The popular PC gaming service Steam is now available for Linux, with 60 supported games in tow. Steam allows users to purchase games, and provides features such as online play, achievements, and friend lists. Valve, the company behind Steam, released a closed beta for Linux in November, then launched the public beta in December. Now, the final version is available through...
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Similar to Microsoft’s reward and achievement system for the Xbox, Valve has come out with their own reward system for PC gamers on Steam, and they’re calling it Trading Cards. It’s launching in beta and it lets you earn rewards for playing Steam games. The Trading Cards will add to your “Steam Level,” as well ...
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Think of Valve's Steam Box as a PC. Its early prototypes might be squished into a small cuboid at the moment, they might be more at home under your television than your monitor, and - most shockingly - it might not be running Windows: but it is a PC.The Steam Box is designed to play PC games. Specifically, it's designed to play Steam games: Steam being the developer behind...
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Valve this week introduced its new Steam Early Access Games feature a way for gamers to actively take part in the development process of titles before they reach the market.
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Manufacturers have tried to put PCs in our living room for years, with mixed success. One of the most recent example is Alienware’s X51, which looks great in a home-theater rack, but delivers underwhelming performance when you use it to play high-end games with all their graphic settings cranked up. But this January, the "PC as a gaming console" construct took a new...
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A few weeks ago, games publisher Valve announced that it had invested in modular PC maker Xi3, and gamers have been waiting with fascination for more info ever since they came out in public. Since then, their status has changed to “it’s complicated.” It’s become apparent that Valve has at least one other significant other.
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For a product that's received so much attention from the technology press, it’s astounding how little we actually know about Valve’s Steam Box, the half-PC, half-console hardware concept that could potentially redefine the video gaming landscape. Sure, Valve boss Gabe Newell has offered some vague descriptions of his company’s plans, along with grand statements about the...
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Valve continues to talk openly about its Steam Box game console without really talking about it. The latest tidbit comes from the BBC, which spoke to Valve head Gabe Newell about the PC gaming company’s plans for the living room: “We’ll be giving out some prototypes to customers to gauge their reactions, I guess, in the next three to four months. “There are noise issues and...
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The lack of quality mass-appeal games on Linux is the critics' favourite excuse for dismissing Linux as a serious desktop operating system. We are glad to report that developments in the last few months will rob the peanut gallery of this reason for looking past Linux. If Linux has had an Achilles' heel, it's gaming. Sure there are top-quality open source games, but not...
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Valve has long been the bringer of many things good in the PC world, and now it looks to extend its dominance to console fans with the Steam Box. But is there really a market for this technology?The vision for the Steam Box is an odd one, although the objective is clear: build a hybrid of the home console and the PC, powered by Linux and Steam's console-style Big Picture...
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