It's official, Steam is more popular than Xbox Live
Valve today announced that its Steam digital distribution platform is experiencing tremendous growth and is now home to over 65 million accounts. Active accounts are up 30 percent during the trailing 12 months on Steam, which offers over 3,000 games and software titles. The achievement gives Steam bragging rights over Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which currently boasts 48 million members.
We know that installing beta software can be scary. You never know what kinds of bugs might pop up or if stability will be an issue. At the same time, if you're wielding dual AMD graphics cards in a CrossFire configuration and play Battlefield 4, it's probably worth taking the risk on AMD's Catalyst 13.11 beta driver for Windows. This is the 7th beta release for this driver family, so any early bugs should have already been rooted out.
As badly as we all want Rockstar Games to throw us PC gamers a bone and at least confirm that Grand Theft Auto V is being ported over to our platform of choice, there's just no substitute for patience. Unfortunately, impatience can lead to bad decisions, like trying to illegally download a version of a game that doesn't yet exist in hopes that it turns out to be real, only to find out you have a real mess on your hands.
Traditionally speaking, bundled games with graphics cards have run the gamut from pretty crappy to totally awesome, with most skewed towards the former. Consistently leaning towards the latter, however, have been AMD's Never Settle bundles, in which Radeon HD graphics card owners have been rewarded some sweet titles. For the first time, it looks as though AMD's Never Settle Forever promotion will extend beyond the Radeon HD 7000 Series.
Microsoft has already received a bunch of negative press over various aspects of the Xbox One, much of which has been addressed to gamers' satisfaction (such as removing the requirement to dial home every 24 hours). However, there remains a point of possible contention that you'll find on Microsoft's Xbox One Pre-Order Production Information website. Among the list of requirements to use the Xbox One, gamers must waive their right to participate in a class action lawsuit against Microsoft.
In the words of Homer (Simpson, that is), "Mmm, pizza." It just so happens that pizza goes great with gaming, so why not combine the two? If you agree, you're going to drool over today's batch of bargains, which kicks off with today's top deal for BioShock Infinite (Online Game Code) bundled with $10 Domino's Gift Card for $20 with free shipping (normally $50). Talk about a tasty combo! Already own BioShock Infinite? Keep reading.
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We show you which MMOs will save you money and are worth your time
It wasn’t that many years ago when a paid-for subscription was the only way you could get your hands on a decent MMO experience. World of Warcraft dominated the online gaming landscape, and its success lead many other companies into the same monthly premium path.
Valve wrapped up its trio of announcements a couple of weeks ago by unveiling its Stream Controller, a unique gamepad designed to play with upcoming Steam Machines running Steam OS, the company's other two big reveals. The Steam Controller represents a move away from the traditional keyboard and mouse combo that have been so dominant on the PC platform, but according to Valve, this isn't like other controllers on the market. To prove it, Valve posted a video demonstrating the Steam Controller.
PC gamers sometimes have a love/hate relationship with Rockstar Games. A recent example is the release of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. PC gamers will inevitably love the title once it's ported over to the superior gaming platform, especially if Rockstar Games takes advantage of the hardware that's out there, but at the same time, they hate having to wait. And wait, and wait, and wait. Hopefully, the wait will soon be over.
Valve sent out an email to members of the press announcing its upcoming Steam Dev Days conference, a two-day event for video game professionals to satisfy their geek in a relaxed, off the record environment. They'll have access to industry expertise, be able to participate in roundtable discussions, attend lectures by industry veterans, and even try out (and provide feedback for) Steam OS, Steam Machines, and Steam Controllers.