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Steam update lets you download games while you’re playing. Spare Humble keys now giftable

Humans are bad multitaskers. The number of times I’ve tried to drink tea and shower and ended up with a watery tea and scalded chest, well, it …

Metro: Last Light bundled with Steam Machine prototypes

Deep Silver and 4A Games announced today that Metro: Last Light will be bundled with the 300 Valve-produced Steam Machine systems going out to beta testers later this year. The publisher also confirmed that Metro: Last Light will support for Steam OS and the Steam Controller when they are released …

'Half-Life 3' Won't Be A Steam Exclusive

If and when Valve ever makes Half-Life 3, you won’t have to get Steam to play it. In an interview with IGN, Valve says that it wouldn’t dream of using its software division to make exclusive games for the Steam OS, because that just isn’t the way Valve looks at the world.<p>“You won’t see an exclusive …

The future of PC gaming: the living room

<i>Illustration by Marsh Davies</i><p><i>All week long, we're peering ahead to what the future holds for the PC gaming industry. Not just the hardware and</i> …

Valve says it wouldn't make 'Half-Life 3' a SteamOS exclusive

For decades, each new video game console has offered exclusive games you couldn't play anywhere else. Nintendo has Mario. Sega had Sonic. Microsoft has Halo. But Valve, developer of <i>Half-Life</i>, <i>Portal</i>, <i>Team Fortress</i>, <i>Left 4 Dead</i> and <i>Dota 2,</i> says it won't play its trump card. Though the company plans to …

Who Will Buy A $500 Steam Machine?

A few days ago, we finally got a look at the hardware, price and a few performance markers of one of the many 3rd party manufactured Steam Machines being crafted at Valve’s behest to supposedly complete with Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4, or even PC gaming itself.<p>Jason Evangelho wrote up what …

PC is 'superior' to PS4 and Xbox One, says Nvidia

PC systems are the superior choice for gamers still deciding whether to purchase the recently released PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, Nvidia's Matt Wright told MCV in the wake of the company's release of a series of smaller livingroom-friendly PCs.<p>"We are proposing small form-factor PCs to be …

Explore Steam in virtual reality with Oculus Rift

The beta version of SteamVR is available starting today, giving users a different way of interacting with Steam using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.<p>The announcement was made by Valve programmer Joe Ludwig on Steam's newly created SteamVR app section of the website, in a statement that …

Valve says virtual reality hardware could transform entertainment in two years

Perhaps no company in the video game industry is as prescient as Valve. The <i>Half-Life 2</i> developer foresaw the coming importance of digital distribution in 2003, fighting against market forces to launch its Steam platform. Now, more than a decade later, it sees another major change on the horizon …

Your Entire Steam PC Game Library -- Coming To An iPad Near You?

Valve publicly launched Steam In-Home Streaming today, a feature which allows users to stream games from their main gaming PC to lower-end networked computers running Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, or Steam OS. But a description of the service on Valve’s official landing page lends support to the notion …

Steam In-Home Streaming now beams PC games to any room of your house

It has been in beta since mid-November, but Steam's In-Home Streaming is now available to all. Folks who have a fleet of computers at home can link 'em up and then remotely install and play PC games just like you were sitting at your desk. As you might expect, this also enables access to titles on …

Valve Delays Steam Controller to 2015

Fate of supporting Steam Machines unknown.<p>Only five months after unveiling its hardware at CES, Valve has officially delayed the release of its …

Alienware's Steam Machine starts at $549 and launches this holiday season

Alienware is no slouch when it comes to cranking out high-end gaming PCs, but its approach to Valve's Steam Machine project is a bit different. The company is looking to deliver a high-quality PC gaming experience to the living room, but the execution doesn't sound much different from the …

Valve Unveils Revamped Steam Controller

Third time lucky.<p>Valve has revealed a new version of its Steam controller, now with added analogue stick.<p>The design was discovered by SteamDB, and …

Steam celebrates 11 years and everyone loves it now | PC Invasion

Steam celebrates another year of serving PC gamers everywhere.<p>When <i>Steam</i> launched back in in 2003 it wasn’t exactly greeted with enthusiasm. Valve was …

Steam's new Discovery Update makes it easier to find games you actually want

Valve lets you curate games for friends, family, and strangers<p>After discreetly tweaking its overall look, swapping some of its obsidian palette for varying shades of deep blue, Steam has launched its Discovery Update. The redesign introduces a brand new store front, along with a barrage of features …

Developers say they are feeling benefit of Steam's Discovery Update

Indie developers are already feeling the benefit of Steam's new Discovery Update.<p>Andrew Spearin, creator of the successful shooter <i>Insurgency</i>, posted a blog showing how much the new update has popped his metrics, overnight.<p>"Visits to our store page (recorded by Google Analytics) went from 5,800 on …

Destiny's story, explained

YouTube user Marszie has undertaken a daunting task: to recap and explain the story of <i>Destiny</i>. In a video fittingly named "<i>Destiny</i>'s story in 4 minutes (give or take ten minutes)," he goes through the entire plot, within the context of how the story elements relate to the tasks given to the …

Report says Xbox One's launch in China much more successful than Japan's

The Xbox One appears to have had a better debut in China than in Japan, although being the first foreign-made console legally for sale there since 2000 probably helped stoke anticipation for it.<p>The Chinese games website 17173 reports that the Xbox One sold more than 100,000 units on its first day …

Does Minecraft Teach Children To Be Programmers Or SysAdmins?

<i>Answer by Hadi Partovi, CEO, Code.org. Tech entrepreneur/investor, on Quora</i><p>If you’re just getting started, using Minecraft as a simple user teaches you to build things, in the same way that LEGO does. In other words, you learn how big things are built by a combination of little things, and if you …

Alien: Isolation - Launch Trailer - IGN Video

Amanda Ripley is searching for her mom in this survival-horror game, which comes out this week.

Out This Week: October 6, 2014

A jam-packed early start to October with over a dozen high-profile new game and movie releases, including Driveclub, Skylanders and Alien: …

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Plex app for Xbox One lets you stream your own videos

The Plex media-streaming app is now available on the Xbox One video game console. That enables video fans to watch their personal media on a big screen.<p>Xbox compatibility is one of the most-requested features of the Plex app’s 3 million active users. The app helps organize collections, as you can …