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Microsoft has a huge name on its Windows 11 app store wishlist

Microsoft has a huge name on its Windows 11 app store wishlist

When Microsoft revealed Windows 11 yesterday, it also announced that it was redesigning the Microsoft Store. Microsoft very clearly wants the Microsoft Store to be the central hub for apps in Windows 11, as it revealed yesterday that it's letting developers keep all of their revenue from in-app purchases when they use their own "commerce engines." This push to build out the Microsoft Store doesn't stop at individual apps, though, as Microsoft would also like to host other app and game stores.

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Steam Summer Sale in effect: Points Shop Too

Steam Summer Sale in effect: Points Shop Too

It's time again for a wide range of games to appear on Steam with prices slightly lower than usual. The Steam Summer Sale is one of several such events hosted by the game store in which gamers have the opportunity to spend massive amounts of cash on games they might never actually end up playing. It's also a decent place to look if you're hoping to find a game you've been waiting to buy for some months, but haven't been able to pull the trigger on because of its original, still-at-launch pricing.

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Steam on Linux NVIDIA DLSS support coming to some Windows games

Steam on Linux NVIDIA DLSS support coming to some Windows games

Valve has long been trying to get game developers and publishers to see Linux as a serious and profitable gaming platform and not simply because it loves the open source operating system. It basically wants games to be free from their reliance on Windows and Microsoft's development frameworks and, eventually, to have them available on its own Linux-based Steam OS. Steam OS and Steam Machines have largely failed but Valve seems to still be pushing for Linux support for Windows games and its latest attempt is to get NVIDIA's fancy DLSS technology to work on some of those titles.

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Valve’s handheld gaming PC could take on the Nintendo Switch

Valve’s handheld gaming PC could take on the Nintendo Switch

Although gaming handhelds have been around since the days of the Nintendo Game Boy, the Nintendo Switch definitely kicked up interest by a notch, revealing a potentially profitable market for portable devices that can run AAA titles, even in medium or low settings only. That, in turn, has created a series of devices and concept designs inspired by the Switch, except running PC hardware and PC games instead. Given that trend, it's not surprising to hear that Valve, best known for the Steam PC gaming platform, is planning to jump into that fray and no later than the end of this year even.

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Steam console news teased by Valve boss Gabe Newell

Steam console news teased by Valve boss Gabe Newell

For years now, Steam has been the go-to digital store for PC gamers. To say that Steam is huge in the realm of PC gaming is probably understating the reach that the platform has, even with the Epic Games trying to claw away market share from Valve and grow its own store. After establishing itself as the leader in digital PC sales, it's now possible that we could see Steam games could come to consoles in some fashion later this year.

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HTC VIVE Pro 2 detailed with upgrade kit, full-kit prices

HTC VIVE Pro 2 detailed with upgrade kit, full-kit prices

HTC just revealed the HTC VIVE Pro 2, complete with options for upgrades. This new headset will be sold in at least two packages - one with the whole "full-kit" experience, the other with the headset alone. This should allow those users who already own a VIVE Pro (the first one) to avoid paying maximum cash for the parts they already own - and likely still already have installed at home.

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Microsoft Store PC game fees slashed below Steam

Microsoft Store PC game fees slashed below Steam

Microsoft just cut their cut of profit for the sale of games on the Microsoft Store to 12%. This puts their profit margin down to match that of the Epic Games Store, and well below that of biggest PC game sales store in the world: Steam. Valve's Steam platform currently takes a baseline 30%, with a sliding scale to 25 and 20% for games that are most massively successful.

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Steam rolls out Categories to make browsing games less daunting

Steam rolls out Categories to make browsing games less daunting

Despite Epic Games' attempts to overthrow it, Valve's Steam remains the king of PC games stores. As such, it has thousands of games under its roof to the point that looking through what's available can easily become overwhelming. Sure, there is a search function as well as tags but even those can be too generic or require knowledge beforehand. After baking in its Steam Labs since December, Valve is finally rolling out a major new addition to Steam's interface, organizing games into different categories that seems to encourage exploring the overloaded library of games.

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Steam Game Festival becomes Next Fest: Here’s when to expect it

Steam Game Festival becomes Next Fest: Here’s when to expect it

The Steam Game Festival is getting something of a branding refresh. From here on out, the Steam Game Festival will be known as Steam Next Fest, with Valve saying that it decided on the name change to "more directly communicate its focus." In addition to this name change, Valve also confirmed when the next Steam Next Fest will be taking place, and it seems to line up well with E3.

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Steam Remote Play Together makes it easier to game with anyone (and there’s a sale too)

Steam Remote Play Together makes it easier to game with anyone (and there’s a sale too)

Perhaps spurred by the pandemic keeping everyone at home, Steam has spent the last several months building out its Remote Play Together service. At first, it started as a way to play select local co-op games online with Steam friends. Then, earlier this month, it expanded again, this time allowing users to invite someone who doesn't even have a Steam account to play games with them.

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Steam Link app is finally available on the Mac App Store

Steam Link app is finally available on the Mac App Store

Apple is both famous and infamous for its stringent quality control over its app stores but some developers, not just Epic Games, have always criticized its sometimes incomprehensible policies that are applied inconsistently depending on the app. Valve has learned that the hard way years ago when it first launched the Steam Link app for iOS. While that has been resolved, it took two more years before the macOS version of the app finally makes its way to Apple's desktop platform.

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Valve papers tease eye tracking VR headset potential

Valve papers tease eye tracking VR headset potential

In a patent application made public today, Valve showed drawings and descriptions of a new sort of VR headset. This wearable head-mounted display (HMD) included an array of features, including but not limited to wireless functionality, antenna, optical subsystem, IMU sensors, a dedicated processor (or processors), onboard memory, functioning operating system, applications, games, a head tracking module, and an eye tracking module.

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