Sections

Valve announces SteamOS, is Linux-based, free & coming soon

Monday, 23 September 2013 18:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Valve has announced a new, Linux-based operating system called SteamOS. It is said to run on any living room hardware. Get the details here.

The first of three announcements, Steam OS was revealed here.

A post from Valve reads, “As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.”

The SteamOS page states that users will no longer have to give up their library when switching device, as the operating system is designed to run on “any living room machine.” This is possible through cloud streaming that starts with SteamOS and streams content to any living-room device. This applies to both PC and Mac games stored in your Steam library.

Valve’s post continues, “In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.”

It’s not just games however, as Valve is now working with media content providers across music, TV and movies to bring streamed content to SteamOS. It will also support family sharing, where players can take turns sampling the same library and earn their own achievements via family sharing.

It has been labelled a “cooperating system”, and a “collaborative many-to-many entertainment platform.” Content creators are said to be able to communicate with customers directly using the OS, and in turn users can replace any part of their software or hardware they want.

Valve confirmed that announcements are inbound across the “coming weeks” regarding the hundreds of games already being primed to support SteamOS natively in 2014. The full Steam catalogue of over 3,000 titles can also be streamed from a device – a PC or laptop for example – running the operating system.

Steam Workshop will remain, and in-game chat, clan support, game groups, cloud storage and best of all, it’s all free.

The second SteamOS announcement is coming in 47 hours at the time of writing.

The announcement follows Gabe Newell’s appearance at Linuxcon 2013, during which he said that these three announcements would be coming. During the event, Newell said Valve was looking to the more open platform of Linux as the future of gaming, as “none of the propriety closed platforms are going to be able to provide,” a grand unification between “mobile, the living room, and the desktop.”

“Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities that we see for bringing Linux into the living room and potentially pointing further down the road to how we can get it even more unified with mobile,” he said.

Blimey. What do you make of all this then?

Latest

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 update adds suspend/resume feature – report

    According to screenshots leaked from the PlayStation MVP Program, Sony is beta testing a PlayStation 4 firmware update which contain the long-awaited suspend and resume feature. Per Gematsu, firmware version 2.50 update contains the following: The system can now enter rest mode without closing any applications. You can adjust this setting in [Power Save Settings] > […]

  • 30 minutes worth of Xenoblade Chronicles X combat footage released

    A new Xenoblade Chronicles X video has been released giving the viewer a look at combat. The 30 minutes worth of footage shown is a Nintendo of Japan livestream from earlier this morning. Gematsu has a written summary of the combat if you’d rather a read instead, as the video is in Japanese. The Monolith […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on setting up for GTA Online Heists

    With Heists launching next week for GTA Online, Rockstar has posted some tips to help you get started. The small tutorial goes over Leaders getting a Crew together, how headsets will be an important peripheral to have in order to communicate, assigning roles, and how Special Heist Completion bonuses will work. Here’s more information on […]

  • Here’s some Wolfenstein: The Old Blood gameplay footage out of PAX East

    If you missed the Wolfenstein: The Old Blood livestream from PAX East, Eurogamer has pulled the gameplay portions from it. Enjoy. It’s out May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

  • Overwatch beta kicks off this fall, new characters announced

    Blizzard is on a roll today at PAX East, and the latest announcement from the developer pertains to Overwatch, the first-person team-based multiplayer shooter announced at BlizzCon 2014. According to Blizzard the beta will start in the fall. You can sign up for the beta here. The two characters announced were Zarya and Jesse McCree […]

  • Lady Sylvanas, new Battlegrounds announced for Heroes of the Storm

    Blizzard announced during its PAX East panel today that Warcraft’s Sylvanas will be the next playable hero in its Heroes of the Storm MOBA. A new Battleground, Tomb of the Spider Queen, was also announced a small map with a dark and moody interior. Players will earn gems when killing off the minions which can […]

  • Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain Adventure pack launches in April

    The Blackrock Mountain Adventure pack was announced for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard at PAX East today. The content includes the Dark Iron dwarves, fire elementals, and dragons, as well as Ragnaros the Firelord. Those who manage to bring an end to the villains will be rewarded with 31 new cards inspired by the […]

  • New GTA 5 music, radio station coming in April from The Alchemist and Oh No

    A brand new radio station and soundtrack album are on the way from GTA 5 score composers The Alchemist & Oh No. The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, is described as a “genre-spanning collection” of new music for Grand Theft Auto 5, which will debut debuting with the PC version of […]

  • Wayward Wonders sounds like a fun CTM map for Minecraft

    Wayward Wonders is a rather lovely CTM map for Minecraft which tasks the player with building monuments. Players will need to find special blocks scattered across the map which will need to be placed on the Wonders of the World monuments. It’s a mixture of survival and adventure elements, as players will encounter enemies which […]

  • Wil Wheaton is Abraham Lincoln in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

    Nintendo of America has announced Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton will provide the voice of Abraham Lincoln in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace) is a 3DS exclusive turn-based strategy title which takes place in an alternate, steampunk history. “After waiting almost a year to be […]

  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Justice and Champions systems arrive with Update 6

    Update 6 for The Elder Scrolls Online went live yesterday, which added the new Justice and Champions systems. The update also overhauled provisioning, which resulted in new recipes and more inventory space being added. There’s also a new way to keep track of your mounts, pets, and costumes through the Collections Window, which allows the […]

  • Turbine’s Infinite Crisis MOBA will see a full release later this month

    Turbine and Warner Bros. have finally given the Infinite Crisis MOBA a release date. The game has been in development since 2011 and a beta kicked off in 2013. “Infinite Crisis™ has massively evolved over the past year with the help of the millions of players who participated in our open beta,” said executive producer […]

  • PAX East kicks off today – here’s the Twitch livestream schedule for March 6

    Today is the first day of PAX East, and Twitch has posted its livestream schedule which kicks off with gameplay of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. Highlights today include the live premiere of Gameplay: Story of the Videogame Revolution, a look at the Heart of Thorns Guild Wars 2 expansion, Blizzard shows off Sylvanas and Tomb […]

  • Watch the Wolfenstein: The Old Blood livestream from PAX East here

    A livestream of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to The New Order, will take place at PAX East today, and you can watch it right here on the site at 10.30am EST/3.30pm GMT. The stream will be hosted on the main Twitch channel, with gameplay from The Old Blood kicking the first day […]

  • Rock Band 4 and Justin Bieber: “if people ask for it, then why not?”

    We ask the Rock Band 4 team why there’s no PC or keyboard support, what happened to The Beatles, and most importantly, can we sing Boyfriend? “I would say around 95 per cent of content has survived – there are a few bits that, even on last-gen platforms, are no longer available. Our intention is […]

  • Magic the Gathering’s next game is going free-to-play

    Magic Duels: Origins, the upcoming game in the Magic the Gathering series, will be free-to-play. Magic the Gathering developer Steel Games has announced that the next game in the series, Magic Duels: Origins will adopt a free-to-play model. It will be based on the Summer set of the physical game. The developer announced the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X dev confirms Johnny Cage and Kenshi ahead of official reveal

    Mortal Kombat X will indeed have Johnny Cage and Kenshi as playable characters. It looks like someone spoke about Johnny Cage and Kenshi a little bit earlier they they should’ve. Mortal Kombat X senior producer Adam Urbano spoke to Game Crate in a video interview and confirmed the addition of both fighters. The video has […]

  • You won’t need Xbox Live Gold to play online on Windows 10

    Microsoft has confirmed that playing online games on Windows 10, including cross-play titles, won’t require Xbox Live Gold. Integrating the Xbox platform into Windows 10 will not result in users needing to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Online gameplay on Windows have traditionally been free, but some users were sceptical, thinking back to […]

  • “Zero percent of people get motion sick,” says Gabe Newell about Vive

    Valve has apparently broke through and found a solution to the VR motion sickness issue with its headset Vive. According to Gabe Newell, Valve has solved the issue of nausea associated usually with virtual reality headsets. Speaking to the New York Times, Gabe Newell said that “zero percent of people get motion sick.” The reason, […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain development update from Kojima

    Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has revealed many details during last night’s Kojima Station live-stream. Yesterday, Kojima hosted another episode of Kojima Station, the show that reveals a few MGS5: The Phantom Pain details every time it airs. It’s always in Japanese though, which makes it hard for those of us who don’t speak […]

  • Steam Machine prices: from $480 all the way up to $5,000

    The prices of Steam Machines vary wildly. You could pay less than $500, or ten times more. Since Steam now has hardware pages for each manufacturer’s Steam Machine, it makes sense to go through them and see what the average price is. The full list of manufacturers includes names like Alienware, Digital Storm, Asus, Gigabyte, […]

  • Dreadnought screens are filled with lasers and explosions

    Dreadnought just keeps looking better and better every time we see it. Spaceship fighting simulator Dreadnought has produced a new set of screens to help you parse all the action. If you like what you see, you can check out ten minutes of equally-explosive gameplay. The screens are captured from a pre-alpha build and were […]

  • Bloodborne: tons of new PvP, co-op, and item details

    The Japanese site of Bloodborne has been updated with tons of new info pertaining to PvP, summoning, co-op, and much more. Bloodborne’s Japanese site was recently updated to bring into light many of the game’s features, and how some of them differ from earlier Souls games. According to translation by DualShockers the game supports up […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 6, 7 – Ice Breaker edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has brought a new set of Exotic wares to Destiny’s Tower. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back again to the Tower for another weekend of Exotic adventure. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour in exchange for your Strange Coins and Motes of Light. Exotic Shards and upgraded […]

  • 30 new GTA Online screens show two Heists

    We’ve got a batch of hot new Heist screens from GTA Online that you wouldn’t want to miss. There are quite a lot of screens here showing all sorts of activities, pre-heist, during, and the getaway. Most of them are from the Humane heist, but others show one taking place at Fleeca Bank. Many details […]

  • BoingBoing’s Offworld resurrected as new, diverse gaming blog

    Offworld is back, but not as you know it. Offworld was Boing Boing’s gaming blog, helmed by Brandon Boyer from 2008. By 2010 it had been rolled into Boing Boing itself, eventually falling mostly silent and in 2011 Boyer founded a new site, Venus Patrol. The brand has languished unused ever since, but Boing Boing’s […]

  • SimCity developer: “EA is actually a great place to work these days”

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis may have been shuttered, but at least one former employee doesn’t have beef with EA and its decision. Although The Sims 4 and SimCity will continue along with the studio’s brand, the flagship Maxis studios has been closed. The closure prompted a resurgence of interest in EA’s acquisitions; there was […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes monochromatic

    The theme of the latest Humble Weekly Bundle is “monochrome” – every game features a black and white aesthetic. Pay what you want for The Bridge (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM-free), Closure (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM-free) and Dominique Pamplemousse (Mac, PC; Steam or DRM-free). Cough up more than the average – $4.09 […]

  • Final Fantasy 7′s nine-disc, open-world fan sequel was too beautiful to live

    This Final Fantasy 7 sequel put together by fans shows off just how flexible Squaresoft’s tech was. Final Fantasy 7: Time Guardian was a fan-made sequel to the classic RPG, developed by Japanese indie Rodensoft. What makes it different from other FF7 fan projects is that it was being developed in the same engine as […]

  • Half-life 3 in VR: “We’re not saying no,” says Valve

    Half-life might work in virtual reality, or it might not. That’s Valve’s stance on the matter. Half-life 3 in VR makes perfect sense and should definitely happen, but Valve says it hasn’t made any decisions yet. “We’re not saying, ‘no’ but we don’t know what the right thing is [yet],” Valve programmer Jeep Barnett told […]

125 Comments

  1. redwood

    fffuck!!!! one more os to worry about … gaming goes to hell.. and takes my wallet with it.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Mike W

    It’s free bro

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Hybridpsycho

    Considering how terrible their coding is on steam I wouldn’t trust valve with an OS :/

    #3 1 year ago
  4. redwood

    @2 I know..but there will probably be a hardware coming too.. than it will have exclusives too.. and than i will be buying that for those exclusives :(

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    @1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvObIj7MKXY

    #5 1 year ago
  6. worntreads

    I can dig it. It’s about time someone decided to get serious about using linux for games. I wonder if this is a rebranded Ubuntu (kinda like Mint) or if they built the distro from the ground up. Definitely looking forward to hearing more about this.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Hcw87

    Needs hardware, or this is the biggest overhyped crap ever.

    You can allready plug your TV into your PC, this won’t change anything, except doing it wirelessly.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. deathm00n

    @7 You are clearly mistaken. Do you know how much of the processor and RAM Windows uses? If they created a OS with games in mind, the perfomance will get so much better

    #8 1 year ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    Is it always online?

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Sherif Saed

    Shit just got real.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. redwood

    so like… I will have to switch oS to play games?

    #11 1 year ago
  12. deathm00n

    @12 Yeah, that’s the problem. But since it’s linux based I’m pretty sure you can use GRUB(or any other OS selector) with it. For people who don’t know what it is, it’s simply a screen before the startup of the OS in wich you can select between multiple OS installed on diferent partitions of you HDD

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Panthro

    @12 no, the OS will be optional… If you dont want the OS, steam will most likely remain the same without it.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Rockin a Jack D

    X1/PS4 are fucked. Confirmed.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. redwood

    @14 than why do I want this? if ps3 could run xbox360 games than why would i get an xbox 360? if windows have all the steamOS games than what’s it real value? the “unification of the bedroom and desktop space” is probably coming to windows too

    #15 1 year ago
  16. redwood

    NOT being a troll here.. but I think valve probably has some big plans it is not sharing right now.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. deathm00n

    @16 Read my comment @9.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Sanwiches

    @redwood You want it cause it’s the best option you have for gaming. There are improvements over playing on Windows, I’d guess. Yo.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Mike W

    Is Linux any good?

    #19 1 year ago
  20. deathm00n

    Just try to press ctrl+shift+esc right now and tell me how much processor and ram power windows is using without anything heavy running. And this is the answer why this, in theory, can change PC gaming

    #20 1 year ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    For me, the insurmountable problem that this idea has is input method.

    How am I going to use a m/kb on my sofa?

    Will I be stuck playing dumbed down games with a console controller?

    Might as well just buy a console, then…

    #21 1 year ago
  22. redwood

    @18 yeah I red that.. but I am not so sure if the big games will take that advantage..windows has the larger market share so most of the dev will focus on that and steam os will just a get a port.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Dave Cook

    This is potentially huge and game-changing. No joke. I’ve longed for a consolidated platform where I can take my library anywhere without painfully long migration or save retrieval and so on.

    Colour me excited as all hell.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. deathm00n

    @22 It’s not written anywhere that you can’t use it without a TV. It’s a OS, pretty sure you can use with any computer anywhere

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Jastrick

    The OS won’t run all your steam games (not even close). Windows-native games are still windows-native. If you read the press release, any Windows-native games must be streamed to the OS via Wi-Fi from ANOTHER PC. Only about 184 Steam games are Linux-Native right now. There’s about 3000+ Windows-native ones. Hope you enjoy Lag in the majority of your games (and having multiple gaming PCs)

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Panthro

    @14

    I dont know, unless they start bringing out Steam OS exclusive games (which they will) I doubt everybody will switch right away.

    I think the Steam OS is just going to give PC gamers a dedicated OS for games which will improve performance and probably be a better all round experience in terms of the GUI…

    And how Windows is apparently going to become a locked platform to give MS more money their may just be a space for a free OS to take over.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Sanwiches

    @22 I can see myself playing The Witcher 3 with all the pretty graphics the PC have, but with a controller cuz I hate playing action games with m/k

    #27 1 year ago
  28. pcbros

    Quoted straight from Steampowered.com, these are my biggest highlights:

    “You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have – then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!”

    So much for the worry that we wouldn’t be able to play our Windows library on a Steambox.

    And it’s acting like a Vita TV, I had a feeling that was going to happen.

    “Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014.”

    This is going to be key.

    “SteamOS will be available soon as a free download for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers.”

    So it seems that companies like HP, Toshiba and Samsung can make Steamboxes. Great news!

    “In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level.”

    Games run better on SteamOS. Nice :)

    #28 1 year ago
  29. deathm00n

    @23 It’s not developer related, every computer will have it’s perfomance extended as there will be not as much background processing happening. That’s the reason why consoles lasts so much time, they have their own OS so even 6 years old hardware performs well enough.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Panthro

    @21

    About 1.2gb of my 8gb RAM

    CPU usage is at 2%

    I dont see your point in that, But a dedicated OS is the way to move forward, I just don’t want to lose all the windows compatible games and programs.

    When it comes out I will inevitably jump ship over to the steam OS entirely as a risk just because of loyalty to steam and trust that they wont fuck me over.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Sanwiches

    Valve is not a bunch of dumbasses, they are the best of the best and I’m sure they will succeed in what they’re doing, which is offering gamers the best experience possible.

    I think I can finally see myself enjoying games on PC that aren’t RTS.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Xbone

    &29 Half Life 3 confirmed to be steamOS exclusive.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. DSB

    Huge huge stuff.

    I’m a little worried by the fact that they’re talking about it as a delivery system. If it isn’t open, then it’s a bust in my opinion. It’ll be the same shit you get on every other console.

    @29 Hopefully they won’t have to be native though. That would really restrict it quite a lot.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. darkshale

    This is fantastic for PC gaming. After hearing Gabe talk about Windows 8 and closed box gaming I predicted this would be coming. People said I was crazy and I responded “yes but so is Gabe”.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. G1GAHURTZ

    @25:

    Maybe, but this OS isn’t designed for desktop PCs, according to Valve. It’s designed for the living room.

    “A post from Valve reads, “As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.””

    #35 1 year ago
  36. DSB

    @36 Livingroom PC? That’s really been the whole point from the beginning.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. Sanwiches

    @36 I don’t know man, Linux can run on PCs, so why not?

    #37 1 year ago
  38. pcbros

    Now if my current Windows PC runs my Steam games poorly, I take it my Steambox will stream that poor performance?

    EDIT: Hopefully Steam can eventually go the onLive route with it’s streaming and allow game streaming without having a Windows PC turned on.

    #38 1 year ago
  39. Sanwiches

    @39 Yes, of course. I would think that streaming puts some latency in there too. Encoding/decoding that stuff.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. antraxsuicide

    @39 Sounds right to me. Can’t say I’m happy about this announcement. It’s just so…. dull. Wanna play the 3000+ Windows games on your Steam OS? Get another PC and then stream the content. That’s not a solution.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. DSB

    @40 For sure. But they’d have to do it, wouldn’t they? Take advantage of smart TVs.

    I think it’s intended as a tack-on, more than the main event.

    @41 I think you’re kidding yourself if you think there won’t be a hardware follow-up to this. There’s no way Valve can drop this as the first announcement, and then follow it with a series of lesser ones.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. G1GAHURTZ

    Well, they’re going for the living room, so it has do be designed for simple controls…

    That’s all I’m thinking.

    So if I’m a PC gamer, why dumb down my desktop control method, when I’m obviously happier on a desktop.

    How can they bring the main control method to the sofa without turning everything into big buttons and radial menus?

    #42 1 year ago
  43. deathm00n

    @39 I guess so, but if you install the StemOS your Windows PC instead, the games will run better. That’s my guess. The downside as people stated above is wich games are going to be SteamOS native.

    #43 1 year ago
  44. Sanwiches

    @41 They are preparing for future games, buddy. If you really want your Windows games on TV, plug it on your PC and use the Big Picture mode. It’s not hard, and the solution is already available.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. Dragon246

    All well and good, but can someone tell me WHY will ANY hardware manufacturer put SteamOS on their devices and essentially give Steam and major portion of software revenue?
    Oh, and before anyone says “ANDROID”, bear in mind its backed by Google and had very little in terms of united competition, plus it saved the mobile manufacturers the trouble of making an OS.

    Cant see why anyone will put this over Windows, Android or any other competition in their hardware.

    The concept is good though, however it remains to be seen how many supporters it garner.

    And open? Sounds goooood to pirates. Just look at Android.

    #45 1 year ago
  46. DSB

    @43 That’s very black and white, isn’t it though? I mean I’m sitting at a desk with a monster rig, but I don’t mind playing games with a gamepad.

    I don’t insist on using keyboard and mouse even though they’re handy.

    Big buttons and radial menus are the name of the game, they’re already doing that with Big Picture Mode, but I honestly don’t think it’s a major hassle to sit with a wireless keyboard and mouse in a sofa.

    You do the same thing with a gaming laptop. The only real problem is finding a solid surface for the mouse.

    But obviously the livingroom favors the gamepad, no doubt about that.

    @46 Because they don’t have an OS. Right now hardware manufacturers are passing on an extra expense of what? 120-140 bucks for Windows 8 is the going rate isn’t it?

    This is an extra expense of 0 dollars, which means your hardware just became a lot more affordable for everyone.

    #46 1 year ago
  47. pcbros

    I think the Steambox will be a Vita TV. Meant as an addition to your PC and not a PC replacement.

    @43 – No dumbing down of the control method. I don’t see why you couldn’t use a keyboard and mouse (wireless would be best). It’s just designed for a controller.

    #47 1 year ago
  48. Dragon246

    @47,
    Is 120$ the OEM Windows price?

    And oh yeah, Linux, Unix, DOS and maaaany more OSes are also free.Why is still Windows unrivaled?
    I am very inclined to think SteamOS will join those above mentioned things.

    #48 1 year ago
  49. runbmp

    This doesn’t mean much for the PS4 as its system is linux based and is dependent on Open GL.

    For the Xbox One and PC however… different foreseeable future.

    This takes away directX 11 proprietary API that is used on PC and XBOX and makes the games less dependent on MS.

    Its going to make the games designed on Open GL that much more flexible to switch platforms or go multiplatform.

    Its a good thing, MS really is dumping its desktop PC gaming market… One that Valve clearly dominates.

    Good on steam for doing it, I can’t wait to start building gaming consoles for friends who I can finally play with regardless if they prefer consoles or pc. ( technical reasons, comfort level, ect )

    #49 1 year ago
  50. DSB

    @49 Because it does everything. If you buy Windows everything is ready right out of the box, with Linux you have to mod your OS to keep up. Until now.

    I don’t know about OEM, but most of the companies selling gaming PCs today offer an “optional” purchase of Windows 8, which is essentially just passing the buck to you.

    #50 1 year ago
  51. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah… Would be very interesting if the second announcement was a new control method…

    #51 1 year ago
  52. pcbros

    @46 – “Cant see why anyone will put this over Windows, Android or any other competition in their hardware.”

    It’s designed as a gaming device. Not a PC replacement. From my perspective, I’m predicting the Steambox will sell for under $300. Probably even under $200.

    This will be a PC extention.

    “And open? Sounds goooood to pirates. Just look at Android.”

    If I can get my emulators on it, I’d be happy :)

    @49 – “And oh yeah, Linux, Unix, DOS and maaaany more OSes are also free”

    Yeah but no one has developed a solid gaming platform around any of these. That’s the big difference.

    #52 1 year ago
  53. DuckOfDestiny

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Valve are currently getting developers to port their games to this OS, or are offering to have their own team to do it, like the GoG team does with porting older games to modern Operating Systems.

    Steam are quite good at getting developers to add new Steam features to games that are years old, heck I remember a time when there were only ten or so games that would track your playing time. I trust Valve of all people to do this right.

    Waiting to see the support they’re going to get for hardware though. Maybe Valve will be crazy enough to push support for new and emerging technology like Apple, rather than sitting around and waiting for the market to catch up with that technology.

    Also interesting to see the features that the OS will offer, things like taking advantage of multiple monitor set-ups, gaming gear, supported drivers for peripherals or perhaps native Oculus Rift support etc.

    #53 1 year ago
  54. DSB

    It has to support non-native games though. That’s a dealbreaker from where I’m sitting.

    I’m not gonna bother with a SteamOS that plays 60%-70% of the games out there

    #54 1 year ago
  55. pcbros

    I’m starting to think the next announcement will be about the games. Either that or the Steambox itself.

    #55 1 year ago
  56. Dave Cook

    @56 I think the next one is hardware then announcement three is games (COME ON HALF-LIFE 3)

    #56 1 year ago
  57. DSB

    @57 Spot on. There’s gotta be hardware coming. It wouldn’t make any sense to put this out if there wasn’t.

    Who cares about HL3 at this point though? This is potentially so much bigger than that :P

    #57 1 year ago
  58. pcbros

    @55 – But yet people will buy a console that doesn’t support even 60% – 70% of the last generation’s library?

    I bought a PS3 and lost all my PS1/PS2 games. I had to BUY them again to play them.

    EDIT: Were you refering to the Steambox not playing the your existing Steam Windows games? If I misunderstood your comment, ignore the above post :)

    #58 1 year ago
  59. DrDamn

    So it is a Linux box which will support games natively & stream stuff from your PC which is running windows. Totally called it in the other thread /smug ;)

    Initially that’s just going to get a subset of the PC crowd who want to stream their PC stuff to the living room though isn’t it? It’s not really taking much market share from X1/PS4 unless you already have a decent gaming PC. If it gains/has enough traction for the native stuff then it gets interesting.

    #59 1 year ago
  60. Joe Musashi

    I barely use Steam but have been a member for many years. I mainly use it to redeem offers and stuff. I have a dedicated gaming PC which outputs to my gaming TV – so when “Big Screen Mode” made some headlines I was somewhat bemused.

    Likewise, for me, I can’t see the added benefit this announcement brings.

    However, I do have a little front-room PC. A tiny Acer box that acts as my Plex Client machine. So it could be fun to experiment. But if I had to lose Plex for this then, no contest, Plex wins.

    It’s an interesting play for the front-room. It sounds mostly like a streaming solution rather than something that’s directly processing installed, locally hosted data. I’m not sure I see the overlap in current gaming setups all that much right now. Just like how Steam hasn’t been the only way of playing PC games on a PC.

    I suppose the later announcements may give greater clarity.

    I guess it’s hard for me to get excited about this ‘solution’ when my existing solution works so well. For others though, I’m sure it’s great news.

    JM

    #60 1 year ago
  61. DrDamn

    @59
    All PS3s play PS1 games don’t they?

    #61 1 year ago
  62. DSB

    @59 Hah, touché. But there’s no way this is purely aimed at console gamers though.

    Steam has what, 50 million users or something like that, and they obviously want some of those to come along as well.

    And those users are used to backwards compatability. If I want to play a game from 1993, I’ll play a game from 1993 :P

    #62 1 year ago
  63. fearmonkey

    I think it’s exciting, I hope Valve can wow us on this, even if takes time.

    I disliked Steam at first and years later I love it, I hope they can do that with SteamOS.

    #63 1 year ago
  64. pcbros

    @60 – Well if games like BF4 receive a native SteamOS release and it runs better on the Steambox, then I can see how it might take a little from the console market.

    Now that I think about it, this thing can’t be too cheap. It needs to be able to run high-end SteamOS games well.

    @62 – Don’t you have to buy them and play them through emulation?

    #64 1 year ago
  65. Panthro

    The steam OS logo kinda looks like a female egg cell, female has the letter E in it, E turned backwards kinda looks like 3.

    HL3 Confirmed.

    #65 1 year ago
  66. Dave Cook

    @66 +1

    #66 1 year ago
  67. Panthro

    FEMALE EGG CELL
    - http://eivf.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/human-egg-cells.jpg

    STEAM OS LOGO – http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/

    #67 1 year ago
  68. pcbros

    @63 – I’d love to have my whole collection on it too. Let’s hope they eventually find a better way than streaming from another running PC.

    I’m thinking they will join onLive (or create their own) and stream your library through da cwoud!

    Either that or find a way to emulate (which I’m assuming would lead to legal issues) the games.

    Because I highly doubt they will port so many games to SteamOS, unless they round up big team.

    #68 1 year ago
  69. Dave Cook

    Oh wait, I think I have it.

    The first logo on the announce page is a circle = the SteamOS logo.

    The second is a circle in a box = SteamOS box

    The third is two circles with a plus sign connecting the = the cooperative collaboration between SteamOS users Valve’s post mentioned.

    Thoughts?

    #69 1 year ago
  70. DrDamn

    @65
    It’s a much better value proposition if you already have the gaming PC though. The native spec wouldn’t need to be big. What is going to convince EA to do a native version though? They already do PS3/PS4/360/X1/PC. Why add more to support a rival commercial platform to Origin?

    No all PS3s support PS1 games, just bung a disc in.

    #70 1 year ago
  71. pcbros

    @70 – Nice observation!

    1st – Circle = SteamOS logo
    2nd – Box = Steambox / Circle inside = SteamOS running inside the Steambox
    3rd – Circle + Circle = SteamOS + Games

    I differ on the 3rd one… seeing how it’s announcements, it has to be games :) If not people will question the Steambox.

    @71 – But they said they are working with developers to bring their games natively to SteamOS.

    “Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014. “

    If the hardware inside the Steambox is cheap, it will choke trying to run those AAA titles.

    That’s my opinion…

    #71 1 year ago
  72. Virginityrocks

    I wonder if such an “open platform” would support GOG or Origin.

    #72 1 year ago
  73. pcbros

    SteamOS brings together two things I really like (Linux and PC gaming) and attempts to make it accessible to a large number of users. Kudos to Vavle! :D

    I’ve always liked Linux (since before Ubuntu became so popular). I appreciate the effort from the community to provide an OS that was free and replaced Windows. If you have kept up with the Linux community, it’s like the indies of the operating system world. Really exciting. I always try to push Linux on users who don’t need Windows exclusive software.

    Second, PC gaming needed a kick in the pants.

    #73 1 year ago
  74. NeoSquall

    @73 If the games are on Steam, they’ll be supported. Don’t be silly.

    Anyway, as I said to Dave in a rather long tweets sequence, IMHO there’s no use for a Steam “Box”, Valve can easily put its OS on any HTPC or mini PC already available and make it work.

    Since SteamOS will be free and open source, my guess their target will be any gaming jocks, Apple users and some daring TV hardware companies like Samsung and Panasonic, that would gladly take another shot at Sony by embedding SteamOS in their newest SmartTVs. Aside from these obvious targets, there might also be some actual gamers that will use SteamOS as intended, meaning as a console experience unbounded to the traditional “generation” cycle.
    As you can see, I haven’t mentioned any “device” because I think Valve isn’t aiming at a specific hardware setup, rather to which people might be interested in a game-oriented OS, because that’s the intended market for any OS.

    #74 1 year ago
  75. DSB

    Old Box: “Hi, I’m a gaming console”

    Steambox: “And I’m a Steambox”

    Old Box: “I play up to four apps at once, and if you pay me every month, you can even watch stuff on me that you’ve already paid for somewhere else”

    Steambox: “Bitch, please”

    #75 1 year ago
  76. Old MacDonald

    73: “I wonder if such an “open platform” would support GOG or Origin.”

    Yeah, well, first GOG and Origin have to support Linux.

    #76 1 year ago
  77. SplatteredHouse

    Given the impressive degree of backwards compatibility that’s still part of Windows, what would be the inclination to lose access to the majority of post ’95/xp titles?

    “The full Steam catalogue of over 3,000 titles can also be streamed from a device – a PC or laptop for example – running the operating system.” WTF?

    The source device needs to be running cowboyOS as well, to be able to use the stream functionality? Someone’s been talking to Microsoft about the way to market a new platform. What next for a piece of advice – “just call it OneBox…!” Sony haven’t been free of criticism over their proprietary aspirations either…
    (and, Valve have yet still to explain that Steambox concept, that Axle was it, that they got someone to make based around a miniPC bodyform, and then promptly and publicly DISOWNED the line, when it came time to launch the thing!)

    Go with what you know. I know “GabeN” as someone that runs a license business, that offers cracking discounts to consumers on games, provided they’re willing to use the platform he made (RELY on the platform he released) in order to PLAY them. I’m not trying to discount all the positives of Steam, but I do not know Valve, and neither do I consider their form as great, in the field of RUNNING ALL of the content/services.

    #77 1 year ago
  78. pcbros

    @76 – Free online gaming!

    I also like how any Steam game you buy, whether it was on a Mac, PC or Linux is available on all platforms (if the game supports it).

    And I’m pretty sure we can expect a MEGA Steam sale with the release of the SteamOS/Steambox! :D

    #78 1 year ago
  79. SplatteredHouse

    This is the complete opposite approach to gaming, as the kind of open future of non-DRM presented in practice, by GoG.

    #79 1 year ago
  80. Phoenixblight

    I had mentioned that this is what it would most likely be, that they would stream windows games to the device. I was surprised by going the OS route but it does make sense as you can just take it with you through a jump drive. Now the “steamBox” can be any device and there doesn’t need to be any specific hardware. I honestly don’t see a point as a power user. The only thing that will be interesting is the games and what triple A studios would get behind this as I can’t see EA, Activision, Ubisoft being bothered with this as that would mean porting the game not just for Windows,apple but now this linux OS which would remove all the things they have become accustomed to on the development side of things. All the middleware, directX, etc etc just for this one OS. This was rather dull and not exciting at all.

    #80 1 year ago
  81. Gekidami

    ^ Indeed. Though Valve could have announced a fart in the wind and PC fanboys would still be falling over themselves. Sorry but this whole thing is just nothing of interest, Joe Public wont give two shits about this, he’ll just stick to consoles or if ‘he’ does play PC games, Steam on his Windows OS.

    #81 1 year ago
  82. Panthro

    @82

    Sounding a bit cynical their.

    #82 1 year ago
  83. pcbros

    @81 – But aren’t all those companies having to adjust to port games to the XB1, PS4, iOS, Android, etc?

    If it means getting your game to a wider audience with potential profits, why not?

    @82 – Maybe but this could also be a turning point for PC gaming. I’m sure people questioned the Steam service when it was first announced.

    But let’s wait till the 2nd and 3rd announcement before we decide to trash it.

    #83 1 year ago
  84. Max Payne

    Just like Steam was only for people who actually had decent internet connection , Steam OS in begning will only use small number of people , but as time goes by…

    #84 1 year ago
  85. sleaker

    @80 – except GoG refuses to promote open-source development by rejecting prompts to make DoSBox game installations work out of the box on linux. GoG is one of the biggest hypocrites I’ve seen in the retail area, they consistently throw their competitors in a negative light, then turn around and engage in identical practices.

    #85 1 year ago
  86. Phoenixblight

    “port games to the XB1, PS4, iOS, Android, etc?”

    WHat crap are you smoking?

    iOS and ANdroid are easy to port most mobile games cost 50k to make in 6 months.

    Most developers don’t mess with Apple and if they do it tends to be a 6 months to a year til release? Why is that?

    Developing for windows based OS is easy as all games are developed on Windows machines and all the middleware products work with this in mind. EA, Activision, Ubisoft developing their own pipeline using Windows with windows in mind for PC and they all go with the lowest common denominator with their ports because they know the console variant is where all the money is and it will continue to be. They won’t be bother to invest vast sums of money to develop their own specialized workflow to make a SteamOS native game.

    The only way they will jump on to this OS is if the millions of Steam users all grab the steamOS and use it exclusively. I as a PC gamer and console gamer don’t see a point. I will not be assed to switch to an OS every time I want to play a game on the PC and I suspect the average joe won’t be either.

    #86 1 year ago
  87. Erthazus

    the death of consoles.
    Basically you can play games in any resolution, any FPS, any graphics you want with STEAM on your living room.
    The DEATH of any console.

    the fact that the system is unified and you can access any device you have at home for Steam. That is awesome.
    Now it only depends on what your hardware will be.

    If I want to play with 1080p and 60 FPS on my TV all the time I will use this, if I want a PC gaming I will use my PC with Steam. Simple as that.

    Now, you can play games in any resolution you want. Everything depends on your hardware.

    #87 1 year ago
  88. pcbros

    @87 – My point was that developers will not reject the Steambox because of it’s operating system.

    “Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014.”

    I bet we will see Ubisoft and Activision on that list.

    “Developing for windows based OS is easy as all games are developed on Windows machines and all the middleware products work with this in mind.”

    It might be easier, but that doesn’t stop them from making games for the Wii U and PS4 which are NOT Windows based.

    “I will not be assed to switch to an OS every time I want to play a game on the PC”

    Switch to an OS? You buy a Steambox, choose a game and play in your living room. If you have a great Windows gaming rig hooked up to your TV, then you play on that. Where is the switching?

    #88 1 year ago
  89. Phoenixblight

    “Switch to an OS? You buy a Steambox, choose a game and play in your living room. If you have a great Windows gaming rig hooked up to your TV, then you play on that. Where is the switching?”

    I have no need to buy a specific device for this. None what so ever. They won’t be able to make a device for the same price as a PS4 or Xbox one as they don’t have the funds to provide to manufacturers to cut costs for buying bulk.

    The big announcement is this OS as it will be free and you can install it on any device. You can essentially make any laptop,PC, smart TV into a steambox. The steambox(if there is one) will be a cheap computer for the people that won’t be bothered with getting a PC.

    “It might be easier, but that doesn’t stop them from making games for the Wii U and PS4 which are NOT Windows based.”

    Fact: Console bring in money far more than the PC counterparts. Its why publishers and developers don’t go all out with PC ports. Also it is quite easy to develop on the PS4 just as easy as it is to develop for Windows. I know this first hand along with all the developers saying as much on gamebiz and gamasutra.

    #89 1 year ago
  90. CyberMarco

    @88 Please tell me what PC with a >500$ budget can play games at “any resolution you want”…

    On topic, this can be a great success or an epic fail. I wouldn’t mind Valve creating a dedicated gaming OS for PC gaming, needing less resources to run compared to Windows. But the problem is, will developers bother to create new tools for this purpose?

    Also, me as a PC/console gamer, why would I need a SteamBox? To be able to stream my “Windows OS” games from my PC to SteamBox sitting in the living room? If that’s it, then it should cost less than 100$. If it’ll create a more development-friendly, less resource-hogging gaming machine then it all depends on the pricing.

    #90 1 year ago
  91. Diingo

    Steam OS could someday become an actual Linux distro to compete with Ubuntu.

    #91 1 year ago
  92. DSB

    I don’t see how there’s any way that Valve can make this a success unless they have windows titles running efficiently on SteamOS.

    That’ll take it from gamechanger to niche app.

    @91 That pretty much sums up the hardware woes. I don’t think there’s any risk of Valve delivering a high end PC for chump change, but I think it would be strange if they didn’t deliver some mid-range hardware at a competitive price.

    NeoSquall @75 sums it up pretty well. The streaming aspect is a given with smart TVs becoming standard, but it would be weird if they simply took a chance on the market accomodating them by putting out the boxes they need.

    There has to be a hardware deal hidden somewhere, otherwise this makes precious little sense. I’m guessing the Piston was dropped because it came in way over what any average joe would be willing to give for one.

    #92 1 year ago
  93. pcbros

    @90 – Ok good for you but not everyone owns a decent gaming rig hooked up to their television.

    So I take it you must think the Sony Vita TV is a waste as well?

    “They won’t be able to make a device for the same price as a PS4 or Xbox one as they don’t have the funds to provide to manufacturers to cut costs for buying bulk.”

    The SteamOS can be licensed to other manufacturers (I can see Alienware making Steamboxes). Second, even if the Steambox is more expensive than a Xbox One, it could provide a better value long term.

    Free online gaming alone will save gamers $50 a year.

    But just because you personally don’t have a need for the SteamOS or Steambox, why shoot it down?

    #93 1 year ago
  94. DSB

    @94 You won’t be able to sell a Steambox for much more than an Xbox One. It’s already a new brand, so you really need to give people something they’ve never seen before.

    The next announcements are gonna be interesting to say the least. But price is absolutely king.

    People aren’t sensible. They want to see a low pricetag now, not later on.

    #94 1 year ago
  95. Phoenixblight

    @94

    HP,Dell, PC manufacturers won’t be making steam boxes what they may do is include the SteamOS. You seem to think the SteamBox is a specialized device its not. It will be exactly like the original Xbox where they just take PC parts and put it in a box. Thats it. The OS is the core of Valve’s plan. Hardware that utilize it will be small fry and niche.

    #95 1 year ago
  96. Erthazus

    The thing that is great about Steam OS that you have a choice with the hardware.

    You can buy any hardware you need or want. You can upgrade it or forget about it. It will be interesting to see how this thing will sell hardware.

    and WHAT CONSOLE CAN LAUNCH DOTA2 ON THEIR TV? THERE IS NONE SO FUCK YOU. Yeeeah! : D

    #96 1 year ago
  97. SplatteredHouse

    All the currently competitive consoles are aligning themselves to a PC-like architecture, so if there are ports to SteamOS then how will they behave. Is it just another sku for weary publishers to port to, or, do they have to build specifically for SteamOS?

    Does it have any existing Middleware compatibility, or are Valve asking publishers to have their developers reinvent the wheel absurdly late on in this cycle?

    #97 1 year ago
  98. Old MacDonald

    Assuming this isn’t just some POS, then I don’t see why it can’t be successful among hardware producers. It’s an OS tailor made for games and media, it has the built in ability to stream games from your PC, it will be free to license and it’ll have netflix and all that. So why would anyone in their right mind make a TV box with Android for instance when this exists? (aka Valve just killed the Ouya)

    #98 1 year ago
  99. Erthazus

    Can you transfer everything you bought from previous gen XBL and PSN to the next?

    No. You can’t!

    With SteamOS – You can. You bought it. Play where you want and how you want with any hardware you want.

    #99 1 year ago
  100. Hcw87

    Can it play Xbox One/PS4 exclusive games?

    Nope, so we’ll still be buying next gen consoles.

    #100 1 year ago
  101. DSB

    @98 I’m pretty sure the idea is that if it works for PC, it’ll work for SteamOS. At least I certainly hope that’s the case.

    Obviously that would be more than slightly hard to do for their software engineers, but I’m hoping.

    My main concern is whether Valve will just make another walled garden. That would pretty much invalidate all the talk that lead us to this point. I would be greatly disappointed by that.

    A “console” (platform, whatever) that actually left itself open to competition would be a sight to see.

    #101 1 year ago
  102. pcbros

    @95 – Value and games are king. If price was the most important thing, then the Wii U is in position to own the next-generation.

    @96 – If they make PCs with the SteamOS, they are essentially making “Steamboxes”. You build a computer with the Mac OS, and you get an Apple computer. Nothing special about Apple’s hardware.

    If Valve just releases an OS, then what’s the game plan? Hope people replace their existing OS with the SteamOS? Hope people build a gaming PC and install the SteamOS? Doesn’t seem like it would be much of a success.

    While the OS is a big part, the hardware side will also be important. They need to get the SteamOS into people’s hands, not just tech-junkies (like me) who love installing different operating systems.

    This thing has to be attractive to the average person (or at the very least, the average Steam user). If not, why invest so much time and money into this “masterplan”?

    #102 1 year ago
  103. CyberMarco

    @Erth

    “The thing that is great about Steam OS that you have a choice with the hardware.”

    Ehm, yeah because you can’t do that already!

    Also you didn’t answer my question, can you play a game at “any resolution you want” with a budget PC?

    Also you can’t find any FF/MGS/KH blah blah blah on PC, so fuck you! :P

    “Can you transfer everything you bought from previous gen XBL and PSN to the next?”

    And what does it have to do with my question?

    @pcbros, as I said earlier a dedicated gaming OS would be a killer for me, if they could manage to deliver a machine for 500$ or less, with upgradeable components and with Steam OS making an AAA game on mid-high settings @60FPS look the same as a 800$+ windows machine then sure as hell I’m in.

    But it’s a long stretch I suppose.

    #103 1 year ago
  104. DSB

    @103 The Wii U isn’t directly competing with the PS4 and Xbox One though, it’s not a “core” game console.

    #104 1 year ago
  105. pcbros

    @104 – Each platform has their pros and cons. But I think Valve is trying to make the PC a true competing platform.

    The average person sees PC gaming as something only people with $2K rigs can do or something very complicated to deal with (errors, installs, patches, etc).

    Steam was a big step in the right direction. The SteamOS and Steambox are the next steps.

    @105 – Whether it competes or not, developers still makes games for it. And it’s install base isn’t exactly impressive. So if they make games for the Wii U, why not make games for the SteamOS?

    #105 1 year ago
  106. Phoenixblight

    “If Valve just releases an OS, then what’s the game plan? Hope people replace their existing OS with the SteamOS? Hope people build a gaming PC and install the SteamOS? Doesn’t seem like it would be much of a success.”

    You have never used Linux have you? You would dual boot it, just like some people do with macs or windows. Thats what you will have to do since this OS will be available to all to download and use there is no point for anyone to get a specific device that has SteamOS only. As I said you can grab a netbox for couple hundred, format it and install SteamOS place near the TV, jobs done. You could do the same thing with a mini PC and upgrade the parts as you see fit.

    #106 1 year ago
  107. DSB

    @106 Well, the Wii is a pretty bad example. You had an install base of what? 105 million on paper. Most third party titles didn’t even break 2 million.

    It was pretty incredible to see. The only third party games that sold more than 2 million was stuff like Just Dance and Zumba Fitness.

    It was absurd.

    Hopefully developers won’t have to accomodate SteamOS specifically. I’m really hoping it’ll play Windows games too. Otherwise it’s a bust.

    #107 1 year ago
  108. pcbros

    @107 – I have used Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu, MintLinux, Suse, etc). But not sure what that has to do with dual booting. But if you have a Windows gaming PC, why dual boot with SteamOS? Seems pointless. Stick with Windows.

    “as I said you can grab a netbox for couple hundred format it and install SteamOS place near the TV, jobs done.”

    Great, you built your first Steambox! But that cheap box might not handle AAA games.

    @108 – Developers have to treat the SteamOS like developing for Linux. No way to make Windows games run natively on a Linux-based SteamOS. Atleast, not that I can see.

    #108 1 year ago
  109. Phoenixblight

    @109

    Nor will Valves version especially for 300$. You would be dreaming.

    There is no way Valve will be able to get a device that plays all the games PS4 and Xbox One will for 300$ or even 500$. None. Valve doesn’t have that kind of freedom. They don’t have the money that Sony and MS put into next gen. They will have to buy all the parts a la carte and assemble them.

    #109 1 year ago
  110. pcbros

    @110 – I think if the Steambox is supposed to run AAA games well, you’d be looking at a $600 range retail price (that’s my guess).

    But price means nothing without first seeing the hardware, the features, and the games.

    By this weekend, we should have a clear picture of that this is all about. Till then, no sense trashing something we know little about.

    #110 1 year ago
  111. monkeygourmet

    @110

    I’m not really asking for a to and fro, but something is clearly happening and been in planning stages for some time in the ‘valve’ camp.

    I don’t think they would be completely misjudged in their concept (whatever that is), but you seem to have already decided what it is and why it won’t work…?

    I don’t quite understand the attitude, especially from someone in the industry? Surely this is exciting and Valve must be confident enough to make moves just as the 2 big players are about to launch?

    I think we need the other 2 parts of the puzzle before complaining with ifs and buts.

    Edit:

    Half Life 3, Portal 3 & Left for Dead 3 timed exclusives would prob shift a few boxes :)

    #111 1 year ago
  112. Phoenixblight

    @112

    Because I don’t understand how people are putting this on a pedestal and claiming its the second coming of christ. Its not not even close. I also have experience with game development and manufacturing so I am putting my 2 cents in as is most people. I was pretty accurate with what they had to do only I didn’t see them making an OS open for all devices.

    Valve has a lot of money for 200 employees and businesses like that do a lot of experiments because they can not all of them are good ventures. Google does it all the time infact they just jumped into the healthcare industry.

    “@110 – I think if the Steambox is supposed to run AAA games well, you’d be looking at a $600 range retail price (that’s my guess).”

    If that was the case they would have stayed with Piston but they dropped them.

    #112 1 year ago
  113. monkeygourmet

    “Because I don’t understand how people are putting this on a pedestal and claiming its the second coming of christ. Its not not even close. ”

    Hardly anyone has done that in this thread. To be honest, the majority seem to tilt towards a negative first impression. Even PCBros is just hypothesising by the looks of it.

    #113 1 year ago
  114. Phoenixblight

    @114

    no PCBros has been putting on a pedestal as others have maybe not in this thread but in all related to the SteamBox.

    Also who are you to tell me what I should or shouldn’t do. I am doing the same thing as anyone else here.

    #114 1 year ago
  115. DSB

    @109 If SteamOS is subject to the same old limitations of Linux, then it’s dead in the water.

    Either Valve find a way to make it work seamlessly with modern games, or they’ve lost already.

    Nobody’s gonna take Linux seriously in its current state. Unless SteamOS bridges the gap, it’s done.

    I’m guessing they must have found a way to do it though, otherwise this announcement seems kinda dumb.

    #115 1 year ago
  116. worntreads

    wouldn’t it be something if valve made a failproof compatibility layer with directx and xinput (and all the other proprietary microsoft stuff)? Even fi they didn’t, I’m having so much fun with the games from the humblebundles that I hardly play anything else. Most of those are available on steam for linux now, too. This brings up a question…what does the living room control scheme for FTL look like?

    I’m expecting a source2 announcment sometime this week as well. Steambox on Wed., source 2, games, and incredible easy mod integration on Friday. How about it?

    #116 1 year ago
  117. pcbros

    @113 – “Because I don’t understand how people are putting this on a pedestal and claiming its the second coming of christ. Its not not even close.”

    @115 – “no PCBros has been putting on a pedestal as others have”

    I’m personally excited (but then again I was also excited about EVERY console launch). I like technology and I enjoy seeing new products roll out. I happen to love PC gaming (Steam), so this news is especially exciting for me. Doesn’t mean I’m putting it on a pedestal. I’m sure you are excited about the PS4/XB1…

    I just like contributing to articles with personal opinions and predictions.

    You on the other hand, have been actively trashing this, even before any information was revealed. So which is worse, to be excited about a new product announcement or to shoot it down before it’s even announced?

    @116 – I don’t think SteamOS is just Linux with a Steam logo. I’m sure Valve has custmized it.

    #117 1 year ago
  118. Phoenixblight

    @118

    Shoot it down because I can be pleasantly surprised where you are building it to epic proportions and more than likely going to be shot down. I am also more informed in these things so its quite easy to see where the flaws lie.

    #118 1 year ago
  119. fkid

    Are you guys joking?! I read every comment and NONE of you seemed to notice that the SteamOS will allow for streaming games to play from a PC to the TV? It seems like most of you didn’t even scroll down the announcement page about the OS. Dear lord, we’re in trouble. A typical scenario may be, user A has an awesome gaming rig in one room, while he has a big screen TV on another floor, but he wants to game on that TV with a controller and using his current Steam library. Enter, the SteamOS with whatever hardware you want (as you have streaming).

    That aside, the OS will be optimized (as they mentioned) for titles to run better (graphics/audio drivers, latency reduction etc.) than on equivalent (as in cost vs. performance) PCs for developers that build their games to run on it. It also makes it simpler and easier (with potential financial incentive) for developers to create a Linux based port of their PC titles with a stable, single Linux-based SteamOS to focus on. Surely, it’s sensible to realize this isn’t some sort of epic, life-changing announcement, but we still have 2 more big updates left. Oh, and it’s free! Hold your horses before making sweeping judgements. And learn how to read!

    #119 1 year ago
  120. SplatteredHouse

    “I’m expecting a source2 announcment sometime this week as well. ”

    Oh? So, that means we’ll be finding out another new title for Valve’s old faves. Introducing: Counter Strike – Go Source! In which you play one of a crack team of militant PAs, that aren’t prepared to take “out of stock” for an answer.

    #120 1 year ago
  121. pcbros

    @119 – “Shoot it down because I can be pleasantly surprised where you are building it to epic proportions and more than likely going to be shot down.”

    Where do I build it up to epic proportions? Please quote…

    “I am also more informed in these things so its quite easy to see where the flaws lie.”

    You have no idea what my background is or probably anybody else’s. So how do you know you are more informed?

    Either way, I’m not going to get into a personal argument. I respect your opinion, I just don’t agree with it.

    In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for announcement #2! :D

    #121 1 year ago
  122. pcbros

    @120 – I mentioned the streaming feature in comment #29 :P

    #122 1 year ago
  123. Kabby

    Let the dog see the rabbit.

    #123 1 year ago
  124. Dave Cook

    @124 Let the Cornnish see the pastie.

    #124 1 year ago
  125. Pitts

    A fine excuse to build a new PC.

    #125 1 year ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • Pokemon developer, Sega collaboration teased

    Pokemon developer Game Freak is apparently working on something with Sega. The Sega Twitter published the following teaser image this week: pic.twitter.com/12XtR6f9LM — SEGA (@SEGA) March 5, 2015 Game Freak is, of course, the team behind the Pokemon games, and we often forget that it’s independent rather than a Nintendo studio. As such, whatever the […]

  • Rock Band 4 “feels almost like coming home”, says Harmonix

    Rock Band 4 has been a long time coming, and Harmonix is as excited as we are. Or it would be, if that were possible. Harmonix announced Rock Band 4 overnight to massive excitement, especially in the vicinity of me. It’s something we’ve all been waiting for, but no less has Harmonix been waiting for […]

  • Destiny Weekly Update – what’s coming in the pre-House of Wolves patch?

    Destiny guru Arekkz Gaming runs down what Bungie’s mysterious update means – and could mean. This week’s Destiny Weekly Update was kind of light on information, but sometimes even saying nothing is really saying something. What are your theories for what’s coming soon to Destiny?

  • Ashes of the Singularity is “the most advanced RTS ever”, says Stardock

    Stardock has revealed Ashes of the Singularity, a new take on sci-fi RTS. Ashes of the Singularity is described as “not an RTS battle, an RTS war” which sounds pretty exciting. Built on Oxide Games’ Nitrous Engine, Ashes of the Singularity boasts of thousands of units on screen at a time, each with multiple targeted […]

  • Disgaea 5: meet Zeroken and Christo

    Disgaea 5 developer Nippon Ichi has dropped a ton of new information regarding its next RPG. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is coming to PS4 in Japan this month ahead of its western launch in northern autumn. Gematsu has gathered all the latest intel on the RPG from a recent Nippon Ichi press release. Head […]

  • Skyworld VR strategy game looks kind of like playing with toys

    Skyworld is a new turn based strategy designed for use with VR headsets. Skyworld comes to us from Vertigo Games, and will be compatible with Valve’s Vive headset. IGN reports Vertigo has worked in close collaboration with the SteamVR project, so Skyworld will support both seated VR and full-room features. Think about that while you […]

  • Link and Ganon battle in new Legend of Zelda fan film

    The Legend of Zelda fans are clearly a very clever bunch. The production values on this Legend of Zelda fan film are through the roof. This is only the teaser, with the full movie from PlayerPiano to follow, and we’re pretty excited. By the way, Netflix is said to be working up a Live action […]

  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]