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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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Steam Summer Sale begins: look upon it and despair

Steam Summer Sale begins: look upon it and despair

The Steam Summer Sale, as it's called by those who don't know its true name, has begun. Therein you'll find a set of games with their prices kicked in and smashed with hammers, and there they'll continue to be bashed until the 4th of July, 2016, at 10AM PDT. If you can last that long, I applaud you. On the other hand, you could find "Learn Japanese to Survive! Hiragana Battle", an educational RPG, for less than it costs to purchase a cheeseburger.

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Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Our understanding of the next generation in Google's Nexus smartphone line has become a bit more clear over the weekend. HTC's newfound experience with virtual reality may be playing a big role in Google's approach with the next several generations in Nexus smartphones. Word back in March could end up proving entirely truthful, coming in two forms, at least one per cycle, all made with Android's Daydream technology built-in. Of course Daydream requires only minimal specifications, and HTC's already got them on a device elsewhere.

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Valve releases free Destinations tool for creating VR worlds

Valve releases free Destinations tool for creating VR worlds

When it comes to virtual reality, most people don't really care about how it gets made, they just want to experience it. The same is true about video games in general. However, for those that are interested in creating virtual worlds to explore, Valve has some good news for you today.

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Valve gives The Lab a competitive update

Valve gives The Lab a competitive update

Whenever I introduce someone to VR, there are a few different titles that I load up for them to play through. The first one is always Valve's The Lab. Most people I know are alreay familiar with Portal, so it's already a familiar setting. Plus, it does a fantastic job of slowly introducing the player to different aspects of VR. The game has just gotten a big update that will add more replay value to some of the mini-games.

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