gets Half-Life 2 And Portal As Valve Classics Get Their Android Moment

    Nvidia’s Shield mobile gaming console has two powerful new titles under its belt today – Half-Life 2 and Portal, both from celebrated developer turned platform creator Valve, and both appearing for the first time on Android. Nvidia worked on these ports with the guidance and blessing of Valve, so they’re understandably exclusive to the graphics company’s unique… Read More

  • Steam Adds Easy Access To Virtual Reality Mode In Latest Beta, So Boot Up Your Rift

    Steam Adds Easy Access To Virtual Reality Mode In Latest Beta, So Boot Up Your Rift

    Valve has updated its Steam beta client (via Engadget), and the new software introduces an easier way to get at the company’s new virtual reality mode for its platform. Previously, access had to be gained via command line prompt, but now, there’s a new item added to the View menu that lets you switch to VR mode easily. You’ll only see it if SteamVR is also installed, and if… Read More

  • What Games Are: Local Stream Gaming

    What Games Are: Local Stream Gaming

    Valve and Sony both made big announcements at CES, but both visions look problematic. Sony is trying to push cloud-service gaming, an idea that failed with Onlive. Meanwhile Steam Machines seem overpriced and it’s hard to know what problem they solve. Are both over-solving a much simpler problem: local streaming of games in the home? Read More

  • What Games Are: Steam’s Big Bet

    What Games Are: Steam’s Big Bet

    With new consoles and microconsoles starting to pop into existence, this week Valve finally revealed its answer: SteamOS. Steam Machines. Steam Controllers. Boom. Its ambitions are not to launch a console but a whole solution for home gaming entertainment. In a sense it has to. Read More

  • Valve’s Second Hardware Announcement Is The Futuristic Tactile Steam Controller

    Valve’s Second Hardware Announcement Is The Futuristic Tactile Steam Controller

    Nobody expected that, but Valve’s most exciting announcement of the week might be a game controller. The Steam controller is a futuristic touch-enabled gamepad with a small screen sitting right between your two thumbs. The company promises that the controller will work with any game as it is a very malleable device. Valve has taken a hint or two from the smartphone world and ported it to… Read More

  • Valve To Launch A Prototype Steam Box And Multiple Steam Machines In 2014

    Valve To Launch A Prototype Steam Box And Multiple Steam Machines In 2014

    Following the announcement of SteamOS, Valve just unveiled the long-anticipated Steam Box — sort of. Instead of releasing a Valve-branded Steam Box, the company will actually work with multiple manufacturers to release a series of Steam machines for your living room. Yet, Valve also presented a specific prototype, a Steam machine designed by Valve. This particular machine is closer to… Read More

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