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It's not every day a portable handheld manufacturer encourages you to do your repairs and upgrades yourself. Well, to be fair, basically they still don't. That said, Valve has had no qualms about sharing how to take apart and put back together its Steam Deck. Not without plenty of warning that you could damage the... 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...
Do you know how many hours you spent playing video games last year? Valve does (if you use Steam), and when added together with every other Steam user, the collective tally came to 38 billion hours, a 21 percent increase over 2020. That works out to 4.3 million years. Not quite close to the time that's elapsed since... Read more...
A pile of outlets have run a lot of benchmarks on the Steam Deck (we haven't gotten one yet). However, one of the big question marks surrounding the Steam Deck's gaming performance has been the effect, whether good or bad, of its choice of operating system. See, despite being a gaming PC at its heart, the Steam Deck... Read more...
Valve's Steam Deck is shockingly inexpensive for what it is, but it's still at least $400 of portable computer you'd probably prefer not to lose. There are various means of accomplishing this, but the less mindful among us may desire some technological insurance against loss or theft. If you're one of those... Read more...
Valve continues to make headway on putting games through its Steam Deck verification program, and the number of titles that have earned Verified or Playable designations has quickly grown to over 1,000 games. What Valve is doing here is remarkable on a number of levels, the speed at which it's verifying games being... Read more...
Unlike a true gaming "console" handheld such as the Nintendo Switch, Valve's Steam Deck is essentially a portable PC more akin to the Aya Neo or various GPD devices. This is great from a certain perspective; it means that when things go wrong, you can usually fix them. Unfortunately, it also means that it's a lot more... Read more...
Would you like to play Destiny 2: The Witch Queen on your shiny, new Steam Deck? Think again. Destiny 2 players could potentially be banned if they attempt to play the game on a Steam Deck. Bungie stated, “Destiny 2 is not supported for play on the Steam Deck or on any system utilizing Steam Play's Proton unless... Read more...
Is a Steam subscription service in the works? It was recently revealed that Valve does not plan on developing its own personal subscription service. However, it was noted that Valve would be willing to work with Microsoft to add Game Pass games to Steam. Wes Fenlon of PC Gamer asked Gabe Newell, President of Valve... Read more...
Is it too early to begin thinking about a Steam Deck 2? Not if you're Valve. There's no evidence to suggest the first-gen Steam Deck will be a one-off product and suffer the same fate as the Steam Machine initiative that never really went anywhere. And in fact, Valve is already taking lessons learned from the Steam Deck and applying them to Read more...
Valve has tasked itself with testing every single Steam game for compatibility with its upcoming Steam Deck handheld, and it will take some time to get through them all. It's off to a solid start, though, having already tested over 1,000 games. As the first batch of shipments get ready to go out, Valve has made it... Read more...
Steam has a reputation for running sales with games listed at heavily discounted prices. The Steam Lunar New Year, Winter, Autumn, and Summer sales are particularly notable for high discounts across a very large selection of titles, but sales smaller in scope take place all year round, including individual sales put... Read more...
The first batch of Steam Decks will begin shipping out to customers at the end of next week (February 25), while any new reservations placed now are expected to be available sometime after the second quarter. If you missed out on the first-run or just want a cool project to tinker with, Valve just made it relatively... Read more...
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