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Steam Chat Android and iOS apps released

Steam Chat Android and iOS apps released

When one thinks of Steam, its chat capabilities aren't often the first thing that comes to mind. Still, it's clear that Valve considers chat to be an integral part of Steam, as it now has its very own app. Valve has launched a new Steam Chat app on iOS and Android, allowing you to always have that aspect of Steam at your fingertips.

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Steam Link iOS app returns for real this time

Steam Link iOS app returns for real this time

Apple is being criticized, even sued, for holding its App Stores so tightly to the point of being anti-competitive. Of course, it rightfully owns that App Store and until something drastic changes, what it says goes and app developers have no choice but to find ways to compromise. That seems to be the situation Valve found itself in last year with its Steam Link mobile app. Thankfully, that may now be a thing of the past as the app has popped up on the iTunes App Store again. Hopefully, for good this time.

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Valve Index VR headset fully detailed: Price, specs, release date

Valve Index VR headset fully detailed: Price, specs, release date

Back at the end of March, Valve revealed - or at least teased - the Index, a new VR headset it's been working on behind the scenes. That teaser didn't come with any significant information on capabilities or hardware requirements, but it did suggest that we could look forward to learning more in May. With May now just around the corner, Valve announced today that the headset will go up for pre-order tomorrow.

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Epic challenges Steam to pay devs more, with PC exclusives on the line

Epic challenges Steam to pay devs more, with PC exclusives on the line

In launching its own games store and attempting to unseat Valve from the top of the digital distribution heap, Epic has ruffled its share of feathers within the PC gaming community. Epic started out by offering developers and publishers an 88%/12% revenue split on game sales - meaning that Epic only keeps 12% of the revenue from each game sold, far better than the 30% Steam keeps. Then Epic decided to take things one step further and started pursuing exclusivity deals for its own store.

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Octopath Traveler heads to PC later this year

Octopath Traveler heads to PC later this year

For fans of JRPGs, Octopath Traveler was definitely one of the biggest releases last year. One problem, though, is that Octopath Traveler launched as a Switch exclusive, which meant that if you didn't have a Switch on hand, you weren't playing it. Square Enix is fixing that later this year, announcing today that Octopath Traveler will soon come to PC.

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Valve and five PC publishers might be in hot water with the EU [Update]

Valve and five PC publishers might be in hot water with the EU [Update]

The European Commission announced today that it has sent a Statement of Objection to Valve and five PC games publishers concerning their practices of geo-blocking games across the EU. Region locking, of course, has always been a headache for gamers, particularly those who live in regions where game prices typically run higher than those in other regions. It seems the European Commission wants this practice to end, at least within the confines of the EU.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection goes free this weekend, but not for everyone

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection goes free this weekend, but not for everyone

It's been a big week for Borderlands fans. Not only did Gearbox release more Borderlands 3 details - including its release date - but the original Borderlands received an updated Game of the Year Edition for modern day platforms and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection got a nice 4K upgrade. Now, to cap off a week of news and launches, The Handsome Collection has gone free-to-play for the weekend.

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Epic Games Store is necessary but it’s tearing the community apart

Epic Games Store is necessary but it’s tearing the community apart

Epic Games is disrupting the gaming market and, just like any disruption, not everyone's too happy about it. It's easy enough to see the appeal of Epic's battle cry: better profits for developers and more choices for users. But in order to effect any significant change, Epic Games is employing some business strategies to get developers on its side. Those same strategies, however, are causing gamers and even some developers to draw the line in the sand, splitting the gaming community into sometimes very vocal camps.

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Valve reveals major Steam library redesign and new events page

Valve reveals major Steam library redesign and new events page

Valve is redesigning the Steam store's Library page, the company has revealed, as well as introducing a new Events feature. The change was announced at the Game Developers Conference today, where Valve explained that users will soon see a new Library page design that presents more information at a glance and makes it easier to jump back into games.

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HP Reverb VR Headset might’ve hit the sweet spot

HP Reverb VR Headset might’ve hit the sweet spot

The HP Reverb VR Headset Pro Edition has 2x smaller LCD displays where most competitors have larger AMOLED. But the HP headset has more pixels per eye, a larger field of view, and a slightly lighter overall weight than HTC Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey. This device weighs approximately the same as the current Oculus Rift headset, and works with both Steam VR and Windows Mixed Reality VR systems.

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Valve will fight review bombing on Steam by hiding off-topic reviews

Valve will fight review bombing on Steam by hiding off-topic reviews

In an age of user reviews, the practice of review bombing has become a serious problem. The tactic involves large groups of people leaving negative reviews in an effort to ruin a product's review score, and nowhere has it been more apparent than on Valve's Steam marketplace. The last few years have seen the company take steps to fight review bombing, which is less about evaluating a game and more about retaliation, and now they're adding a new tool to the arsenal.

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Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your PC games wherever you like

Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your PC games wherever you like

Valve's Steam Link hardware might be dead, but Steam Link as a service is getting a pretty major upgrade. Today, Valve announced Steam Link Anywhere, which allows users to play their Steam games from anywhere with a decent connection using the Steam Link app or physical Steam Link hardware. Essentially, it takes the Steam Link concept and expands the scale significantly.

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