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Steam VR “Knuckles” controller has a lot of capacitive sensors

Steam VR “Knuckles” controller has a lot of capacitive sensors

One of the remaining problems with VR, AR, and MR platforms is input. All of them use one form of stick or another, and none of them currently emulate the feel of a hand moving and grasping in the real world. Valve, however, might be coming close to a solution without having to resort to gloves or exoskeletons. The "Knuckles", Valve's nickname for the next gen Steam VR controller, does this by having nearly a dozen capacitive sensors in it.

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Steam Summer Sale starts: Store down as deals dashed

Steam Summer Sale starts: Store down as deals dashed

Here's a bit of good news: PayPal was right and the Steam Summer Sale kicked off today! Now here's a bit of bad news: the Steam store is currently crippled because of heavy traffic. If you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket, it looks like you'll have to wait to spend it.

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Steam Summer Sale start date outed by PayPal: Prepare your wallets

Steam Summer Sale start date outed by PayPal: Prepare your wallets

Like death and taxes, Steam's annual sales have become a certainty of life. Steam is usually pretty secretive when it comes to the start and end dates for its sales, but as it has done for most Steam sales in recent memory, PayPal is here to bail us out. PayPal UK has announced the start date for 2017's Steam Summer sale, and it's coming up a lot faster than you may realize.

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Steam will soon charge developers only $100 to publish a game

Steam will soon charge developers only $100 to publish a game

Back in February, Steam announced that it would be ditching Greenlight in favor of a new submission platform called Steam Direct. With Steam Greenlight, developers entered their games into something of a popularity contest, submitting previews and allowing users to vote on which games they'd like to see in the Steam store. That's all going away, and it's being replaced by a system that allows developers to publish their games to the Steam store after paying a per-game fee.

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Steam adds new video section for virtual reality content

Steam adds new video section for virtual reality content

Steam has added a new section on its website for VR videos, giving its customers a new way to buy and consume virtual reality content. This new section is being launched in partnership with Pixvana, a Seattle-based company, which is lending technology that will be used for the Steam 360 Video Player, a new beta offering available as of today. The 360 Video Player enables Steam customers to watch 360-degree video content using a supported VR headset, such as an Oculus Rift.

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Alan Wake disappearing from digital storefronts soon

Alan Wake disappearing from digital storefronts soon

If you've never played Remedy's hit Alan Wake but have it on your wishlist, then you might want to pick it up as soon as possible. Remedy revealed today that Alan Wake will leave digital storefronts like Steam and Xbox Live next week. The reason for its removal centers on music licensing contracts, which expire on the date the game is scheduled to be removed.

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Vanquish PC port confirmed – watch the trailer here

Vanquish PC port confirmed – watch the trailer here

Sega is on something of a PC-loving roll lately. Last month, it brought the much-loved Bayonetta to PC after seven years of exclusivity to consoles. When that happened, a lot of Platinum Games fans began requesting the same treatment be given to Vanquish, an Xbox 360 and PS3 action shooter that has turned into something of a cult classic over the years.

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Steam and GOG sales celebrate Star Wars Day early

Steam and GOG sales celebrate Star Wars Day early

Star Wars Day is quickly approaching, but Steam and GOG have decided to start the festivities a little early. Both online retailers have kicked off special sales in celebration of Star Wars Day, discounting much of their Star Wars game catalogs. There are some good deals to be found, provided you aren't like me and don't already buy all the Star Wars-related stuff you come across.

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What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

Earlier this week, Xbox One owners participating in the Xbox Preview program were greeted with a rather nice surprise: Microsoft has implemented a beta test for a refund system. Not only is this refund system apparently planned for both Xbox One and Windows 10, but it's also self-service, meaning you don't need to go through customer support to get your money back. This is very exciting news because it's a move that's ultimately great for consumers.

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After seven years, Bayonetta finally arrives on PC

After seven years, Bayonetta finally arrives on PC

Back in the days of the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, you may remember gamers making a lot of noise about a game named Bayonetta. The Platinum-made action game found a lot of fans when it first launched back in 2010, but one notable oversight is the fact that it never made it to PC. That all changes today, as Sega and Platinum Games have release Bayonetta on Steam.

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8-bit Bayonetta released free on Steam as April Fools’ surprise

8-bit Bayonetta released free on Steam as April Fools’ surprise

Sega has bucked the trend of lame April Fools' pranks this year by doing something that's actually cool. The game publisher has released an 8-bit version of the popular 3D action game Bayonetta on Steam. While the 2D game is very limited in mechanics — "Jump! Shoot! Score! Being bad never felt so retro," the description reads — it is completely free to download, making it a nice surprise for fans.

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GOG Galaxy goes out of beta, adds cloud saving

GOG Galaxy goes out of beta, adds cloud saving

When it comes to digital distribution of PC games, Steam is undoubtedly the most well-known name, though some, like EA, have their own stores and distribution systems. Steam, however, is hardly the only game in town, especially when it comes to older titles. That's where GOG, formerly "Good Old Games", comes in. With GOG Galaxy, however, it is becoming more like Steam but with one important caveat: the user is still in (almost) complete control of everything.

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