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ILMxLAB created for Star Wars interactive experiences aplenty

ILMxLAB created for Star Wars interactive experiences aplenty

The folks at Industrial Light and Magic, the creators of the special effects and the entire look of Star Wars, have created a new experience lab. This effort is called ILMxLAB, and it's really made up of the efforts of ILM, Skywalker Sound, and Lucasfilm's story group. Together, the crew will create immersive experiences - augmented reality and virtual reality - for the first generation of market-ready VR devices. This means Oculus Rift, it means Valve's HTC VIVE, and it means everything in-between.

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Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

It has begun - Valve and HTC have shipped the first round of Vive VR headsets to developers of all sorts. What you're about to see is a series of photos of the Vive Dev Kit manual, the box, and the headset itself, as shipped to users across the United States, Canada, and abroad. As Valve's Chet Faliszek suggests, "this first wave includes a wide range of developers from major movie studios, triple A developers, to small indie teams working on their first title."

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SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

Back in September of 2013, Valve revealed SteamOS - now it's time for action. Here in June of 2015, just a bit under two years later, Valve's revealed the final iteration of the Steam Controller, the key to the system - the one component you can't buy anywhere else. Every other piece of this gaming environment can be had elsewhere, or run on a PC you've got at home. After months and months of preparation, Valve's presented a system they hope will take over your living room. Is it too late? Has the company lost all momentum? Is SteamOS dead in the water before it launches in ernest?

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Steam Machines released for pre-order – for real this time

Steam Machines released for pre-order – for real this time

Valve's SteamOS operating system is coming, complete with the Steam Controller and Steam Machines and the Steam Link. Today pre-orders have opened up for the lot of these devices, starting with the Steam Link, the Steam Controller, and two Steam Machines right out the gate. Valve suggests that pre-orders will receive their hardware starting October 16th while the rest of the SteamOS collection will be released to the public this November. That's November for the general release of SteamOS for the public, for everyone.

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Steam is Down, with a new Refund Policy to boot

Steam is Down, with a new Refund Policy to boot

Valve's gaming system Steam is down throughout much of Western Europe as the brand introduces a new Refund Policy. One has very little to do with the other, of course, but both should be taken into consideration as you head to your favorite multiplayer game this afternoon. What you're going to see is a lot less competition from your friends in Germany and a lot more chat about how, if a game is less than 2 hours long, you might just be getting the whole experience for free.

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That dinosaur game works in VR with Oculus Rift

That dinosaur game works in VR with Oculus Rift

ARK: Survival Evolved is announced to be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam for PCs with Oculus Rift support. This game was first revealed in incognito mode earlier this month, and just this week was shown to the public with support for virtual reality headsets. Thus far Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4 and Oculus Rift by Oculus VR have been confirmed. Whether or not Valve's own Steam VR will work with the system is still up in the air. We're guessing that YES, it probably will work - and there'll be dragons, too!

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“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

The dinosaur-filled "ARK: Survival Evolved" MMO has been announced today with plans for virtual reality involvement on PlayStation 4. This game will be played from a first-person perspective and will have users walking around an ancient landscape with futuristic tools. You'll have "about 60 distinct species" of ancient Earth creature in "a real place that you can walk through, explore, and truly experience in your own way." This is the dinosaur age of video games starting in earnest. This is really happening, and it's happening on the PlayStation 4 with Project Morpheus, Xbox One, and Steam for both PC and Mac systems.

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Steam is down: Web API, Store, Community are all out

Steam is down: Web API, Store, Community are all out

This morning Valve is having a bit of an issue with its Steam Store and Steam Community pages. If you're aiming to play games with friends, you can probably make an attempt, but you'll be really SUPER lucky if you're able. The Steam Database and DB Updater appear to be running as normal, while Steam CMs are at 74% online. Steam Store and Community are either down or Very Slow for most users around the world. That means you, Jimmy. Go outside and play instead.

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See Valve’s Half-Life with new eyes in Black Mesa

See Valve’s Half-Life with new eyes in Black Mesa

Half-Life is one of the seminal games that catapulted Valve into fame, aside from the Steam platform of course. Thanks to the game's engine and its moddability, Half-Life has taken on different forms, some of which try to bring the game forward into the current century. Black Mesa, released in 2012 after 8 years in the woodwork, was one of those mods but now it has taken a life of its own. Presenting Black Mesa, a Steam Early Access game that promises to re-imagine Half-Life as if it were a game created today.

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Steam developers may now ban users

Steam developers may now ban users

Should a player resort to cheating in a game you make and release to Steam, you now have the power to ban that player from your game. Valve has released this newest ability to developers as of the 29th of April, 2015, and it should be rolling out to all developers by the end of the weekend. This transfers the responsibility of banning users from Valve to the developers of the games, the same people who would be concerned with said cheating in the first place.

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Unreal Engine 4 expands VR support with Valve

Unreal Engine 4 expands VR support with Valve

Today Epic Games and Valve have announced Unreal Engine 4 support for SteamVR with the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. While we've worked with an experienced Unreal Engine 4 with Oculus (to great effect) before, today Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic, suggests that Epic is extremely pumped up to move forward with development tools for SteamVR as well. "This technology is incredibly freeing," said Sweeney, "There is a magical sense of immersion in walking around a VR space and directly interacting with it."

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Valve ditches Steam paid mod plan after backlash

Valve ditches Steam paid mod plan after backlash

A few days ago, we talked about the plans that Valve had put into place that would allow paid mods to be sold for Skyrim via the Steam Workshop. Those plans for paid mods didn’t sit well with fans of Skyrim and Steam. The backlash against the plans was swift and brutal.

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