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Valve ports Portal to NVIDIA SHIELD

Valve ports Portal to NVIDIA SHIELD

In a bit of a surprise twist to the end of his GPU Technology Conference 2014 (GTU 2014, that is) chat, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang let it be known that Portal would be coming to NVIDIA SHIELD. Not just streaming, and not just in a mirrored mode. Instead, he said, Valve has ported Portal to NVIDIA SHIELD specifically in its entirety.

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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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Gauntlet gets modern and heads to PC this summer

Gauntlet gets modern and heads to PC this summer

If you ever walked into an arcade in the 80's, you will probably remember the game Gauntlet. This game is memorable because in a time when dual player on an arcade game was common, Gauntlet was the only game that let four people play at once. Each of the four joysticks controlled a different character and you could fight through dungeons with your friends.

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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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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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Chroma: Guitar Hero creators make music a weapon

Chroma: Guitar Hero creators make music a weapon

Remember back when Harmonix revealed that they'd be hiring for a first-person shooter back in August of 2012? It's time! Harmonix' developers have brought the world the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and this week they’ve revealed a title that should once again pave new ground in the gaming industry.

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Steam Tags puts discoverability in gamer hands

Steam Tags puts discoverability in gamer hands

Valve's newest update to their Steam system for games is a feature called Steam Tags. This update will allow users - not just the developers behind games and apps - the ability to tag games and apps. This update is still in Beta mode, but is live for the public now.

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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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Steam Music gives SteamOS its own native music player

Steam Music gives SteamOS its own native music player

Valve launched its SteamOS a while back as an effort to get its own free computer operating system on the market. SteamOS entered beta and was available for those who wanted to try it out to download in December 2013. The beta OS proved to be popular and early on it was difficult to download due to the glut of traffic trying to grab the 960MB file.

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SteamOS Beta update brings dual-boot options

SteamOS Beta update brings dual-boot options

This week the folks at Valve have introduced a new Beta release - the second of two so far, that is - of SteamOS. This operating system is delivered in an ISO file, coming now with the ability to install to non-UEFI systems. This update includes work done by the developers known as directhex and ecliptik who created the system called "Ye Olde SteamOSe".

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iBuyPower: Steam Machines will battle consoles, not PCs

iBuyPower: Steam Machines will battle consoles, not PCs

Each Steam Machine coming to the market later this year will be unique - that's the message we're getting from groups like iBuyPower and Falcon Northwest here in the first month of the year. Speaking with the creators of the SteamOS devices that'll be arriving inside the second half of the year, it would seem as though they've got some time to fill - it's Valve, after all, that'll be deciding when the devices are actually allowed to be released as it's Valve that has to release the final software build and the Steam Controllers that go with the machines for final market readiness. Today we're looking at what iBuyPower is doing, specifically, to make their Steam Machine an ideal release.

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Steam in-home streaming beta begins: like NVIDIA SHIELD, but different

Steam in-home streaming beta begins: like NVIDIA SHIELD, but different

If you've seen the NVIDIA SHIELD handheld gaming device working with streaming PC gaming in a home network, you know how it works - potentially - with Steam's Big Picture mode. Now Valve is taking this sort of functionality and pushing it to many devices. At the moment, they're calling this "Steam in-home streaming" a beta, and they're releasing it to developer partners and other odd testers this week.

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