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SteamVR is getting a smaller, cheaper base station

SteamVR is getting a smaller, cheaper base station

Virtual reality equipment, especially the big, standalone ones, is no small matter, both in size as well as in price. The headset kit alone, which usually comes with controllers and sensors, costs upwards of thousands of dollars. That’s still not counting a VR-ready PC rig, if you don’t have one yet. That is partly why VR is pretty much still an exclusive club that very few can afford. Reducing the build costs of equipment goes a long way in making such equipment more accessible. Which is why Valve is working on a next gen base station for its SteamVR platform that will not only be smaller but also cheaper.

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HTC sees glimmer of hope in 7th consecutive losing quarter

HTC sees glimmer of hope in 7th consecutive losing quarter

HTC's latest financial report for the three months ending on December 31st, 2016 show the company in flux. The first several financial highlights the company made in this call were of positive revenue but an operating loss and a net loss after tax. Revenue for this quarter sits at NT$22.2 billion with a gross margin of 10.5%, while HTC's quarterly operating loss was a cool NT$3.6 billion with an operating margin of negative 16%.

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Valve channels Nintendo with 3x new games and hardware

Valve channels Nintendo with 3x new games and hardware

This week the folks at Valve have revealed that they have three new "full" games in development for the virtual reality universe. This information came from a media roundtable held by Valve in Bellevue, Washington, where other messages were released to the media as well. It was also there that it was announced that Steam Greenlight was being shut down in favor of a new program that'd take its place.

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Steam Greenlight shutting down to make way for Steam Direct

Steam Greenlight shutting down to make way for Steam Direct

It would appear that the days of Steam Greenlight are numbered. Many PC gamers who have used Steam for the past few years will be familiar with Greenlight, which allows Steam users to vote on independent games that are looking to get a listing on Steam's storefront. Greenlight has been around since 2012, but Valve announced today that it will be shutting down this spring.

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EU probes Valve, game publishers over Steam region blocking

EU probes Valve, game publishers over Steam region blocking

Digital copies are games are quite convenient. Without the need for physical access, they are easier to distribute and can reach as many as possible. In theory, of course. In practice, however, games don’t always reach all countries, even countries that belong to the same region. That situation has prompted the European Commission, the European Union’s legislative body, to take a closer look into the business of “geo-blocking” games practiced by Steam owner Valve and five game publishers to see if this almost ordinary way of doing things is, in fact, an anti-competitive practice.

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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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