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CES 2016 will be heavy on the VR

CES 2016 will be heavy on the VR

This week we've received a glass cube with a "hologram" of a smartphone inside - it's an invitation to an event at CES 2016. This is just one example of the absolute above-and-beyond effort manufacturers and developers are pouring in to the promotion of virtual reality devices and software. In this case, the brand is YEZZ, and the device is a smartphone that can capture the world around you in virtual reality mode. HTC, too, will be bringing another big VR package to the consumer electronics show 2016.

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HTC Vive release date set, Valve VR DK2 incoming

HTC Vive release date set, Valve VR DK2 incoming

HTC has announced the release date of their Valve collaborative project, the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. This headset uses a couple of hand controllers and a room-wide playing area to differentiate itself from the competition, and exists as a team effort between HTC (for manufacturing) and Valve (for software). We had our first look at the HTC Vive and Steam VR back in March of this year - now just a little over a year later, the device will be headed to stores for the masses.

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Lost Half Life: Episode 4 screenshots discovered

Lost Half Life: Episode 4 screenshots discovered

It's been more than 8 years since we've seen any additions to the Half Life series. Half Life 2: Episode 2 left us with a cliffhanger that has yet to get any resolution. While it's becoming less and less clear that we'll ever see the ending of that story, let's talk about the game that was supposed to come after Episode 3. That's right, Episode 4 was already in the works years ago, and we've got some interesting new screenshots of it.

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Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

While the teardown experts iFixit have been busy lately with a number of new Apple products, they've found time to open up and offer a peek inside the Steam Controller, Valve's new gaming accessory that offers a completely different experience with its dual trackpads. iFixit found that at first glance the internal components weren't that different from what in other standard gaming controllers these days, but they came away very pleased with how little glue was used and how easy it could be repaired.

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Steam finally lets you permanently delete games from your library

Steam finally lets you permanently delete games from your library

Valve's Steam has turned into a behemoth of a digital marketplace for PC games, selling just about any title that sees release today. That means some gamers have amassed huge collections, including games they may never play again, or never really wanted in the first place, whether they were bundle extras or redeemed gifts. Unfortunately, Steam has never really made it an option to delete a game from a user's library. Until today.

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Valve will reportedly do away with Steam’s Daily and Flash sales

Valve will reportedly do away with Steam’s Daily and Flash sales

Steam Sales have historically been big deals. I don't buy many games these days, mostly because I've filled up on them in previous years. I'd wake up early to see what was on sale, and continue to check back throughout the day, as some of those would change throughout the day. But for the upcoming Autumn and Winter sales, that might be changing.

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SteamOS suffers massive performance hits over Windows 10

SteamOS suffers massive performance hits over Windows 10

You have to admit that Valve is a pretty interesting company when it comes to the world of gaming. They could have easily just been another great game developer with a strange fascination with hats. But instead, over the last decade, they have completely changed the way we play games on a PC. This started with their release of the Steam client, and more recently by developing an entire OS just for playing games. But how well do games perform on their SteamOS?

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Steam Controller configured to allow disabled gamer play Skyrim with one hand

Steam Controller configured to allow disabled gamer play Skyrim with one hand

The Steam Controller, as well as the new Xbox One Elite controller from Microsoft, are truly revolutionary for disabled gamers in that they allow complete button re-mapping and customization, letting those who don't have full use of their hands reach and use the controls necessary to play a game. The Steam Controller especially allows levels of customization never seen before, and one user demonstrates this by creating a layout for playing the hit game Skyrim with one hand, fulfilling a request from another disabled player.

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Steam Item Stores revisits the idea of paid mods on Steam

Steam Item Stores revisits the idea of paid mods on Steam

Remember earlier this year when Valve and Bethesda teamed up to allow paid mods for Skyrim via Steam? It's safe to say that the effort blew up in their faces, as users lashed out at both companies. Eventually the paid mod store was pulled down, and considered to be a failure. Well, Valve has decided to re-introduce the idea of putting community-created content up for sale, but they're taking a different approach this time.

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ZOTAC NEN Steam Machine packs an i5 Skylake and GTX 960

ZOTAC NEN Steam Machine packs an i5 Skylake and GTX 960

Valve has made some interesting moves over the last few years, first announcing their own Linux-based OS specifically tailored for gaming, and then stepping into the hardware business. So far, they have only released a controller, and a streaming box, but they have started partnering with a few different companies to make “Steam Machines.” These are small, yet powerful boxes that run their special SteamOS, and give you more of a console-like experience. Today, ZOTAC has shown off their first Steam Machine, dubbed the ZOTAC NEN.

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Steam Halloween Sale celebrates with spooky deals

Steam Halloween Sale celebrates with spooky deals

We already know that Valve enjoys getting into the spirit of the spookiest of holidays. In addition to releasing special Halloween game modes for Team Fortress 2, the company has kicked off a short Halloween Sale on some of your favorite scary (and not-so-scary) games.

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Valve resurrects Halloween modes for Team Fortress 2

Valve resurrects Halloween modes for Team Fortress 2

Valve might not be good at trilogies, but they love community events. This year marks the seventh Halloween event for Team Fortress 2, and they're making it a doozy. Instead of making just one new game mode, they've decided to bring back all six previous Halloween modes. They're not just slacking off by re-hashing old content, there will be some new stuff to enjoy, as well.

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