Items tagged with Valve

Gamers often argue about how expensive the hobby has become, and some can take that argument even further. Valve has been the focus of a massive UK lawsuit alleging that it has overcharged PC gamers through its popular Steam platform.  Steam is the de facto marketplace for PC gamers, selling everything from the... Read more...
The Steam Deck has endeared fans the world over with its uncanny ability to power through demanding PC games in a competent and portable fashion. Part of this capability stems from the excellent support on the software side that Valve has consistently shown towards the Steam Deck.  The latest preview update, SteamOS... Read more...
Nintendo is famous—or infamous depending on your perspective—for being a bit of a buzzkill when it comes to other people using its intellectual property and technology. Of course, some of this is justified, like with the case of the Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu that settled with the games company earlier this year... Read more...
Valve offers a rather generous return policy on its Steam platform, which allows players to return games for a refund within two weeks (14 days) of purchase and with less than two hours of play time logged. As Valve plainly states on its refund page, "it doesn't matter" if the reason is because a PC doesn't meet a... Read more...
With the Steam sale raging, more players than ever are online and gaming in their spare time. However, it can get obnoxious to keep buying games if your family members or significant other(s) already have them, and you might not play them all that much. With this, Valve is now introducing Steam Families, a way to... Read more...
Valve had a hit on its hands with the Steam Deck, and we expect the gaming firm to produce more handheld consoles in the future. While we don't yet have word of a true Steam Deck successor, Valve has seen fit to upgrade the Steam Deck with an OLED display. This device launched in late 2023, which turns out to be... Read more...
If Valve is sweating the increased competition in the handheld PC gaming space that it played a huge role in popularizing with the Steam Deck, the company isn't showing it. And if taking Valve at its word, it welcomes all newcomers to the space with open arms. This is made evident in a blog post titled, "Steam Annual... Read more...
Valve and its first-person shooter title Counter-Strike had a big year last year, with the launch of Counter-Strike 2 and the sunset of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. However, that might not be the biggest Counter-Strike news of the year as we have now gotten a peak behind the curtain to learn that Valve has drawn... Read more...
At the top of last year, Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, closing out an era of operating systems that were already on life support as it were. Just a few months following that, Valve shared that Steam would no longer be supporting these platforms come 2024 and that gamers should look to... Read more...
During the ongoing Steam Winter Sale, Valve just published its list of the "Best of 2023", which is not to be confused with the Steam Awards. Instead, this list compiles the year's games in general order of gross revenue, many of which are available with deep discounts. This data is particularly neat to see because... Read more...
If you follow PC hardware news, you'll almost assuredly be familiar with the name Fritzchens Fritz. The man is a photographer, and specializes in taking extremely high-detail pictures of processors with their silicon laid bare. If you've ever looked at an annotated die shot such as the many we've published here on the... Read more...
So, you play HuniePop or another NSFW game on Steam but also still want your friends to see your games library to know what to get you for Christmas? Thankfully, Valve has your back with an update to Steam that allows you to mark individual games private rather than an entire library, as well as some handy features... Read more...
It should go without saying but do not lick your Nintendo Switch cartridges, blow vape smoke into your Xbox consoles, or generally follow any internet trend. This is especially true for any trend that necessitates a company putting out a formal warning if and when it goes viral, even if there is no real scientific... Read more...
Counter-Strike 2 has been out for a little while now, providing an updated and perhaps a more fun experience than the former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. However, in the time since the game’s launch, some nefarious players have found way to cheats, which diminishes that experience in general. As such, Valve has... Read more...
It's one of the arguments of the age: like Coke vs. Pepsi, Apple vs. Samsung, or Nike vs. Adidas, the choice of Xbox or PlayStation is a highly contentious one. There are a lot of factors that fans take into account, but arguably the biggest one is simply your choice of controller layout; where Xbox pads have the left... Read more...
Most of your writers up here at HotHardware are old farts, so we can scarcely imagine a Steam account without the original Half-Life. Back in the day, most of us owned boxed copies of the game, and you could put your CD-key into Steam to register it to your profile. If your existence on Steam is newer than that, don't... Read more...
Valve's Steam Deck is a handheld gaming device that has forever changed PC gaming on-the-go. While it's still a slick, fun device as we approach its second birthday, gamers always want for more performance. The Steam Deck 2 isn't coming any time soon, however, so what are users supposed to do to maximize their... Read more...
Please Valve, take my money and let me buy your Steam Deck OLED, thought numerous gamers as they try to get their hands on Valve's newest release. With some headaches along the way, it appears unfortunately, that this is a a tall order currently. If you're old enough to remember the great GPU shortage of the early... Read more...
Yesterday's reveal of the Steam Deck OLED was rather exciting for some folks. If you haven't heard of or seen it yet, head over to yesterday's coverage to check it out, because the revised Steam Deck looks like a significant upgrade over the original model. It isn't a true second-generation system, though; the SoC... Read more...
One of the most common criticisms of Valve's generally-excellent Steam Deck is that the screen is a bit lack-luster.. While response times are good, it is a basic IPS LCD with characteristically-weak contrast ratio and mediocre color saturation. The Nintendo Switch's original display wasn't super-great either, so what... Read more...
Well, the Microsoft purchase of Activision-Blizzard-King has finally closed, and we're now observing what may well be the the first knock-on effect of the acquisition. Anyone who didn't expect major ripple effects from the purchase hasn't been paying attention to the actions of Microsoft's previous acquisitions, like... Read more...
Valve's latest preview update for the Steam Deck's SteamOS, version 3.5.1, is largely a patch for bugs but includes one big ticket feature enthusiasts have been clamoring for: undervolting. This is thanks to the version 118 BIOS firmware that this preview update also introduces, and while it gets rid of the old... Read more...
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