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.
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.
It looks like people really want Half Life 3. A new project has hit the IndieGogo crowdfunding site seeking $150,000 to pressure Valve into finishing the “game we’ve dreamed about for all these years”. The money raised will not go to any type of game development, but for a media blitz that will target Valve and its employees.
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.
Valve has already sent out 300 beta Steam Machine all of which came with a beta version of their Steam Controller. While the beta controllers did not have a touchscreen after testing by the beta users the controller is going under some changes and is ditching the touchscreen idea and adding more buttons.
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.
The guys over at iFixit got their hands on one of the Valve’s Steam Machine prototypes and they decided to do what they do best, take it apart. Their teardown shows you exactly what is inside the steam machine and how easy it is to open one up, if you are lucky enough to get your hands on one.