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Source 2 engine driven by focus on user-generated content

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 04, 2014 6:30pm PST

Source 2, an engine Valve has confirmed in 2012 and has--in typical Valve fashion--spoken nothing of since. A new Reddit AMA with Valve's Gabe Newell gives us at least some insight into what's happening.

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"i'm sure there are many who've already worked out their own visions of how the story could end!"

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Steam Family Sharing now out of beta

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 01, 2014 11:00am PST

Valve is ready to bring families (or ten really close friends) a lot closer together, as the company has brought its Family Sharing program out of beta.

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"I somehow missed this in the FAQ. I agree that this limitation makes the whole system way less ..."

- dafugg see all 11 comments

Counter-Strike: GO 'Operation Phoenix' rises for $3

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 21, 2014 9:45am PST

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Operation Phoenix offers eight community-made maps, 13 new weapon finishes, and an in-game coin to help track your competitive stats. It'll run through June 4 for $2.99.

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Valve-produced Dota2 documentary Free to Play releases March 19

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 19, 2014 11:15am PST

Valve is making a feature-length documentary called Free to Play that follows three Dota 2 players as they venture to the Dota 2 International Tournament.

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"You are not alone! I'd rather play PS 2 games with Breivik than watch a documentary about this. "

- Kerranger see all 15 comments

Steam Dev Days videos let you stream Gabe Newell

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 11, 2014 1:00pm PST

Chances are you did not go to Valve's exclusive Steam Dev Days event. So now you can virtually attend with these videos.

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Steam Music announced, beta starting soon

By Steve Watts, Feb 03, 2014 11:30am PST

Steam will be getting a new Music feature soon, in beta testing on both the Big Picture and SteamOS interfaces.

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"Seems bizarre at first but I reckon they picked up on the fact that people like to listen to ..."

- enyakk see all 53 comments

Dota 2 adds two new heroes and 'Random Ability Draft' mode

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 30, 2014 9:00am PST

With Chinese New Year nigh, Valve has launched a honking great Dota 2 patch heralding a new special seasonal event. Yesterday's patch brought over two new heroes from the original DotA mod, Terrorblade and Phoenix. More weirdly, it added an astonishing new mode named 'Random...

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"You're talking about a DOTA player - for whatever reason, the communities for these types of ..."

- wytefang see all 10 comments

The Witness will support Valve's VR tech

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 25, 2014 4:00pm PST

Despite some early pessimism, The Witness creator Jonathan Blow is sold on the idea of Valve's VR prototype and his upcoming puzzle game will fully support it.

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"Ahh damn, I wondered why it looked familiar, he already confirmed it like six weeks ago."

- Kolzig73 see all 11 comments

Automatic refunds now available for Steam pre-orders

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 25, 2014 11:00am PST

Those suffering buyers remorse on a pre-order PC title will be relieved to know that Valve has streamlined the process of pre-order refunds, now issuing funds directly to a user's Steam Wallet.

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"Drama much. If you know it won't be released immediatly then you didn't get ripped off. If you ..."

- Curike see all 34 comments

SteamOS installer adds dual-boot support

By Steve Watts, Jan 23, 2014 10:00am PST

The latest beta version of SteamOS allows you to dual-boot your system, letting you try out the gaming-dedicated OS without reserving an entire box for it.

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Alienware Steam Machine has 'restricted' upgrades, PC is 'better' for hardcore

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 21, 2014 12:45pm PST

Alienware is speaking out about their upcoming Steam Machine model, noting that new models will arrive every year. Oh, and you can't upgrade your Steam Machine. That's an important detail.

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"You don't have to upgrade each year. Alienware will have an upgraded system each year. You can ..."

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Best of 2013: #6 - Dota 2

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 20, 2014 11:00am PST

Dota 2 is brilliant, but an absolute pig and a game I cannot recommend you play. You should, because it's the best game. But you won't like it, so don't. But honestly, do.

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"Couldn't have put it better. Its a horrible, horrible, wonderful, engrossing game."

- Zatric see all 3 comments

Valve's Abrash: VR could 'cause a sea change in the entertainment industry'

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 20, 2014 9:00am PST

Virtual reality really is happening for real this time, we're to believe, with the backing of industry luminaries like John Carmack and Valve. According to Valve's Michael Abrash, we should see worthwhile consumer-level hardware "within two years" which makes users feel like...

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"What? High end PC sales are growing. It's the low end of the PC market that is collapsing. "

- Wisp! see all 7 comments

Steam Machines support up to 16 players

By Steve Watts, Jan 17, 2014 10:00am PST

Steam Machines will support up to 16 controllers on a single device, according to developers attending Valve's Dev Days.

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"$200 Steam Streaming device which also streams media from the streaming PC and Media Centre that ..."

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Steam in-home streaming enters beta

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 16, 2014 2:45pm PST

One of the fancy features promised by SteamOS is the ability to stream Windows games over your home wireless network. And it's entered beta.

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"I was actually wondering how much power you need. Maybe Raspberry Pi could do it. "

- K1Bond007 see all 8 comments