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Portal and Left 4 Dead demos found inside SteamVR Performance Test

Portal and Left 4 Dead demos found inside SteamVR Performance Test

If you haven't already downloaded the SteamVR Performance Test, it's not a bad idea to give it a shot. Though if you're not planning on venturing into the world of VR, then it might not be all that useful to you. However, those that are looking forward to getting their Vive or Rift in the coming months would do well to make sure that their machine is capable of rendering the video necessary to make the experience enjoyable. There are also some hidden gems tucked away in the demo, as well.

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This is the HTC Vive consumer edition

This is the HTC Vive consumer edition

Today we've had our first look - up close, that is - at the HTC Vive consumer edition. It's not all that different from the headset that's already been out and visible before now, that being the developer version, but it does have its tiny tweaks. The developer version also went by the name "VIVE PRE" - now we're seeing the version consumers like yourself will be purchasing not too long from now for a cool $800 USD.

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SteamVR Performance app tests if your PC is Vive-ready

SteamVR Performance app tests if your PC is Vive-ready

The countdown has begun for the virtual reality market's big retail debut, with giant players like Oculus and HTC/Valve, revving up their respective engines. But unlike VR headsets like the Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, or LG 360 VR, an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive isn't just some accessory you buy and put on your head and hope that things magically work. You'll need to make sure that your PC is ready in the first place. And to help with that, Valve has released a SteamVR Performance Test app ahead of the start of the Vive's pre-order period.

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Sega offers up Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe and more for free

Sega offers up Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe and more for free

Everyone loves getting free stuff. Unless it's junk mail, which while free, is still junk. But I'm talking about getting something that you'd actually pay for, for free. And right now, Sega is giving away some classic games that will take you back a few years.

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Call of Duty Black Ops III gets cheap multiplayer-only version on Steam

Call of Duty Black Ops III gets cheap multiplayer-only version on Steam

Activision has just released a version of Black Ops III that many Call of Duty fans have likely wanted for some time: one that only has the multiplayer mode. Available now on PC via Steam, the Multiplayer Starter Kit leaves out all the non-multiplayer essentials, like that boring campaign story, and lets players just focus on gunning down human opponents. Plus, it's only $15. However, there's still a number of multiplayer features taken off the table for that low price.

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Street Fighter V gets a surprise release on SteamOS and Linux

Street Fighter V gets a surprise release on SteamOS and Linux

Earlier this month, sad news was delivered to Linux gamers everywhere. Arkham Knight was canceled on their OS of choice (as well as on the Mac). Of course, with all of the issues that PC gamers encountered with the game since its original launch, it really wasn't much of a surprise to see it get canned on other platforms. Thankfully, there are other, better games that will see Linux releases.

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Steam may accept Bitcoin for games in the future

Steam may accept Bitcoin for games in the future

Valve is a company that's known for innovating. After all, they were the first company to get PC gamers to welcome DRM with open arms. They also pioneered the idea of letting you sell collectable hats. Well, if rumors are to be believed, they might soon change the way you pay for video games.

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Peter Molyneux is not actually retiring, Godus remains

Peter Molyneux is not actually retiring, Godus remains

In what was either a momentary hacking or a brilliant use of PR, Peter Molyneux seemed to have been retiring for about 20 minutes this afternoon. In the moments after Molyneux's Twitter confirmed that he'd be taking the game Godus down from Steam AND he'd be retiring from the game industry, major news sources aplenty jumped on the opportunity to report. Not 13 minutes later, Molyneux appeared to have regained control over his Twitter account, suggesting he'd been hacked.

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Atari Vault brings 100 classic games to Steam

Atari Vault brings 100 classic games to Steam

There was a time when Atari was the biggest name in video games. Sadly, the company has changed hands so many times that it's hard to even call it the same company we once knew and loved. But the games that they made back in the day are still fun to look back on, and soon you'll have a new way to play them.

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New Half-Life sequel coming next month

New Half-Life sequel coming next month

Fans of the Half-Life series have been waiting for a very long time. Sure, there are other game franchises that have gone longer without a sequel, but few were left with such a cliffhanger ending, and so little communication about the next game in the series. Well, today in a surprising announcement, we've found out that we will be getting a Half-Life sequel in less than a month. But it probably isn't the one you've been hoping for.

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Valve adds 100 Gbps connections to keep up with download demands

Valve adds 100 Gbps connections to keep up with download demands

When you decide that your internet speeds just aren't enough to keep up with modern entertainment, you talk to your ISP and they change you over to a different package. Sure, it'll cost a bit more, but you'll be able to stream Netflix and download games at the same time, without having one or the other slowed down to a crawl. But what do you do if you're one of the largest digital game providers?

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Climbing Mount Everest with the HTC Vive Pre VR headset

Climbing Mount Everest with the HTC Vive Pre VR headset

Virtual reality is a strange place to visit, particularly when that virtual reality is a mountain you’ve never been to in person. At CES this week, NVIDIA showed off the HTC Vive Pre VR headset with a Mount Everest demonstration -- that is, a snowy digital landscape very carefully created to simulate the real thing, tents and all. Of course, imparting the climbing experience in virtual reality is not really possible, at least not in the absence of a stepping machine and air conditioner. Making you feel as if you might plunge down an icefall abyss, though? They nailed that part.

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