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Newell talks Big Picture Mode, teases “turnkey” Valve PCs for living rooms

Newell talks Big Picture Mode, teases “turnkey” Valve PCs for living rooms

Valve, as many of you already know, recently rolled Steam Big Picture Mode out of beta. For those who need a refresher, Big Picture Mode takes Steam and makes it play nice with larger screens, upping the resolution and allowing users to navigate the Steam interface using a controller. Despite the relatively simple idea, it would appear that Big Picture Mode has taken off, with Valve boss Gabe Newell telling Kotaku that the response from users has been "stronger than expected."

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Steam Big Picture Mode officially launches, Valve celebrates with sale

Steam Big Picture Mode officially launches, Valve celebrates with sale

PC players who love playing on the big screen rejoice, because Valve has officially launched Steam Big Picture Mode. Big Picture Mode has been in beta since September, but now it's ready for prime time, with Valve rolling the feature out to everyone. For the uninitiated, Big Picture Mode makes Steam and the games it offers compatible with larger screens, meaning you can hook up your computer to your TV and play your PC library from the couch.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 27, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone! This afternoon we heard that Apple's Richard Williamson has been ousted in an iOS Maps switch-up, while Nintendo confirmed the rumored Wii Mini - but it's only coming to Canada and won't have Internet capabilities. Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the OS launched last month, and even managed to sell 750,000 Xbox 360s during the week of Black Friday, despite the fact that the console is viewed as aging hardware by many.

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Super Hexagon now available on Steam

Super Hexagon now available on Steam

Super Hexagon, the popular indie game for iOS developed by Tim Cavanagh (creator of VVVVVV), is now available on Steam for the price of just $1.99 for a limited time. If you've gotten the chance to try the game out on iOS and ended up wasting hours and hours of your life trying to beat your own high score, we'd suggest getting this new desktop version as well.

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Do we really need the Steam autumn sale?

Do we really need the Steam autumn sale?

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of partying with a bunch of my friends. All of them are pretty big nerds, just like me. If you're a nerd too, you know that not much changes when a bunch of nerds get a few drinks in them, they just talk about nerdy things louder than usual. Therefore, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear that the Steam autumn sale was among the topics that came up that night.

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Steam autumn sale kicks off with deals on XCOM, Darksiders II

Steam autumn sale kicks off with deals on XCOM, Darksiders II

Just as the prophecy foretold, Valve has started the long-awaited Steam autumn sale. The autumn sale may traditionally be outshined by the longer and larger holiday sale, but there are still some pretty excellent deals to take advantage of right this minute. For instance, some of the featured deals include Darksiders II at $16.99 (that's 66% off) and XCOM: Enemy Unknown for $33.48 (33% off).

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone! Today we found out that shipping times for the iPhone 5 have gone down to two weeks, which should be good news for those who have been waiting to get their hands on one. HP announced that Autonomy's "serious accounting improprieties" have left it with a whopping $8.8 billion bill, while afterward insiders were saying that HP never wanted to close on the Autonomy deal in the first place.

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Steam autumn and winter sale dates leak out

Steam autumn and winter sale dates leak out

For many, the end of the year means spending time with family and friends while stuffing yourself full of delicious food, but for gamers, there's always an added perk to the holiday season: cheap games. Black Friday deals might be the source of these cheap games for some, but when it comes to PC gaming, it's all about the Steam sales. Get ready to empty your wallets, because the dates for Steam's autumn and winter sales have been leaked out and the festivities kick off tomorrow.

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Valve hardware beta already underway with three different contollers

Valve hardware beta already underway with three different contollers

We're getting some pretty exciting news about Valve's hardware beta, and strangely enough that news is coming from 4chan. A group of fans from 4chan went to Valve's offices to wish Gabe Newell a happy birthday (even giving him a home made Team Fortress 2 hat as a gift), and the head honcho was kind enough to hang out in the lobby and answer some questions. The video one 4chan member recorded lasts almost an hour, and though the whole thing is worth a watch, it's Gabe's discussion of the Valve hardware beta that we're going to hone in on.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 6, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 6, 2012

Welcome to the SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: Presidential Edition. The world of tech didn't come to a halt just because we needed to go out and vote, so in case you missed it, here's the big news from the day. We learned today that HTC and Verizon will be holding a press event on November 13, and it's there that we're expecting to get our first official introduction to the HTC DROID DNA. Speaking of HTC, the company gave us its earnings for October 2012 today, and they aren't looking all that great. Halo 4 officially launched today, but it isn't without its share of server problems, and physical Google Wallet cards have been confirmed on a Google support page.

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