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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 ..."

- Early_Grayce see all 18 comments

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

3DMark attempts to benchmark Steam Machines

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 16, 2014 10:30am PST

There sure are a lot of Steam Machines to choose from. However, what offers the best bang for the buck? Futuremark has taken an early stab at benchmarking these systems with 3DMark.

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"The price and compact size on some of them makes for a nice way to bring your Steam library into ..."

- Junktown see all 12 comments

Steam Controller drops touch screen, adds physical buttons

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 15, 2014 3:00pm PST

New reports from Valve's developer-only Steam Dev Days reveal that the Steam Controller has been significantly revised

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"depending on the spacing, pressing button up + button right to give you up-right is really ..."

- SlingBlaze see all 50 comments

Valve: Steam Greenlight will eventually 'go away'

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 15, 2014 12:35pm PST

Valve is holding its Steam Dev Days conference and is hinting at an imminent demise for Steam Greenlight.

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"Hey Man, you know your totally right this is how the internet and tech works one goes down ..."

- valcan_s see all 21 comments

Steam Family Options launches out of beta

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 09, 2014 6:15am PST

As Valve winds up for the first wave of Steam Machines to hit living rooms this month, it's making sure the software is in shape too. One important feature for a more console-y system is a way to parents to keep innocent young eyes away from horrid adult content, so they can...

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"That's about right. Also, I'd be satisfied if this were tightly restricted, aka every computer ..."

- emarkp see all 22 comments

Steam Controllers will get another round of beta testing

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 08, 2014 3:45pm PST

The Steam Controller is odd. Even after a bit of hands-on time, we were a bit confused. Valve is planning on shipping out another batch of Steam Controllers to developers and users to get feedback.

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"If only Batmans batarang could do all of this. Controller tight."

- kenclopz see all 2 comments

Live from Valve's CES 2013 press conference

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 06, 2014 4:47pm PST

We're reporting live from the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, where Valve is throwing a pre-CES press conference to talk all things Steambox.

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"The PC form factor is not the only general purpose computer design available."

- singlespace see all 110 comments

Steam Machines available to purchase by the end of January

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 06, 2014 10:45am PST

Steam Machines will be launching at the end of this month. And at least one of them will include both Windows and SteamOS.

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"I don't want one. I'm very happy to see them. I feel like its a very smart move, but will pay ..."

- Lackadaisica see all 20 comments

Steam Machine partners include Alienware, Falcon Northwest, Origin

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 06, 2014 9:45am PST

While Valve has made its own prototype, the official Steam Machine roll-out will be dependent on the efforts of Valve's third-party partners.

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Shack PSA: Left 4 Dead 2 free for Christmas

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 25, 2013 10:35am PST

Valve is wishing everyone a Merry Christmas with a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2!

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"Man, I JUST bought the L4D2 4-pack on sale a month ago. Thought I got a good price, but ..."

- Bold see all 17 comments

Dota 2 opens to the public

By Steve Watts, Dec 17, 2013 2:00pm PST

Dota 2 is now open for all without the sign-up and queue process that Valve has been using to control player numbers.

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Steam Machine video shows off SteamOS

By Andrew Yoon, Dec 16, 2013 12:30pm PST

If you were one of the lucky 300, you received a Steam Machine from Valve for beta testing purposes. Corey Nelson happened to be one of the chosen ones, and he's sharing his experiences on YouTube.

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"Who says I give a shit? As long as there are fps on pcs I won't care what other people play on. ..."

- jtthe2nd see all 19 comments