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January 8th, 2013

Gabe Newell Reveals More Steam Console Details

Valve’s hotly anticipated Steam Box will feature a variety of hardware options — that range from cloud based streaming to high-end dedicated CPUs and GPUs — and will utilize biometrics but not motion input according to Valve’s Gabe Newell. Speaking to The Verge as CES, the big boss of Valve gave the most comprehensive set of [...]

December 9th, 2012

Gabe Newell: Valve Prepping Game Console

Gabe Newell confirmed that Valve will be entering the console business during an interview at the Video Game Awards on Friday. Speaking to Kotaku, Mr. Newell didn’t elaborate what a Steam console would look like — whether it would be a Linux-based Steam OS or a Windows-based HTPC made in partnership with an OEM — [...]

December 3rd, 2012

Steam’s Big Picture Brings PC Games to the Living Room

Valve released Big Picture mode for Steam today, and with it started a major sale on Steam’s most “controller-friendly” titles. Full controller support was enough to earn up to 75% off for array of games from Audiosurf to Alan Wake. Big Picture is essentially Valve’s attempt to make the PC into a living-room console, making [...]

October 2nd, 2012

Steam Releases First Non-Game Software Titles

Valve today moved only offering game titles on Steam with the launch of Steam’s first non-game titles. The Software titles now available via Steam are: ArtRage Studio Pro CameraBag 2 GameMaker: Studio 3D-Coat 3DMark Vantage 3DMark 11 Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, [...]

August 21st, 2012

Today is Launch Day for Counter Strike Global Offensive

On the month of the eighth anniversary of the launch of Counter Strike: Source, Valve has released Counter Strike: Global Offensive — a remake of the iconic shooter using the latest version of the Source engine. The game hits the PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow.     Below is a launch trailer for the game: [...]

August 13th, 2012

Valve Announces Steam Game Hub

Valve today announced that it plans to create social hubs in Steam that highlight user created content. These hubs will highlight and enable user-created screenshots, videos, and Workshop items for games across Steam in addition to having a forum component. Valve says every game will have a corresponding hub. “The New Steam Community is all [...]

August 8th, 2012

John Carmack Dismisses Valve’s Linux Aspirations, Cautious on Windows 8

John Carmack’s keynote at Quake-Con was marked with skepticism about both Valve’s Linux aspirations, and the future of Windows. Mr. Carmack, lead programmer and co-founder of id Software, identified the biggest problem with gaming on Linux is the user — they don’t want to pay for games. While Linux support creates goodwill amongst the open-source [...]

August 8th, 2012

Steam Moving Beyond Games Come September

Valve announced today that it plans to expand Steam’s offerings to “creativity to productivity” software come September. This follows a leak on the Steam mobile app, which advertised software categories such as photo editing, design, and video editing. Valve says many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features — like automatic [...]

August 3rd, 2012

Valve’s Mandatory Binding Arbitration Clause Not Valid in Canada

The mandatory binding arbitration clause found in Valve’s updated software service agreement (SSA) for Steam is not valid in Canada, according to a specialist lawyer who has spoken with Hardware Canucks. Mandatory binding arbitration clauses are put in place to prevent a class-action lawsuit from being leveled against a company. Electronic Arts has a mandatory [...]

August 1st, 2012

Valve Modifies Steam Software Agreement to Prohibit Class-Action Suits

In the wake of EA offering to settle a class-action claim regarding its Madden NFL and NCAA exclusivity deals, Valve has modified Steam’s Subscriber Service Agreement to effectively prevent a class action suit from being leveled against the company. “It’s clear to us that in some situations, class actions have real benefits to customers In [...]