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Valve SteamOS Controller 2 hands-on: still weird, getting smoother

Valve SteamOS Controller 2 hands-on: still weird, getting smoother

It’s once again time to get up close and personal with Valve’s next-generation hardware for SteamOS, this time with directional buttons and XYAB buttons instead of a touchpad. While we got a bit of time with the first iteration of this beast back at CES 2014, it was generally understood that we’d be seeing a version with a touchscreen attached. Since then, things have changed.

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Valve “Free to Play” gaming documentary video released in full

Valve “Free to Play” gaming documentary video released in full

The team at Valve responsible for releasing the gaming documentary "Free to Play" aren’t making any attempt to pretend it was done for profit in and of itself. Instead, released in its entirety entirely for free, Free to Play is a feature-length documentary aimed at changing the minds of those who view it, or for those that already consider gaming to be a "legitimate" occupation, sport, or activity, to strengthen their resolve.

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Steam is down (again), it’s not just you

Steam is down (again), it’s not just you

If you’re a regular Steam user, you may have noticed that this gaming network has been down a bit more often than usual as of late. Having seen issue just this past week and here now again not a week later, it would seem that a recurring issue must be at fault. And it’s not a scheduled maintenance point, if that’s what you’re thinking.

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SteamOS controller redesign up close: buttons galore

SteamOS controller redesign up close: buttons galore

Back at Steam Dev Days in January of this year, Valve first showed off a glimpse of their redesigned SteamOS controller. After deciding it was silly to include a touchscreen on the gamepad, the original controller was tossed out, and the most recent generation began. "Most recent" as in - there’ve been many, many prototypes, but this one is the closest we’ve gotten to the final product.

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Steam is down, it’s not just you

Steam is down, it’s not just you

This morning at around 12:15 PM Central Time (immediately after noon) Steam went down for the count. While some users reported that Steampowered.com had been down for a period earlier today, then back on at around noon, the Steam network is down at the time this article is published. Users have been reporting problems for approximately 15-20 minutes at this point.

UPDATE: If it is Monday, March 17th when you read this, you're going to want the new Steam is Down post - the one you're in now is from last week.

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Defense Grid 2 headed to Xbox One, PS4, Linux, OS X, Steam

Defense Grid 2 headed to Xbox One, PS4, Linux, OS X, Steam

As one of the most well-received tower defense games in its day, gamers have long been chattering about a second iteration of the game Defense Grid. Hidden Path Entertainment and 505 Games are all about bringing the heat here this summer, though, as they’re set to release Defense Grid 2 (aka DF2) to consoles. In this case, it means that as the game is release to PCs through Steam, this game will be headed to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network as well.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts: Customization Packs get ducky

Call of Duty: Ghosts: Customization Packs get ducky

Today Call of Duty: Ghosts will be updated with a collection of "customization packs" that allow the user to see their gear covered with oddities. Supposing you enjoyed the holiday-themed layout for your deadly firearm in Call of Duty: Ghosts at the end of last year, the folks responsible for keeping the game fresh have just what the doctor ordered. Several new packs released this week include Ducky, Inferno, Circuit, and no less than Space Cats.

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Hawken heads to Steam: PvP pimp-my-mech Titanfall pre-cursor

Hawken heads to Steam: PvP pimp-my-mech Titanfall pre-cursor

It's a big day for the folks that develop the mech-battle game Hawken as they leave their download-it-yourself space and enter Steam. From this point forward, this free-to-play machine vs machine game will be tied to Steam, complete with in-game purchases and full distribution. Today marks the first patch that will come from Steam - this and all future patches for the game will also come from Steam.

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Steam Music Beta plays music whilst you game

Steam Music Beta plays music whilst you game

This week the folks at Valve have released Steam Music Beta, a local music service that'll allow you to easily play music while you play games with SteamOS. THis service will be added to any machine running SteamOS, and is automatically added to any build for users working with the Steam Client Beta. To access this bit through the Steam Client Beta, users have only to head into System Settings.

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