Items tagged with Valve

If you have ever wished to walk in Gordon Freeman's shoes, soon you can. Half-Life 2: VR is a fan made VR implementation of the now 18-year-old game. This release is designated as a mod and will require players to own a copy of the original Half-Life 2 as a base. Created by the Source VR Mod team, this mod looks to... Read more...
Ever feel like there's just not enough support for classic hardware or even reproductions of them on PC? Valve seems to think so too because as of the July 27th update to Steam there is now support for all Nintendo Online classic controllers, and more. Valve's attempt at making Steam as universal as possible... Read more...
Most people alive right now are aware that almost the entire world is being affected by a heatwave that is expected to last the week. Even the United Kingdom is experiencing toasty temperatures it has never seen in its own recorded history. Of course, those of us in tech actually have significant concerns here too... Read more...
Depending on when you ordered your Steam Deck console and just plain old luck of the draw, you could end up with a model configured with a downgraded solid state drive (SSD). Affected units cut the available bandwidth in half, impacting the theoretical maximum data transfer rate. However, Valve says it's no big deal... Read more...
As it turns out, you shouldn't mod your Steam Deck console with a physically bigger solid state drive (SSD) because it "will significantly shorten the life" of the system, according to one of the device's actual designers at Valve. The warning comes after a mod began making the rounds showing a larger form factor SSD... Read more...
Update 6-27-22: Since publishing this story, a Steam Deck designer at Valve posted a warning on Twitter to avoid this mod because it will heat up the charger IC and "will significantly shorten the life" of the console. Original Story: It's not every day a portable handheld manufacturer encourages you to do your... Read more...
Over the past year, much of the buzz surrounding Valve, the company behind Steam, has concerned the Steam Deck. However, despite the hype-filled launch of its handheld game console, it seems that Valve hasn’t forgotten about its other gaming device endeavor: virtual reality (VR). In fact, it appears as though the... Read more...
Valve deserves a lot of credit for how it went about designing and launching the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming console that's essentially a portable PC. It may resemble a Switch in form, but its DNA is entirely PC, and with it comes a refreshingly high level of DIY repair options. Leaving little to the imagination... Read more...
If you're a PC gamer, you're probably aware of Humble Bundle. For those unfamiliar, it's a site that got its start by selling the aforementioned bundles: packs of PC games, usually indie titles, where the purchaser can name their own price—thus the "humble" in the title. A portion of the proceeds goes to Humble Bundle... Read more...
If you're a hardcore desktop PC gamer, you probably sneer at framerate limiters. "Why would I want to limit the glorious power of my monster PC," you may ask, but for folks on thermally-, power-, or battery-constrained machines, framerate limiters can be a godsend. There's no need to crank out ≧60 FPS all the time... Read more...
It's official. Valve's Steam Deck has finally launched, and initial pre-orders are shipping. Although, the Steam store still states that the only thing you can do is reserve for the next shipment date, which is out in Q3 of 2022 right now. Regardless, for some users who do already have or are getting the device, there... Read more...
The top selling "game" on Steam is not actually a game at all, but Valve's in-demand Steam Deck handheld PC. It occupied the second spot last week (for the fifth week in a row), just ahead of Elden Ring but below Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, but this week ascended the throne and managed to snatch the crown all... Read more...
Valve didn't need to go bonkers outfitting its Steam Deck with ultra high-end hardware, it just had to ensure smooth gaming on the handheld's 7-inch IPS display with a native 1280x800 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. And so it has a custom AMD Zen 2 processor with integrated RNDA 2 graphics. That's fine, but could... Read more...
Valve is making all kinds of strides with its Steam Deck handheld, from crushing bugs and improving the overall experience, to ramping up shipments and validating more games from its Steam catalog. This is turning into a lesson on how to successfully launch a hardware product, and during a lingering shortage of... Read more...
Valve is very close to officially supporting Windows 11 on its Steam Deck handheld game console. Future SteamOS and BIOS updates will enable installing Microsoft's latest operating system on Steam Deck, if that's the direction you want to go, though you don't have to wait for a stable release. They're actually... Read more...
Scalpers have been making out like gangbusters during the silicon shortage by selling things like graphics cards and game consoles at high markups on eBay. You can add Valve's recently released Steam Deck to the pile. That's not a new develop, but now that Steam Decks are out in the wild, scalpers are cashing in with... Read more...
Do you know how many hours you spent playing video games last year? Valve does (if you use Steam), and when added together with every other Steam user, the collective tally came to 38 billion hours, a 21 percent increase over 2020. That works out to 4.3 million years. Not quite close to the time that's elapsed since... Read more...
A pile of outlets have run a lot of benchmarks on the Steam Deck (we haven't gotten one yet). However, one of the big question marks surrounding the Steam Deck's gaming performance has been the effect, whether good or bad, of its choice of operating system. See, despite being a gaming PC at its heart, the Steam Deck... Read more...
Valve's Steam Deck is shockingly inexpensive for what it is, but it's still at least $400 of portable computer you'd probably prefer not to lose. There are various means of accomplishing this, but the less mindful among us may desire some technological insurance against loss or theft. If you're one of those... Read more...
Valve continues to make headway on putting games through its Steam Deck verification program, and the number of titles that have earned Verified or Playable designations has quickly grown to over 1,000 games. What Valve is doing here is remarkable on a number of levels, the speed at which it's verifying games being... Read more...
Unlike a true gaming "console" handheld such as the Nintendo Switch, Valve's Steam Deck is essentially a portable PC more akin to the Aya Neo or various GPD devices. This is great from a certain perspective; it means that when things go wrong, you can usually fix them. Unfortunately, it also means that it's a lot more... Read more...
Would you like to play Destiny 2: The Witch Queen on your shiny, new Steam Deck? Think again. Destiny 2 players could potentially be banned if they attempt to play the game on a Steam Deck. Bungie stated, “Destiny 2 is not supported for play on the Steam Deck or on any system utilizing Steam Play's Proton unless... Read more...
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