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Apple CEO Tim Cook spotted at Valve offices

Apple CEO Tim Cook spotted at Valve offices

The head of Apple has reportedly been meeting with people at PC gaming giant Valve, right at a time when Valve has been the subject of rampant rumors. The company posted job ads for what appears to be a hardware initiative or at least something that sounds like a complete departure from its long-standing traditional business model. So Apple having some sort of position in that would be interesting to say the least.

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Valve confirms Wearable Computing R&D

Valve confirms Wearable Computing R&D

Valve has confirmed that it is doing its own research into wearable computing, joining a club that includes Google's Project Glass and Nokia R&D, though the company has warned not to expect a commercial product any time soon. Managing director Michael Abrash revealed his pet project this week, researching the future of hardware and software for wearable, "Terminator vision" style devices that could possibly be a direction Valve might follow.

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Valve job listing points to potential hardware offering

Valve job listing points to potential hardware offering

Last month, a rumor arose indicating that Valve was working on a “Steam Box” designed to rival console experiences. The company was said to be looking to use powerful PC hardware, like an Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA graphics card, and pairing it with a customized software experience. The box wouldn’t be locked down though, with Valve hoping to establish a hardware set of minimum hardware guidelines for developers. Engadget has spotted a job listing that adds further credence to the rumor, with Valve looking for an electronics engineer.

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Portal 2 alternate realities detailed by Valve writers

Portal 2 alternate realities detailed by Valve writers

There are now two Portal games out there in the wild, both of them created with Valve ultimately simple concept of a factory testing technology on you, the player - but that's not all the writers on the team had in mind at one point or another. As all games begin with an idea, so too did Portal 2 begin with a notion that even though Portal could exist as a one-off game, it certainly didn't need to. Speaking up this week at an event in San Francisco, Valve writers Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw spoke on how iterations of the game Portal 2 existed in which there were no portals, no character Chell, and no GLaDOS factory at all - a maddening set of realities indeed!

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Valve denies Steam Box console rival rumor

Valve denies Steam Box console rival rumor

Digital game distributor Valve has denied plans to create an Xbox 360 and PS3 rivaling games console or, indeed, to push its own PC reference design, claiming hardware that may have fueled such rumors are merely test boxes for its own use. "We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that" Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi told Kotaku, going on to suggest that the company is "building boxes to test that on" but "it's a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware."

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Valve Team Fortress 2 switch to free-to-play a good idea says company

Valve Team Fortress 2 switch to free-to-play a good idea says company

Some people may have felt disappointment that a sense of exclusivity went away when Valve decided to make its Team Fortress 2 game available for everyone to play for free. But Valve, which is a business after all and relies on the bottom line, says it was hands down the right decision to make. No matter how ardent of a fan you are, once you see the numbers you'll have to agree.

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Valve Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ditches cross-platform play says company

Valve Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ditches cross-platform play says company

Valve has decided to axe the ability for PC and PS3 players to compete head-to-head in the upcoming game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, just weeks after it said the feature would be one of the defining parts of the game. The problem, according to the company, is that allowing cross-platform play would mean the PC version wouldn't be able to get continuous patches and updates.

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Valve Steam Box console challenger tipped in pipeline

Valve Steam Box console challenger tipped in pipeline

Digital game distribution company Valve is working on a "Steam Box" console rival to the Xbox 360 and PS3 along with set-top boxes like the Apple TV, it's reported, an open platform using both standard and custom PC hardware. Rather than an own-built console, the so-called Steam Box would be based on an open spec design with custom Valve software, The Verge's sources suggest, with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and NVIDIA graphics at its core. A proprietary controller - potentially including interchangeable controls, such as analog sticks, new buttons and the like, as illustrated in a patent Valve filed last year - could also be on the cards.

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Valve’s Steam analyzed in infographic

Valve’s Steam analyzed in infographic

It's in vogue right now to say that PC gaming is dead. When we talk about digital downloads in the marketplace, it's always sexier to talk about Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network. But there's a new infographic that shows just how strong of a segment those people with their mousepads and keyboards still are. In fact, some of these numbers might shock you.

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