Valve just followed up its SteamOS announcement from earlier this week by unveiling what it calls "Steam Machines," a new category of living room hardware designed to get you playing PC games on the big screen. There will be different hardware to choose based on your needs and budget, details of which will be unveiled at a later time. In the meantime, Valve has designed a high-performance prototype and plans to ship 300 of them to beta testers, free of charge.
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has been very outspoken in his criticism of Windows 8. He viewed the OS as the beginning of the end of PC gaming, in particular because he feared Microsoft's walled garden approach could eventually be used to shut out the competition. It's not really surprising, then, that the first of Steam's big three announcements this week is the introduction of a Linux-based SteamOS.
Challenge junkies of Steam, come forth and show yourselves! We know you're out there, every single one of you looking for platformers that test your patience. La-Mulana, the cult favorite re-released via Steam, is finally receiving a sequel.
Hankering for some more zombie goodness? Happen to do most of your gaming on PC? Of course you do! That means you probably haven't played State of Decay. Good news -- as of today, the Undead Labs open-world zombie massacre-fest is available via Steam's Early Access program.
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell turned a few heads earlier in the week at the LinuxCon 2013 conference by saying the next step for his company is to release some work it's been doing on the hardware side of things. Many speculated he could be referring to an official Steambox, though even if that's the case, it won't be the only thing Steam is cooking up for next year. Valve will make three announcements next week.
IGF finalists given chance to distribute games through Steam
Valve is offering a deal that Independent Games Festival (IGF) nominees can't refuse. The sixteenth annual IGF competition finalists will be given the chance to distribute their very own games on Steam, as announced yesterday via CVG. This bombshell comes right after the introduction of Steam Sharing, a handy new service we reported just a few days ago.
A worthy installment to the famed survival-horror series
Your heart pounds in your chest. Your palms sweat on your keyboard and mouse. Your stomach churns. No, you’re not having a heart attack, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs has got you in its grasp with no signs of letting go. In collaboration between publisher Frictional Games and new developer The Chinese Room, the latest installment of the Amnesia survival-horror series has arrived.
Peter Molyneux's Godus, often referred to as the "reinvention of the god game genre," will be available for purchase on September 13 via Steam's Early Access Program. The beta, via TechSpot, will be ready for play when users purchase at $19.99, with more features to roll out as the concrete release date approaches.
Over 100 brand new titles greenlit for Steam mean deals for you
We just suffered through the Steam Summer Sale, but there's a whole new roundup of games for sale this weekend. Celebrating Steam Greenlight's one-year anniversary, Valve just approved 100 brand new games to be sold via Steam. In addition, 10% to 75% has been taken from a selection of titles. If you're looking for some weekend gaming deals, look no further for ideas for your Labor Day weekend.
The next chapter in Lovecraftian horror arrives this September
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, the follow-up to the horrifying Amnesia: The Dark Descent, will be slithering its way to a September 10th release date. The porcine machination, via PC Gamer, will be releasing on both Steam and GOG for interested parties for $20, but if you decide to take the plunge early, you can pick it up for 20% off the price, relishing in some expertly-paced horror for only $15.99.