Tag: Valve

How HTC crafted Vive Cosmos for a new generation of consumer VR

HTC unveiled its high-end consumer virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive Cosmos today. It ships on October 3 for $700, and I had a good hands-on demo with the system, for which preorders are opening today. And I had a chance to sit down with a couple of HTC executives after my demo, and I […]

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Quasi-AR baby steps are preparing us for true AR’s digital future

Though I only occasionally write about augmented reality, I sift through plenty of “news” these days that is kinda-sorta AR, but not really. For example, if you believe that a TV show is using “augmented reality” to superimpose weather graphics on the screen next to a live meteorologist, AR has been commercially available for decades. Video […]

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How Cloudhead Games and Valve worked together on Aperture Hand Lab

Over the last five years Denny Unger and his partners at Cloudhead Games would talk about possible VR projects with some of the world’s largest companies. Cloudhead staff would build pitch decks and work out the fundamentals of VR games that could become dream projects for everyone involved. That is, if the funding partners ever […]

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Steam June Top 20: Bloodstained, My Friend Pedro, and 7 Early Access games bask in the sun

Valve is back with its Top 20 releases on Steam, and in June, the picture shows us two things as the summer dawns on PC gaming: Studios making their steam debuts had a good month, and games coming out of Early Access enjoyed the sun as well. According to a Valve spokesperson, about half of […]

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Steam’s New AI Tool Makes Game Recommendations Smarter

A lot of how recommendation systems work is based on things you’ve interacted with in the past. For example, if you’re browsing cameras on Amazon, chances are the next time you visit, you’ll start seeing recommendations for cameras or camera accessories. However, Valve is hoping to improve on its recommendation system by using AI. Advertising […]

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How Devolver Digital pursues the indie fringe and brings it to mainstream gamers

No one does a game trade show quite like Devolver Digital. The company set up its faux booth and trailers outside of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), in a parking lot across from the Los Angeles Convention Center. And then it created its zany Devolver Direct online press event (which was really just a silly […]

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Sensor Tower: Dota Underlords sees 1.5 million downloads in first week

Valve‘s newest game, Dota Underlords, has earned 1.5 million downloads on mobile in its first week in public beta, according to market analyst Sensor Tower. Dota Underlords went into public beta on June 20 for PC and mobile. The auto chess game has eight players battling each other. The experience is free-to-play, and Valve has […]

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HTC: How enterprise investments could jumpstart virtual reality

It may be a while before virtual reality sees a big consumer audience. But the enterprise market might take off faster, and that’s why HTC’s Vive X accelerator is pouring money into enterprise VR startups. I attended a recent event in San Francisco where Marc Metis, global head of the Vive X accelerator, announced investments […]

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BlueStacks Inside turns mobile games into ‘native PC’ games on Steam

PC gaming platform BlueStacks has launched BlueStacks Inside, which enables mobile game developers to publish their games on Steam with no porting to the PC required. BlueStacks inside has a one-step software development kit (SDK) that lets developers take existing mobile games to Steam and Discord. The initial launch will include several high-profile developers like […]

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Auto Chess on mobile is improving … but confusing

The race to cash in on the year’s hottest mod, Dota Auto Chess, is well on its way. Last week, Valve announced that it’d be making its own version, and the original creators — Drodo Studio — have also soft-launched a beta version of the game on Android — and just today on iOS. As […]

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Sensor Tower: Steam Link iOS app bags over 330,000 downloads in first week

Mobile market analyst Sensor Tower found that over 330,000 people have installed the free Steam Link app after its surprise release on the App Store on May 15. Steam Link streams your PC games on Steam to smartphones and tablets via a strong Wi-Fi connection (at least 5Ghz or higher). Sensor Tower estimates that between […]

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Steam April 2019 Top 20: Mortal Kombat 11, Katana Zero, and Mordhau stand out

In a new blog post published today, Valve revealed the top 20 best-selling PC games on its Steam digital storefront for April 2019. The entries range from big triple-A releases (like Mortal Kombat 11) to smaller hits from the Early Access program (like the silly Totally Accurate Battle Simulator). While the company is no stranger […]

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