It looks like someone leaked the internal e-mail Steam had sent out to their partners about the upcoming Steam Autumn and Holiday Sale 2013. Funny that in red on the e-mail it says “Please DO NOT make the dates of the Sales public”. Whoops! A Reddit user leaked the e-mail and now everyone seems to know all of the details about both sales.
Well it looks like the “Steambox” will be a reality as Valve has announced their entry into the PC hardware world with Steam Machines. Steam Machines is a device that is bundled with Valve’s own SteamOS operating system and will allow you to play all of your favorite games in a living room setting.
Sharing games you have already purchased has always been pretty easy when it came to consoles, you would just take the disc or cartridge over a friends house. When it comes to PC gaming things are a little bit harder because of licensing issues and DRM. This might change very soon as the latest beta client of Steam has a short section of code that mentions a “Shared Game Library”.
Valve is always updating the Steam client. It seems every time I open it up to play a game game there is some type of update. There are normally bug fixes and other small improvements. According to Gamersbook Valve will soon be adding both a trading and gifting option to the client.
The announcement is short and sweet, and that’s all it needs to be. Linux gamers eager to play games from Valve and other developers natively can get on Steam now. The Steam for Linux beta client is now available to all Steam users, so if you’ve been patiently waiting for an invitation to join us, consider yourself officially invited! With a growing catalog of Linux-supported games, an active Steam for Linux community group, and a new GitHub bug reporting repository, the timing’s right to jump in and share your feedback.
Valve has been making a lot of headlines lately especially with their Big Picture Mode launching. Many people have suggested that Big Picture is just the first step in Valve creating a hardware solution for the home theater and we have even hinted at it before. Now that is all but confirmed as Kotaku says according to Valve boss Gabe Newell, “you’ll be able to buy a living-room-friendly PC package next year”.
Valve today announced the public release of Big Picture, Steam’s new mode that lets gamers access all of their favorite Steam games on a television from the comfort of their sofa. Big Picture has been designed to be used with a traditional gamepad, while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input. To celebrate the public launch of Big Picture, over thirty controller-friendly games will be on sale from now until December 10, with savings up to 75% off.
Valve has finally expanded beyond games on it’s extremely popular cloud gaming service Steam. Just launched is the new software section. To start there are only six titles: ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 11. While only having six titles does not seem like a lot it is a step in the right direction. In a press release Valve stated, “Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you.”
Jan 30, 2015 0