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Lucia and Poison and E.Honda, oh my! Valve accidentally leaked a trailer for the upcoming DLC for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. The leaked trailer revealed that Lucia, Poison, and E.Honda will be joining the roster of characters. Valve accidentally posted a trailer for the new Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition DLC on Steam this past Wednesday. They noted that there was a “mix-up in the publishing process” that “caused a trailer to go live on Steam ahead of schedule”. Valve has since apologized and remarked that they have “implemented measures to prevent this error from happening again.” Capcom, the video game developers behind Street Fighter, released the... Read more...
Valve has just launched its first battle pass for Dota Underlords, which is its own version of the popular Auto Chess mod for Dota 2. Appropriately called Proto Pass (because it is a prototype battle pass), beta testers can access the content for free, in hopes that they will provide feedback to Valve as it works on a proper Season 1 Battle Pass. "Like many aspects of the beta, the Proto Pass is a learning experience for the Underlords team—so please keep the feedback coming so that we can adjust plans for our Season 1 Battle Pass accordingly," Valve says. The Proto Pass introduces a few new things to the Dota Underlords equation. Chief among them is the ability to earn experience points... Read more...
Valve has come a long way since the days of Half-Life, which was revolutionary to gamers of a certain age when it was released in the late 90s. These days, Valve has its hands in many cookie jars including the Steam Store and Index VR headset. Gabe Newell was on hand at the Index launch event to taunt Half-Life fans about Half-Life 3, yet again. Newell was addressing the people gathered for the launch event and spent some time talking about what a breakthrough the Valve Index headset is. During the talk, Newell started in about how one thing leads to another. He said Half-Life led to Half-Life 2, Source led to Source 2, TeamFortress 2 led to Dota, and Artifact is why they were able to do Underlords.... Read more...
The Steam Summer Sale is underway, and a couple days ago we ran down twelve of the best games with the most significant discounts. Steam has a mechanic on the Summer Sale called the Steam Grand Prix that has been the source of lots of player and developer ire for its confusing and very complicated gameplay and instructions. Valve says that it has heard the feedback about the complexity of the Steam Grand Prix event and admits it designed something "pretty complicated" and with a bunch of numbers and rules that should have been more clear. Valve apologized for the confusion and for broken mechanics that have led to the event being unbalanced. Based on player feedback Steam made changes to the... Read more...
The Steam Summer Sale is underway, and kicked off yesterday, right on time with the leaked date we saw back in May. There are plenty of people that will tell you what games you should buy while they are on sale and if you need to round out your game library, this is the time to do it. There are some excellent deals among the list of games on the Steam Store. We will run down what we think are some of the best games you can get during the sale based on popularity and how big the discount is. Here are HotHardware's picks for the 12 top gaming deals for the Steam Summer Sale, in no particular order. Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $29.99, $30 off the regular price. Devil May Cry 5 for $39.59, $20.40... Read more...
Most of the world might be running Windows for the operating system on PCs, but there is a healthy contingent of folks who prefer Ubuntu Linux made by Canonical. Dell unveiled new workstations in May that run Ubuntu Linux specifically for that community. Canonical didn't make gamers happy when it announced that it would end support for 32-bit applications starting with the next release. Valve also announced that it was dropping support for Ubuntu in Steam. The gaming community rallied against Canonical's decision to end support for 32-bit applications with enough vigor that Canonical has reversed its decision. It has decided to support select 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu version 19.10 and... Read more...
Valve is making its own version of Auto Chess for Dota 2 on Steam, and the reaction so far is "mostly positive." Called Data Underlords, it is available as an Early Access title on Steam. Players have flocked to the game, with Dota Underlords peaking today at 188,079 concurrent players. That put its fourth on the list, behind Dota 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. That is good company to be in, as it pertains to concurrent player count. And it is certainly proving more popular than Artifiact, the themed trading card came with a "mixed" rating based on more than 12,200 user reviews, and an "overwhelmingly negative" rating based on the 195 most recent ones.... Read more...
Yesterday, we brought you news that Valve's Steam Summer Sale is scheduled to kick off on June 25th according to leaked information. The upstart Epic Games Store is taking more than a few cues from Valve in how it operates its own storefront, and today has announced its first "epic" sales on digital games. Epic is labeling the promotion the "Mega Sale" and it is offering games at up to 75 percent off their regular price. In addition, the Mega Sale ensures that every game priced $14.99 or above is being discount by $10. So, if a regularly priced title was previously available for $14.99, you'll pay just $4.99 today. According to Epic, the $10 off promotion only applies... Read more...
One of the definite perks of gaming on PC is that adding to your catalog of games is potentially less expensive than it is on console. Frequent sales on Steam lessen the hit to your wallet or purse, or at least you can snag more for your money. So with that in mind, when is the next sale? The annual Steam Summer Sale is tipped to begin on June 25. For gamers like myself, that means yet another opportunity to add more titles to my library, in hopes of someday being able to actually have time to play them all. Deep discounts are sometimes too good to pass up, even though I know in the back of my mind that the game in question will sit in my library, untouched like a mint collectible comic book... Read more...
Valve has just launched a brand-new virtual reality (VR) system that will supersede the Vive family that was produced by HTC. Called the Valve Index, in many ways this headset is even more compelling than the HTC Vive Pro.  The full-blown Valve Index Kit will set you back $999 and includes the headset, two wireless controllers, and two Lighthouse base stations. However, Valve will also let you purchase the components piecemeal, with the Index headset itself going for $499.  Speaking of the Index, it is still a tethered setup with an included 5-meter cable that plugs directly into your gaming rig. Valve is focused on high-fidelity VR experiences and thus has included dual 1400x1600... Read more...
Epic Games has caught some flak for serving up paid exclusives in its recently launched Epic Games store, such as Borderlands 3—publisher 2K Games agreed to give the Epic Games store dibs for the first six months, a decision that developer Gearbox Software had no part of. Valve has the power to stop that sort of thing though, if it agrees to certain terms. In a Twitter post, Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney called on Valve to offer a bigger chunk of revenue to developers and publishers, in exchange for no more Epic Game store exclusives. Specifically, Sweeney wants Valve to bump the revenue share on Steam to a permanent 88 percent "without major strings attached." In return, Epic... Read more...
Gamers of a certain age will remember a time when the name Valve conjured visions of crowbars and scientists. These days Valve is more about the Steam store, the place where gamers flock to buy all their games digitally and store them in one place. On the gamer side of things, the Steam store is a great way to keep games in one place forever without having to deal with keeping up with discs and install codes. On the developer side, the Steam store is loathed because of the cut to profits demanded for selling the game on the store. Former Valve employee Richard Geldreich has commented on developers moving to the new and competing Epic Games Store. Geldreich says that "Steam was killing PC gaming"... Read more...
Valve is launching its own virtual reality headset called Index, presumably to go up against models like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive (and Vive Pro). When exactly users will be able to order one has not been known, up until now—preorders for the Index will open on May 1, 2019, followed by a retail launch about a month and a half later. This is a big launch for Valve, though whether it will be successful depends on its ability to execute, pricing, and the overall interest in VR. Valve's advantage is that it fields the most popular digital distribution platform for games, a little storefront you may have heard of called Steam. However, that did not help much with Valve's failed Steam Machine... Read more...
Years ago many expected virtual reality (VR) headsets and games to have a much bigger following than they do today. Adoption has been rather slow on the VR front for gamers; businesses users have found more use for VR headsets in many instances. To that business end, HTC announced its Vive Focus aimed at enterprise use that will launch April 15 priced at $799. Valve has now started teasing a new VR headset that is called the Valve Index. It's a bit odd to see a new headset being teased only a few weeks after Valve laid off 13 people in its VR division. Valve did state at the time that it wasn't vacating the VR market and with the tease for the Index, that is clear. The official launch for the... Read more...
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