Virtual reality is one of those things that periodically comes out on the table as a future technology that will become indispensable any day now. But with each new VR promise, the public quickly gets annoyed with the technology in reality. Valve has apparently been testing Team Fortress 2 made for VR to see if there’s any future in VR-based Valve games.
While Valve has yet to officially show off the Steam Box, hardware manufacturer Xi3 was at CES showing off a Valve-branded mini computer box called the Piston. This is very likely Valve’s Steam Box console, but neither Valve nor Xi3 were offering any more details for now.
Don’t worry… Guillermo Del Toro did get permission from Valve to rip off GlaDOS’s voice for ‘Pacific Rim’
If you remember the first trailer for Pacific Rim, there was a helpful sounding computer voice throughout that sounded awfully familiar. Sounded a hell of a lot like GlaDOS from Portal. But if you were hoping Valve had sent their lawyers out, you’re going to be disappointed. Del Toro is a huge fan of Valve’s games and got permission to use the voice, even if it’s not the same character.
Valve’s Steam Box console is a real thing and it really is coming sometime this year in 2013. And the other thing? It will be running all of your Steam games and Steam profile and whatnot through Linux, which is convenient that last year Valve finally released Steam for Linux.
Once a game is on the Steam store, it takes a lot to get it removed, but it didn’t take long for the Arma III Day Z mod rip-off, The War Z, to get ripped down from Steam. The game was horribly unfinished, offered lots of features that never existed and the developer went to great lengths to deceive people and take their money.
Seriously… go get you some really good games at a discount. You know the deal.
Yesterday, Valves launched Big Picture mode on Steam, which means if you’ve got a PC hooked up to your television, you can now play games through Steam in a way much better suited to a large screen, instead of having to squint to see text that was meant for a tiny 13” screen. If anyone here has tried it, let me know what you think.
Plenty of people already play PC games on their television, but when you’re sitting several feet away, keyboard in your lap, looking at a 40 to 60 inch screen, things like text and the mouse pointer may get lost on a game that was meant to be played on a 20something-ish screen from about a foot away. But with Steam’s new Big Picture mode, PC gaming on your living room TV is about to get easier.
Big Picture beta starts soon. More info here.
Steam was one of the first major game download portal, and now Valve is keeping up with the competition by offering non-game software through Steam. The changes are coming this September, and hopefully Steam will continue to be the best place to buy discounted software, giving people another option instead of the Apple and Windows stores.
The official date for the launch of non-game software is September 5th, so mark your calendars.
Windows 8 isn’t coming out til October, but already reactions have been very mixed. Some people like it, others hate it. In the haters column, you can now add Valve founder Gabe Newell, who says Windows 8 will be a catastrophe for developers (developers developers), because the Windows Store will bring smaller profits for developers and kill off open distribution systems.