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HP ENVY Phoenix is “Certified VR ready” for HTC VIVE

HP ENVY Phoenix is “Certified VR ready” for HTC VIVE

HP has officially teamed up with HTC to deliver a PC that they suggest is "certified virtual reality (VR) ready" - for the HTC VIVE specifically. Of course there are many computers already out in the wild that are ready to roll with virtual reality devices like the HTC VIVE, but this is the first such PC that HTC has officially given their blessing to work well with the VR headset they'll be releasing later this year. The PC will be available for purchase separate from the headset, and it wont be alone by the time the headset is released, of that you can be reasonably sure.

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HTC Vive Pre steps into AR land with front-facing camera

HTC Vive Pre steps into AR land with front-facing camera

No, Vive Pre isn't the retail name of HTC's and Valve's virtual reality headset. The "Pre" there actually means "pre-release". What HTC is, in fact, announcing is the second generation of the developer edition of the Vive gear, both the headset as well as the controllers, featuring not just new designs but new abilities as well. In particular, the headset gets a new integrated outward front (outward) facing camera that lets it blend virtual and actual reality, taking the Vive into the realm of augmented reality and slightly closer to Microsoft's HoloLens.

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Valve releases statement about Steam’s Christmas fiasco

Valve releases statement about Steam’s Christmas fiasco

Over Christmas, we reported on Valve's major issues with their Steam store. As we all know, Steam gets pretty busy this time of year, due to their massive holiday sale. Unfortunately, this year it ended up being a complete mess during Christmas, as users were encountering pages showing another user's personal information. Almost a week later, Valve has finally released a statement, explaining exactly what happened.

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Steam meltdown as Valve’s store spills other gamers’ details [Updated]

Steam meltdown as Valve’s store spills other gamers’ details [Updated]

Looks like Valve's Christmas present is a massive data screw-up, with popular gaming service Steam gushing users' personal details and more. Gamers hoping to spend some holiday cash today found they were instead being served up with other Steam users' accounts, complete with their registered addresses, access to any saved funds on their account, and the apparent ability to make new purchases against their stored payment methods.

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Street Fighter V is coming to SteamOS, will support Steam Controller

Street Fighter V is coming to SteamOS, will support Steam Controller

While Valve has done a lot of work trying to push their SteamOS, it's still far from popular. And while we've seen a lot of games make their way to the platform, it's still missing a lot of big names. Today, Capcom announced that they are working closely with Valve to bring one of their biggest titles to the Linux-based OS.

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Tough Break Campaign released for Team Fortress 2

Tough Break Campaign released for Team Fortress 2

Valve isn't known for making timely releases for their games. Which is probably why they like to simply release new bits without any build-up or fanfare. Their latest release comes in the form of an update for Team Fortress 2. It's dubbed The Tough Break update.

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Steam’s Winter Sale will reportedly start next week

Steam’s Winter Sale will reportedly start next week

There's a big event that's just around the corner, that people all over the place are excited about. Details are being kept quiet, so that nothing is revealed too early. But we've found information that might just spoil the news for you. No, I'm not talking about Star Wars, I'm talking about the upcoming Steam Winter Sale.

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77,000 Steam accounts stolen every month, according to Valve

77,000 Steam accounts stolen every month, according to Valve

Have you ever had an online account hacked? Thankfully I can say that I haven't, at any point. Sure, I've gotten notices from sites I use telling me that they've had some sort of breach, and to change my password. However, I've never had anyone access any of my accounts. Outside of my bank account, the one that I probably worry the most about is my Steam account, and apparently for good reason.

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CES 2016 will be heavy on the VR

CES 2016 will be heavy on the VR

This week we've received a glass cube with a "hologram" of a smartphone inside - it's an invitation to an event at CES 2016. This is just one example of the absolute above-and-beyond effort manufacturers and developers are pouring in to the promotion of virtual reality devices and software. In this case, the brand is YEZZ, and the device is a smartphone that can capture the world around you in virtual reality mode. HTC, too, will be bringing another big VR package to the consumer electronics show 2016.

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HTC Vive release date set, Valve VR DK2 incoming

HTC Vive release date set, Valve VR DK2 incoming

HTC has announced the release date of their Valve collaborative project, the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. This headset uses a couple of hand controllers and a room-wide playing area to differentiate itself from the competition, and exists as a team effort between HTC (for manufacturing) and Valve (for software). We had our first look at the HTC Vive and Steam VR back in March of this year - now just a little over a year later, the device will be headed to stores for the masses.

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Lost Half Life: Episode 4 screenshots discovered

Lost Half Life: Episode 4 screenshots discovered

It's been more than 8 years since we've seen any additions to the Half Life series. Half Life 2: Episode 2 left us with a cliffhanger that has yet to get any resolution. While it's becoming less and less clear that we'll ever see the ending of that story, let's talk about the game that was supposed to come after Episode 3. That's right, Episode 4 was already in the works years ago, and we've got some interesting new screenshots of it.

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Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

While the teardown experts iFixit have been busy lately with a number of new Apple products, they've found time to open up and offer a peek inside the Steam Controller, Valve's new gaming accessory that offers a completely different experience with its dual trackpads. iFixit found that at first glance the internal components weren't that different from what in other standard gaming controllers these days, but they came away very pleased with how little glue was used and how easy it could be repaired.

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