The number of Linux users on Steam more than doubled last month.
Fearing Microsoft will build a walled garden around Windows 8, Valve co-founder Gabe Newellbeganfocusing Steam development on Linux, and that effort is starting to show up in the real world. To wit, the latest Steam Hardare Survey reveals that Linux usage on Steam has more than doubled in February, jumping from 0.8 percent a month prior to 2.02 percent currently.
As if it needs said, this isn't your typical review.
Square Enix is planning to release a new Tomb Raider game on March 5, 2013 for the PlayStaton 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows, which will be the first in the franchise to receive an "M" (Mature) rating. In another first, the new Tomb Raider title will make use of AMD's TressFX Hair technology, resulting in the most realistic hair in a video game you've seen to date. Should you rush out and buy it? To help you make that decision (or, more accurately, to provide a few laughs), talk show host Conan O'Brien reviewed the upcoming title.
StarCraft II themed peripherals from Razer are back once more.
If you missed out on your chance to pick up a StarCraft II-themed gaming mouse, keyboard, or headset, Razer's giving you another chance. The gaming peripheral maker today announced the re-launch of its StarCraft II peripheral lineup in anticipation of Blizzard's StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion that's due to release on March 12, 2013. All three peripherals, now available, are geared for real-time strategy (RTS) games.
To celebrate the release of Steam for Linux, over 50 titles are now 50-75 percent off.
After lots of talk and months of beta testing, a Steam client for Linux is now available, Valve announced today. Could this be the beginning of a new era in gaming? It's far too early to know for sure, though Valve's Gabe Newell has let it be known in no uncertain terms that he's not happy with the direction Microsoft has taken its Windows platform, which ultimately led to Valve fast-tracking its Steam client for Linux.
Rumor has it the third Batman Arkham game will be a prequel to Arkham Asylum.
Warner Brothers has yet to officially announce a third installment to its popular (and fun) Batman "Arkham" franchise, though parent company Time Warner did let the bat out of the bag during a conference call with investors, in which the primary topic was the company's fourth quarter earnings. Outside of a short statement, little is known about the upcoming title.
Valve's Newell believes Apple could roll over the console guys, if it really wanted to.
In this week's edition of "Gabe Newell Said What?," the co-founder and managing director of Valve waxed insightful on the hurdles set before the much anticipated Steam Box, the biggest of which might be trying to overcome Apple's presence in the living room. As you're likely aware, Newell once famously called the release of Windows 8 a "catastrophe for everyone in the PC space," and that it would cause top-tier OEMs to exit the market. That's part of the reason why Valve is forging ahead with a so-called Steam Box in the first place, but it's not Microsoft (or Sony) that poses the biggest threat.
There will be four different versions of 3DMark, one each for Windows, Windows RT, Android, and iOS.
Futuremark is nearly finished putting the finishing touches on its new 3DMark benchmark for Windows, which it plans to release on Monday, February 4. It will be one of four different versions, as Futuremark is planning to launch 3DMark builds for Windows (including Windows 8), Windows RT (for ARM-based systems), Android, and iOS. Releases dates for the other three versions are not yet known at this time.
EA's Madden NFL franchise has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner seven out of the past nine times.
We don't buy into the notion that video games lead to violence, but saying the Baltimore Ravens will beat the San Francisco 49ers in the the Super Bowl? Well, in Silicon Valley, those are fighting words. Be that as it may, EA's Madden NFL 13 game, powered by an Xbox 360 console, predicted the Ravens will emerge victorious over the 49ers in a thrilling 27-24 contest, proving that they were a team of destiny.
Gaming peripheral maker Logitech will cease manufacturing console products by the end of 2013.
Logitech has seen better quarters than its most recent one, in which sales were $615 million, down 14 percent from $715 million one year prior. The company posted an operating loss of $180 million, in part based on a non-cash goodwill impairment charge estimated to be $211 million, but also because it's just not selling as many peripherals. In an attempt to turn things around, Logitech said it's discontinuing "non-strategic products," including speaker docks and console gaming peripherals.
GeForce Experience hits open beta status and adds support for new games.
Nvidia on Thursday announced that its GeForce Experience beta program is now open to anyone and everyone who wants to kick its tires, so long as you're driving a supported graphics card (and no, AMD cards are not supported). It initially launched as a closed beta back in December 2012, and since that time, over 40,000 gamers downloaded the app. Nvidia said it's been using the feedback it's received over the past month to make improvements.