At GDC Valve has announced a new product called Steam Link that will come out later this year. This product is “designed to extend your Steam experience to any room in the house” according to the official announcement from Valve.
Dota 2 broke the 1 million mark for concurrent users this past weekend. That means that there were over 1 million people actively playing the game according to Steam. This is the first game to break the 1 million concurrent user mark on Valve’s Steam client.
Valve has been making progress with Steam OS and In-Home Streaming, and hardware vendors have been trying to find a balance of performance and value. Sporting a small lightweight form factor, quad-core processor, and an SSD, Syber Vapor STREAM has found that balance of performance and value.
Taking a page from Twitch.tv Valve has launched Steam Broadcasting allowing Steam users to broadcast their games and watch other gamers who are broadcasting. The very public beta of Steam Broadcasting was launched yesterday and it is built right into the Steam client. You also have the ability to watch games via your browser through the Steam community right now.
While it is not as big as the Summer Sale, Steam has kicked off their Halloween sale! This sale brings discounts to different types of scary, horror, gore, and spooky games. While most of the games I’ve seen in the sale are a little old now, this discounts are pretty good and if you were holding out now is the time to buy!
Over the past week Overkill has been running an event called “Crimefest”. This event was started to bring as many people as possible into their Steam group for PAYDAY. The goal was to hit 1.5 million members before October 18th and they have already hit their target so they are giving us PAYDAY: The Heist free to play for one day!
Yesterday Valve launched the Steam Discovery Update which they say “introduces new functionality and features designed to optimize the Steam shopping experience as the number of new titles on Steam increases.” Steam has also announced that their user-base has increased to over 100 million active accounts!
Valve has been working on their own Steam Machines for quite some time now. This process has gone through many live tests and beta units that have lead to changes and refinements a long the way. Valve wants to deliver a powerful and stable console-like experience on the PC platform. This of course is going to take a lot of time.
At CES we had a chance to sit down with iBUYPOWER to talk about their upcoming Steam Machine. They have a very interesting take on the whole Steam Machine idea and their pricing of $499 to start really does reflect that.
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