Items tagged with Valve

The Steam Deck has been a smash hit. It's not flawless, but it's a very good value considering its capabilities. If you're out of the loop, it's a portable PC that can play Steam games on top of doing all the other usual PC things, and it's just $399 for the cheapest model. The biggest frustration is has been that you... Read more...
It's almost time for Half-Life to celebrate its 24-year anniversary. The Valve Software team, led by Gabe Newell, a former Microsoft engineer, released the genre-defining first-person shooter in 1998. Unfortunately, though, the real-time ray-traced update to the game we saw in January has been delayed. Ray tracing... Read more...
Sadly, the Steam Stats Page is no more. However, Valve has already replaced it with something that looks and behaves far better, Steam Charts. It provides live data views of most played and top-selling games. The top-selling breakdown even takes DLC sales into account now, too. This change comes closely behind another... Read more...
In August of 2021 Valve announced the Steam Deck. In February of 2022 the portable gaming device started shipping, and was ultimately met with mostly positive reviews. This year at the Tokyo Game Show (TGS), the Steam Deck has been the main focus for Valve, as its booth design definitely highlights. One big part of... Read more...
The Tokyo Game Show (TGS) kicked off today, and Valve is using it to promote its PC gaming handheld. One of the most eye-catching stands at the TGS thus featured a massive rendition of the Steam Deck—a version that we guesstimate to be about 10ft tall and 25ft wide. Valve’s extremely popular device only went up for... Read more...
The highly popular PC game retailer, Valve, released an update yesterday to make searching for your favorite games simpler and more intuitive. The update for the Steam app was previously launched as a Steam Labs experiment, allowing the company to test and get player feedback over the last few months. The updated... Read more...
If you have ever wished to walk in Gordon Freeman's shoes, soon you can. Half-Life 2: VR is a fan made VR implementation of the now 18-year-old game. This release is designated as a mod and will require players to own a copy of the original Half-Life 2 as a base. Created by the Source VR Mod team, this mod looks to... Read more...
Ever feel like there's just not enough support for classic hardware or even reproductions of them on PC? Valve seems to think so too because as of the July 27th update to Steam there is now support for all Nintendo Online classic controllers, and more. Valve's attempt at making Steam as universal as possible... Read more...
Most people alive right now are aware that almost the entire world is being affected by a heatwave that is expected to last the week. Even the United Kingdom is experiencing toasty temperatures it has never seen in its own recorded history. Of course, those of us in tech actually have significant concerns here too... Read more...
Depending on when you ordered your Steam Deck console and just plain old luck of the draw, you could end up with a model configured with a downgraded solid state drive (SSD). Affected units cut the available bandwidth in half, impacting the theoretical maximum data transfer rate. However, Valve says it's no big deal... Read more...
As it turns out, you shouldn't mod your Steam Deck console with a physically bigger solid state drive (SSD) because it "will significantly shorten the life" of the system, according to one of the device's actual designers at Valve. The warning comes after a mod began making the rounds showing a larger form factor SSD... Read more...
Update 6-27-22: Since publishing this story, a Steam Deck designer at Valve posted a warning on Twitter to avoid this mod because it will heat up the charger IC and "will significantly shorten the life" of the console. Original Story: It's not every day a portable handheld manufacturer encourages you to do your... Read more...
Over the past year, much of the buzz surrounding Valve, the company behind Steam, has concerned the Steam Deck. However, despite the hype-filled launch of its handheld game console, it seems that Valve hasn’t forgotten about its other gaming device endeavor: virtual reality (VR). In fact, it appears as though the... Read more...
Valve deserves a lot of credit for how it went about designing and launching the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming console that's essentially a portable PC. It may resemble a Switch in form, but its DNA is entirely PC, and with it comes a refreshingly high level of DIY repair options. Leaving little to the imagination... Read more...
If you're a PC gamer, you're probably aware of Humble Bundle. For those unfamiliar, it's a site that got its start by selling the aforementioned bundles: packs of PC games, usually indie titles, where the purchaser can name their own price—thus the "humble" in the title. A portion of the proceeds goes to Humble Bundle... Read more...
If you're a hardcore desktop PC gamer, you probably sneer at framerate limiters. "Why would I want to limit the glorious power of my monster PC," you may ask, but for folks on thermally-, power-, or battery-constrained machines, framerate limiters can be a godsend. There's no need to crank out ≧60 FPS all the time... Read more...
It's official. Valve's Steam Deck has finally launched, and initial pre-orders are shipping. Although, the Steam store still states that the only thing you can do is reserve for the next shipment date, which is out in Q3 of 2022 right now. Regardless, for some users who do already have or are getting the device, there... Read more...
The top selling "game" on Steam is not actually a game at all, but Valve's in-demand Steam Deck handheld PC. It occupied the second spot last week (for the fifth week in a row), just ahead of Elden Ring but below Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, but this week ascended the throne and managed to snatch the crown all... Read more...
Valve didn't need to go bonkers outfitting its Steam Deck with ultra high-end hardware, it just had to ensure smooth gaming on the handheld's 7-inch IPS display with a native 1280x800 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. And so it has a custom AMD Zen 2 processor with integrated RNDA 2 graphics. That's fine, but could... Read more...
Valve is making all kinds of strides with its Steam Deck handheld, from crushing bugs and improving the overall experience, to ramping up shipments and validating more games from its Steam catalog. This is turning into a lesson on how to successfully launch a hardware product, and during a lingering shortage of... Read more...
Valve is very close to officially supporting Windows 11 on its Steam Deck handheld game console. Future SteamOS and BIOS updates will enable installing Microsoft's latest operating system on Steam Deck, if that's the direction you want to go, though you don't have to wait for a stable release. They're actually... Read more...
Scalpers have been making out like gangbusters during the silicon shortage by selling things like graphics cards and game consoles at high markups on eBay. You can add Valve's recently released Steam Deck to the pile. That's not a new develop, but now that Steam Decks are out in the wild, scalpers are cashing in with... Read more...
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