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Xbox controllers now supported by Steam Controller Configurator

Xbox controllers now supported by Steam Controller Configurator

Valve's own Steam Controller may be one of the most interesting hardware peripherals for PC gaming, but it comes with a steep learning curve. The trade-off to this, however, is that it's deeply customizable, thanks to its software that allows any game's controls to be reassigned and mapped to buttons of a user's preference. A few months ago, Valve began opening up this software and making it compatible with the PS4's DualShock 4 pad, but now it's doing the same for Xbox controllers.

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A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

The folks at Ilium want to create a device that'll be tracked in virtual reality to make the reality of shooting games in VR more real. What could possibly go wrong with this situation? If they're able to create this accessory in a limited fashion and keep it supported through the largest platforms available - very little could go wrong. Of course they need to get some funds for it, first.

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Valve fined $2.2M in Australia over Steam refunds

Valve fined $2.2M in Australia over Steam refunds

If buying games digitally, either on PC or console, has taught us one thing, it's that the idea of refunds is quickly disappearing. That's not always the case outside the US, however, where some countries' consumer protection laws still enforce refunds on digital purchases. It seems gaming giant Valve is learning that lesson the hard way, as an Australian court has fined the company AUD$3 million (nearly US$2.2 million) for not offering refunds on Steam purchases for several years.

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Steam is down amid its biggest sale of the year [Update]

Steam is down amid its biggest sale of the year [Update]

Bad news for those of you looking to snag some tasty gaming deals: Steam is down at the moment. If you're having a problem accessing the store, any of Steam's community features, or game servers based on Steamworks, the good news is that this problem isn't on your end. The bad news is that this seems to be a fairly massive outage, and there's no word when Steam will come back.

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Steam gets native support for PS4 controllers

Steam gets native support for PS4 controllers

When it comes to playing PC games with a controller, the most common options gamers have is either a Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller. Valve's own Steam Controller is the most recent addition to the mix, but it comes with a steep learning curve and can sometimes require lots of customization to be used comfortably. Fortunately there will soon be another choice in the form of the other leading console controller: the PS4's DualShock 4.

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Valve’s controller refresh has bunny ears for VR

Valve’s controller refresh has bunny ears for VR

A new set of controllers appears to be making their way into the fold at Steam Dev Days this week. In a development chat a slide was shown picturing a number of controllers, including some of the first controllers made for the HTC VIVE and a couple we've never seen before. While generally we'd write something like this off as previously developed hardware - before the product out already - it's been reported that the final (preview) product is somewhere at the event, live and in person.

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No Man’s Sky comes under investigation for Steam page advertising

No Man’s Sky comes under investigation for Steam page advertising

Whether you love or hate No Man's Sky, there's no denying that it's gone through a controversial launch. Shortly after the game released, there were a fair number of players and commentators criticizing the lack of advertised features in the game, and in fact, the game's Steam page still displays pre-release promotional materials that show off features which never made it into the final game. Those trailers and screenshots have caught the attention of the UK-based Advertising Standards Authority, which has revealed that it is investigating claims of misleading marketing.

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Steam overhaul rumored to feature reworked home page, global customer preferences

Steam overhaul rumored to feature reworked home page, global customer preferences

It may not be long before Steam gets a makeover. Apparently Valve has posted a developers-only update to let them know of an incoming overhaul, and briefly touch on the new features they can expect when the new Steam arrives. Even better is that this update claims that the newest version of Steam will be rolling out in the next few weeks, so the service's new look might be just around the corner.

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Valve partners with Quark VR for untethered, WiFi-enabled Vive

Valve partners with Quark VR for untethered, WiFi-enabled Vive

Virtual reality is easily one of the most exciting and fastest growing markets in the consumer tech industry right now, and like any new such products, there are still a couple major drawbacks. The first is easily the high buy-in cost with the price of a headset and high-end PC, but beyond that is the issue of the length of cables between those two components that make their way across the floor, causing a fear of tripping that poses a threat to the full immersion VR tech is designed to offer.

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Valve opens up HTC Vive’s tracking tech for the good of VR

Valve opens up HTC Vive’s tracking tech for the good of VR

HTC and Valve are opening up the technology in Vive to third-party peripherals and accessories, hoping that a more flexible attitude to aftermarket add-ons will only improve virtual reality in the long run. The decision will see HTC, Valve, and Synapse all working with hardware manufacturers to offer software and technical support to develop accessories HTC and Valve themselves might not have thought of.

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Valve tells gambling sites to stop using Steam’s item-trading system

Valve tells gambling sites to stop using Steam’s item-trading system

Last week the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community was shaken up when it was discovered that two popular players had published videos promoting CS:GO Lotto, a gambling website for valuable in-game items, without disclosing that they were the owners. While developer Valve remained silent during the fiasco, it has now come out and said that it will begin cracking down on these third-party sites that let users trade items for real money.

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Now Team Fortress 2 is getting a ranked competitive mode too

Now Team Fortress 2 is getting a ranked competitive mode too

Blizzard's FPS Overwatch is shaping to be one of the hottest games of 2016, and its new Competitive Play mode is drawing in all the hardcore players with its ranked, skill-based matches. Now Team Fortress 2, Valve's class-based shooter first released in 2007, is jumping on the bandwagon with its own competitive matchmaking mode, included in the upcoming "Meet Your Match" update.

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