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.
An unboxing video of the Steam Machine and the Steam Controller has already been posted by a Youtube user, Corey Nelson. These show the absolutely new and spotless Steam Machine and Steam Controller being taken out of its box. The system is going to be transported very securely in a wooden box, which ensures that there are no damages.
iBuyPower has finally given away its own alternative and the Steam Machine is not the least bit on the cheaper or affordable side by the attractiveness will surely catch everyone by interest. It appears to be everything that a gamer can wish for and is perfect for those who pay equal amount of attention to the physical attributes.
Valve has just released a demonstration trailer that shows how their newly announced Steam Controller works with actual gameplay showing off its flexibility, customization options and innovative functionality.
When Valve announced their Steam Machines BETA program and listed the specifications for the BETA units the GPUs that were listed included the NVIDIA GTX Titan, GTX 780, GTX 760 and GTX 660. So it looked like official Steam Machines would be an all NVIDIA affair. In a recent interview Valve’s Doug Lombardi said that this is not true.
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