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Hands-on with Valve’s The Lab – Your introduction to VR

Hands-on with Valve’s The Lab – Your introduction to VR

The Portal games are among my favorites for a number of reasons. I'm a big fan of solving puzzles and condescending robots, and those games really satisfied both areas. The second game wrapped up the story of Chell pretty neatly, but there's still a lot more to explore at Aperture Laboratories. While at GDC, Valve gave me a peek into some of the various Pocket Universes that we'll be able to explore in The Lab.

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VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

With the launch titles being shown for each of the first major players in VR this week, it's quickly becoming clear: mundane is in. Simplicity, not insanity. Not the most visually spectacular. Instead - like it was with the first big games and apps for the smartphone back when it first gained steam - the games with the most recognizable mechanics are set to be the most important. Case in point: mini golf.

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HTC Vive gets Desktop Theater Mode for playing any game in VR

HTC Vive gets Desktop Theater Mode for playing any game in VR

With the new HTC Vive virtual reality headset running SteamVR, Valve has paved the way for users to play VR-specific games as soon as the device arrives. But what about when you feel like playing an older game, or one that isn't designed for VR? Valve is already on it, as they've just announced a Desktop Theater Mode feature, which will allow any Steam title to run on the Vive, as well as any future SteamVR headsets.

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HTC Vive first impressions: whats in the box?

HTC Vive first impressions: whats in the box?

Just last night I received my Vive Pre developer's kit, which I'm very stoked about. I've only spent a few brief minutes with the Vive, as opposed to the Rift, which I've spent a good deal of time with. Instead of tearing into the package and setting it all up in a hurry, I thought I'd take some time to document the contents.

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Valve announces Portal VR game, dubbed The Lab

Valve announces Portal VR game, dubbed The Lab

Valve is known for a lot of different things. Their popular Steam platform, releasing games on their own schedule, and their inability to count to 3, among other things. Well, fans of the Portal series should be excited to hear that Valve is releasing a new entry into the series. But don't expect to see the number 3 attached to it.

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Steam may discount bundles, based on the games you already own

Steam may discount bundles, based on the games you already own

Bundles are a great way to save money when you're buying games. Sometimes you'll find a deal that will put three our four games together for the price of one. But what about those times when you already own the game? If you're buying from Steam, this means that you won't get a spare key for the game you already own. Instead, you just miss out on that part of the deal. But that may be changing soon.

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HTC Vive saw 15,000 pre-orders in its first 10 minutes

HTC Vive saw 15,000 pre-orders in its first 10 minutes

It seems there's a lot of people out there ready to dive into the future of consumer virtual reality devices. The new consumer edition of HTC's Vive headset is priced at $799, but that didn't stop eager buyers from placing their pre-order when sales opened on Monday morning. Turns out the first 10 minutes alone saw 15,000 orders placed, said HTC VR employee Shen Ye on Twitter earlier today.

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Peek behind the scenes of Portal, and hear how the voice acting magic happens

Peek behind the scenes of Portal, and hear how the voice acting magic happens

Voice acting is an interesting craft. While you might think that it's just as simple as walking into a booth, and delivering lines, there's a lot more to it. After all, you need to convey all of the emotion of a scene, using nothing more than your voice. If you've ever wanted a peek behind the scenes to see how the voices in Portal are done, then I've got a treat for you.

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HTC Vive pre-order release today, open immediately

HTC Vive pre-order release today, open immediately

HTC and Valve open pre-orders for the HTC Vive, the full room-scale virtual reality headset. This headset will include several games and apps for free. One is Google's Tilt Brush, an app which allows users to paint in 3D space using the HTC Vive's hand controllers. This system will also include Job Simulator - where you can pretend you have a job - and Fantastic Contraption. Pre-orders for the HTC Vive virtual reality system open this week on February 29th at 10 AM Eastern Time.

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Valve’s Chaperone system will work with Oculus Rift

Valve’s Chaperone system will work with Oculus Rift

As the release of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive draw ever closer, people will no doubt start to wonder about the features of each. More specifically, those that have already pre-ordered the Rift are wondering what they're going to miss out on, by not going with the Vive. As it turns out, one feature developed by Valve will be available on both devices.

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Game Pipe helps you easily transfer your Steam library

Game Pipe helps you easily transfer your Steam library

If you're a PC gamer, then you've no doubt encountered the issue where you're building a new computer, and you need to re-download all of your games. If you use Steam, you can probably get away with copying over the files from the steamapps directory. But I've always thought that there should be a better way. And it turns out, there is.

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Valve offers $1 million prize pool for all future CS:GO tournaments

Valve offers $1 million prize pool for all future CS:GO tournaments

When I was a kid, I was sure that I could make a living off of playing video games. Maybe I'd be testing them, perhaps competing in tournaments, or maybe people would just pay to watch me play. I didn't really think through the details, I just knew that I'd make a living off of doing my favorite activity. While I've never actually achieved that dream, there are definitely opportunities out there. And if you play Counter-Strike, your chances of getting rich off of games just got a little better.

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