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Valve: No “exclusive killer” games for SteamOS

Valve: No “exclusive killer” games for SteamOS

Valve may be pushing its SteamOS platform for gaming-centric Steam machines, but the company won't be trying to "artificially" drive sales by making upcoming titles like much-anticipated Half-Life 3 exclusives. "That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam Machines" Valve's Anna Sweet confirmed to IGN when questioned about the possibility of future games being limited to the customized PCs. "Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platforms."

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Nether first person survival game hits Steam today

Nether first person survival game hits Steam today

If you're a fan of survival games, developer Phosphor Games has announced early open access via Steam to its new first-person survival game called Nether. The game is being discounted during the Steam Halloween Sale. Gamers who have pre-ordered the game previously will receive additional in game perks for being among the first to support the game.

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Steam users eclipse Xbox Live, PSN still far and away tops

Steam users eclipse Xbox Live, PSN still far and away tops

This afternoon the folks at Valve have let it be known that they're rolling in with a cool 65 million users total for the Steam gaming network. This number can be compared to the most recent report from Sony on the PlayStation Network working with 110 million users and Microsoft reporting that they're in at 48 million users in Xbox Live. These numbers are not the same as "active users", a number which is much more difficult to grasp.

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SteamOS: gaming titans John D Carmack, Tim Sweeney, and Johan Andersson react

SteamOS: gaming titans John D Carmack, Tim Sweeney, and Johan Andersson react

This week the folks at NVIDIA have put three of history's biggest names in gaming development on stage together, and one of the key questions put to them right off the bat stuck in Valve's SteamOS. John D Carmack, co-founder of id Software and CTO at Oculus VR (with the Oculus Rift), Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, and Johan Andersson, Technical Director of Frostbite at EA DICE have spoke up on how they perceive not only Valve's newest push for Steam Machines and SteamOS, but in the original release of Steam as well - back when each of their gaming companies had to react to it in the first place.

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SteamOS to have NVIDIA developer tools from day one

SteamOS to have NVIDIA developer tools from day one

This week the folks at NVIDIA have suggested that their developer program GameWorks will not be limited to the likes of Linux and Android - not by any stretch of the imagination. NVIDIA made clear that not only would they be extending GameWorks support - developer tools for games, that is - for Ubuntu environments, but for SteamOS as well. In other words - those gaming developers hoping to optimize their games for Steam Machines with NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards will be able to do so.

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Valve Steam Controller demo shows SteamOS peripheral at play

Valve Steam Controller demo shows SteamOS peripheral at play

Valve may not be shipping its Steam Machine gaming systems to early testers until later this year, but you can already see what the Steam Controller can do thanks to a demo of the prototype. The non-final hardware has a simple four-button pad where the eventual controller will have a color touchscreen, but you can certainly see how the twin touchpads hold up as analog stick alternatives.

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Portal short film “Survive!” filmed in YouTube Space

Portal short film “Survive!” filmed in YouTube Space

In Los Angeles, California, there's a film location called YouTube Space, one where users are able to rent the floor for free - just so long as the product heads to YouTube. Here we've got one of a wide variety of videos shot at this lovely location, presented here by Colin and Connor McGuire and centering in on the Valve video game series Portal. This story is part of a grand scheme which involves both the Portal video game and the tie-in comic "Portal 2: Lab Rat."

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Valve Steam Dev Days brings developers to Seattle in January

Valve Steam Dev Days brings developers to Seattle in January

This January we'll be seeing another major gaming event the likes of which will be a lot closer to what we've seen in Apple's WWDC and Google I/O in years past. What we've got here is Steam Dev Days, a two-day event to be held in 2014 in Seattle Washington. This series of talks will center around the Steam gaming universe, likely hinging on the new SteamOS and Steam Machine hard and software most of all.

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NVIDIA details Steam Machine involvement further: GeForce GTX on point

NVIDIA details Steam Machine involvement further: GeForce GTX on point

As Valve vets 300 lucky gamers to test drive its prototype Steam Machines, NVIDIA PR manager Brian Burke and Valve Linux team member Mike Sartaina this weekend discussed how their two companies are working together to develop the best possible living room operating system at attractive price points. Although they have collaborating on everything from driver performance to controller lag reduction, Valve's key interest has been NVIDIA'S GeForce GTX series of GPUs (graphical processing units.)

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