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  • Valve Announces Source 2, And It’ll Be Free

    Valve Announces Source 2, And It’ll Be Free

    It’s been a good week for game developers. Unreal Engine 4 went free. Unity 5 came out, and a massive chunk of its once premium features went free. And now: Valve has just announced Source 2, the next generation of their Source game engine… and sure enough, it’s “free to content developers”. Best known as the engine that powers games like Half-Life 2, Team… Read More

  • Valve Announces Steam Link, A $49 Gadget For Streaming PC Games To Any Room In Your House

    Valve Announces Steam Link, A $49 Gadget For Streaming PC Games To Any Room In Your House

    Valve continues its push into hardware, as the company has announced that it plans to release a new gadget later this year that will let Steam users stream games from their PCs to any room in the house. Valve says the new gadget, which it’s calling the Steam Link, will sell for $49 when it arrives in November. Read More

  • HTC And Valve Partner To Make A VR Gaming Headset Called Vive

    HTC And Valve Partner To Make A VR Gaming Headset Called Vive

    HTC has just dropped another tidbit of news here in Barcelona, on the eve of the Mobile World Congress trade show. Namely that it’s gearing up to compete in the gaming wearable space, announcing a partnership with games publisher Valve to bring a virtual reality headset to market, called the HTC Vive — to compete with the likes of the Oculus Rift. Read More

  • 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

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