Steam Platform Tops 65 Million Users, Sees Xbox Live in Rearview Mirror

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Volleynova

Lets hope Rockstar takes notice and starts releasing future titles on Steam first instead of these annoying consoles from 2005 and 2006.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Microsoft is now working on remote desktop for ios & Android but streaming was never mentioned to use it for a gaming platform

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/19/microsoft-remote-desktop-for-windows-phone/

If Microsoft can't dominate and control the streaming potential of android or ios devices, do you think they would screw it up for STEAM, Linux, NVidia and any other players who might try to get in on the ground floor

Place your bets now!

Streaming all the latest Windows games to an Android device could be pretty sweat if the Patent Gorilla stays in his cage

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lordfirefox

SteamOS is going to let you stream your Windows PC games to the Steam Machine if you have one in your living room so I'd say Valve is already got a head-start.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

For now

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jbitzer

you better just hope it works with XP.

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vrmlbasic

With 65 million users surely Steam now has the clout to become just a store and optional match-making multiplayer service instead of being an obnoxious and clunky piece of DRM on top of those semi-useful services.

Can game companies finally make LAN gameplay, in addition to SteamWorks-based internet multiplayer, the norm instead of the exception?

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lordfirefox

It's funny because Steams "DRM" doesn't stop me from playing LAN games of Arma 3.

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wolfing

LAN gameplay? what's this, 1999?

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Renegade Knight

You are 100% right. This is 2013. In 1999 not everyone had a LAN. Now almost everyone does. LAN play should be a no brainer.

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Upyourbucket

Nothing wrong with Lan Play at all

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GenMasterB

Agreed!

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hastyscorpion

There is nothing wrong with LAN play but there also is not much point, in the days of high speed internet. And it is not worth it to the developers to spend valuable production time on a feature that barely anyone will use.

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lordfirefox

I actually prefer the 0 ping of a LAN game to Internet games because you can never rely on the internet connection to be 100% stable. Like for instance when your ISP decides to shut down for equipment upgrades in the middle of an intense gaming session. LAN gaming still has its place in 2013 and beyond.

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dgrmouse

hastyscorpion said, "there also is not much point."

It's not useful to you, so you assume the same thing is true for the majority? Internet speeds aside, there are plenty of cases where LAN play is superior and game devs, like everyone else, should strive for excellence.

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JosephColt

One day we will look back and say, remember when Steam just sold games?

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vrmlbasic

lol that day has come (and gone). I still don't quite understand why I'd want to buy benchmarking software through Steam.

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jbitzer

Can't wait for the PC GAMING IS DEAD RRRRRRAAAAAGE RAOOOAR idiot posts now!

Hurry up guys, post to tell us how much money you save buying a console!

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lordfirefox

More like "Console gaming is dead" because both of the big boys have relented and switched to x86 processor architecture. It's over, we won, they lost.

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Nixon

It's sort of rare to see stuff like that on Maximum PC. Tend to see comments like that more often on sites like Gamespot or Kotaku.

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legionera

Guess what, Microsoft is still making money out of that because most steam users use windows.

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Scatter

You think it's a coincidence that Steam is developing SteamOS?

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GenMasterB

Guess What? Microsoft still doesn't give a damn about us PC gamers..

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jbitzer

Wow, figured that all on your own? So the $ MS makes on the OS anyway = MORE $ when the user installs Steam? If only I had their magic revenue generator.

Man, why are they making Xboxes at all if they can just sit back and collect the phat Steam Lewt?

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legionera

How about installing Win on your mac PC so you could play steam games DESIGNED FOR WINDOWS?

Or

Dualboot Linux and Win so you could play from the bottomless library of win games?

Or

How about buying a PC with Windows so you could play Steam games designed for Windows?

Why they are making Xboxes? They make money out of those MS points, just like HP does from their overpriced ink cartridges and cheap printers. And, let me explain it clearly, there is a huge base of people out there addicted to games. If MS could sell cigarettes and coca cola, they would...

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jbitzer

I guess the point went way over your head. MS is not making money off of steam gaming. They already made their money on the sale of the OS. People are going to buy (or pirate) their OS regardless of playing games on steam.

That's why they tried to do GFWL, their shitty implementation is why that failed.

Steam, on the other hand makes a continual revenue stream off of installing their product, they get ad revenue, a percentage of every sale, a userbase of information to exploit, etc.

MS makes their money off of corporate licensing and Office. To imply they make money off of steam is like saying Chevrolet makes money off of you going to jiffy lube for an oil change just because you drive a malibu.

The only way MS makes money off of gaming is a closed platform like Xbox. There isn't a market big enough for them to make money on PC gaming due to the other 15 digital gaming services. PC gaming is never going to be their focus until they can make their platform exclusive on PC like Apple does with iOS, where it is only a fringe that is jailbreaking to use a different app store.

The win8 app store is seen by Valve as a step in this direction, THAT is why Steam OS is a thing.

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Obsidian

How long before Steam either buys a TV channel like G4 or makes one of their own, breaking into the streaming media zone???

Music channels a bit like pandora, or a streaming service where your Steam friends have put together playlists they listen to while gaming. Grand Theft Auto-style advertizing mixed in for games, campy and comical.

Steam can be a juggernaut with their distribution and existing user base. Shedding M$ as the anchor they are becoming opens up a lot more flexibility for them in the future.

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Upyourbucket

maybe Olivia Munn will be my gf for a day and even bake me some cookies

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jbitzer

Man I wouldn't be able to put up with that attention whoring tool for a whole day.