Items tagged with Valve

Valve has been no stranger to sharing some of its home-brewed technologies, and now that's being extended to VR, a market that the company is very serious about. The company has just decided to release its 3D tracking technology to anyone who wants it, and the best part is: it's royalty-free. In its press release, Valve's Alan Yates gives some feel-good vibes: "Making this tracking technology available to more partners is an extremely important step in the evolution of virtual reality and 3D tracking. We are very confident that doing so will result in new and innovative experiences for all VR customers."... Read more...
Valve is attempting to wipe its hands clean of the lucrative gambling business that's developed around its Steam trading system and Counter Strike: Global Offensive game. The company says it will send send letters to gambling sites that use its Steam platform and request that they cease operations through its cloud-based gaming service. "We’d like to clarify that we have no business relationships with any of these sites. We have never received any revenue from them. And Steam does not have a system for turning in-game items into real world currency," Valve's Erik Johnson stated in a blog post.This... Read more...
If you download games from Steam and Windows 10 is your operating system of choice, you are not alone. According to a recent Steam survey, nearly 45% of Steam customers use Microsoft's latest operating system. This is a a 3.26% increase from last year. It turns out that Windows operating systems dominate, period. 95.5% of Steam customers prefer Windows, including Windows XP and Vista. Only 3.6% of customers use OS X and less than 1% of Steam users prefer Linux. Despite these small numbers, OS X and Linux saw an increase in popularity with Steam users. The survey revealed other interesting features... Read more...
We've been hearing for quite some time now that virtual reality is the next big thing in gaming, and companies are just saying it, they're actively preparing for such a future. Take Valve for instance. Even though Valve is operating the most popular digital distribution system for games, along with various side projects, it's devoted around one-third of its talent to VR. That's according to Alan Yates, a hardware engineer at Valve who recently answered some questions at reddit. His posts weren't part of an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, but there were some interesting revelations nonetheless, the... Read more...
Valve just released a free Destinations VR creation tool and it was built with Valve's Source 2 engine. It is important to note that this is early access software and it will continue to develop as time goes on.The Destinations workshop page on Steam notes, “Early Access is a great way to get our community involved. While we continue to build out the features and worlds of Destinations, we are releasing a set of creation tools, sample worlds, and documentation for the creators of our community.” Valve's Destinations Workshop Tools let you create, share, and explore both real and imaginary... Read more...
Valve went out on a bit of a limb when it decided to design its own gamepad, but gamers have spoken and apparently they dig the the somewhat funky design. Otherwise, it's hard to imagine that Valve could sell over 500,000 of them, as it claims to have done in a blog post outlining some of the recent changes it's made. "We’re excited to announce that over half a million Steam Controllers have been sold. With every controller that comes online we get the opportunity to get more feedback on how to make the Steam Controller even better. We’ve been hard at work with the community, and wanted to share... Read more...
Want to play a fun drinking game? Take a shot of your favorite spirit every time you see a May the Fourth post referencing Star Wars Day on Facebook, just don't plan on going to work tomorrow, you're going to be hungover. Or you could call in sick to work to play all the discounted Star Wars games you bought from Steam!These aren't bite-size discounts, either. Steam busted out its big boy/girl lightsaber and sliced prices on dozens of Star Wars games, marking them down by as much as 77 percent in some cases. That includes the Stars Wars Collection, a bundle of two dozen titles with gems like Jedi... Read more...
Valve has decided to start accepting Bitcoin payments on Steam in an attempt to expand the accessibility its digital distribution empire into emerging gaming markets such as India, China, and Brazil. By adding Bitcoin to the mix, Valve is making it easier for gamers who live in places where traditional payment options aren't available to stock their online libraries. Bitpay will handle the logistics of accepting the popular cryptocurrency through Steam. According to Bitpay, it was Valve that approached the company to make this possible so that it could "easily reach gamers in every market around... Read more...
Valve took a major step in growing its Steam digital distribution platform today by adding movie rentals to the mix. The addition of movies to Steam's catalog is a first, and it was made possible through a deal with Lionsgate Entertainment that immediately fleshes out the service with more than 100 flicks. This is a big deal for Valve and its Steam platform, one that hints at the company's plans of expanding Steam into an entertainment juggernaut. Steam is already the biggest digital distribution platform on the planet for games, and while it has a long way to go before it can claim the same for... Read more...
There are few games out there today that enjoy as faithful a fanbase as Counter-Strike. With each new iteration that comes along, it's almost implied that most people will move on over. Today, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive regularly ranks #2 on Steam, with an incredible 590,000 players currently in-game as of the time of this posting. While CS: GO is clearly the dominant version in terms of userbase, it doesn't mean that the older titles have been abandoned. Not even close, actually. Counter-Strike: Source currently has 10,000 players in-game, while the original Counter-Strike has 22,500. You're... Read more...
Whether or not this latest push for virtual reality resonates with consumers and brings the technology into the mainstream remains to be seen. But it appears that all of the major players in the space, from the GPU manufacturers, to game developers, and VR leaders like HTC, Oculus, Samsung and Sony (among others) are all in it for the long-haul this time around. Some of us here at HotHardware have witnessed everything from the introduction of the Nintendo Virtual Boy to Virtuality pod-laden movie theaters first hand, and can say with certainty that the latest wave of VR technology is head and shoulders... Read more...
With the Oculus Rift, HTC's Vive and Sony's PlayStation VR soon to hit the market, we're about to enter the modern era of Virtual Reality. We've been talking a lot about various solutions over the past couple of months, as well as other things related to the VR ecosystem. A consistent message we've heard is that to enjoy VR to its fullest on the PC, a powerful system is going to be needed, especially with respect to graphics. As unfortunate as it might be, VR workload is taxing on a system and generally requires more expensive hardware under the hood, in addition to the cost of VR kit with its... Read more...
Steam took the wraps off their new SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode technology late last week, as a tease leading into the Game Developer’s Conference for 2016 being held this week in San Francisco. SteamVR allows gamers to have VR-like experiences in traditional non-VR titles. Today, live at GDC, we got to see first-hand what the new technology was capable of, as well as see what Valve Software is cooking up for full-fledged VR experiences powered by HTC’s Vive. Diving into the true-VR experiences Valve was showing in booths powered by HTC’s Vive VR headset and VR ready systems, HotHardware’s Editor... Read more...
In the nearly twenty years the company has been in existence, Valve has proven itself to be a master in several key gaming categories. First, it has managed to craft not one, but multiple hit series; the most prominent titles being Half-Life, Team Fortress, and Portal. It's hard not to appreciate the company's spectacular foresight, either. They seem to have a knack for knowing what's going to hit big. Look no further than Dota 2 for proof of that. Beyond that, Valve has also proven itself to be great at the whole gaming platform thing, with Steam becoming the de facto spot for gamers to play,... Read more...
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