Gabe Newell confirms the company is working on hardware to compete with next generation consoles.
Valve is known for keeping their cards close to the vest, but every once and awhile, founder Gabe Newell opens up a bit. The legendary CEO was on hand at Friday night’s VGA awards, and confirmed during an interview with Kotaku that a Steam Box would go head to head with the next generation of consoles.
Recently, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth made a very bold statement when he said: “We expect to ship close to 20 million PCs in the next year.” Sounds like wishful thinking to us, but Linux system builder System76 would love nothing more than to see Shuttleworth’s prediction come true, as its entire business is dedicated to making Ubuntu-based servers, desktops and laptops. Its latest offering is a 17.3-inch laptop with “extreme components.”
A Linux port of Steam has been on the cards for a while now. Back in July, the Valve Linux team revealed in its inaugural blog post that it was working on getting a fully-featured Steam client up and running on Ubuntu 12.04. Apparently, that project has made enough progress for Valve to start looking for beta testers.
One of the most unique keyboards on the planet is now available for pre-order. It's the 'S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Professional Gaming Keyboard' (Strike 5, from here on out) from Mad Catz, and this thing puts the mod in modularity. Now available in "limited quantities," the Strike 5 consists of five separate hardware modules that you can attach, detach, and rearrange to suit your gaming style.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm today unveiled Bolt, a small form factor (SFF) PC billed as the slimmest custom designed gaming computer ever built. Bolt is the latest attempt to port PC gaming to the living room with smaller size systems that have a comparable footprint to that of an Xbox 360 console, which pair nicely with Steam's new Big Picture Mode. The Bolt measures just 3.6 inches wide, 13.3 inches high, and 13.4 inches deep. That's just slightly more portly than the Xbox 360 Slim, which measures 3 inches (W) by 10.6 inches (H) by 10.4 inches (D).
Max Payne is a man who’s insanely uncomfortable inside his own skin. He’s still haunted by the death of his family, and in Max Payne 3, his body—more so than any random member of Brazil’s criminal underbelly—is the target of his most vicious attacks. Booze. Pills. Booze. Pills. Booze. Pills. Perhaps the most self-destructive character gaming has ever seen, Max is a ticking time bomb of good intentions and life’s harsh realities. And, for better or worse, so is this game. It claws desperately at greatness in so many places—a gripping cinematic narrative, real character development, a Rockstar-worthy world, utterly sublime shooting—but narrowly manages to fall short every time. In slow-mo.
It's supposed to be common knowledge that all-in-one (AIO) desktop systems are ill equipped for heavy duty gaming, but if that's the case, good luck explaining Maingear's new Alpha 24 Super Stock. The Alpha 24 SS is truly the alpha of AIO systems, or at least it can be when going all-out during the configuration stage with large size solid state drive (SSD) storage and even an Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics card.
There’s some magical quality about the Transformers brand, a wonderful beauty in the idea that giant, walking Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots—who absolutely hate each other, we note—can transform into the coolest of cars, the heaviest of machinery, the biggest of guns… or even larger, walking Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em robots.
As we reported in August, Neo Geo is booking a comeback tour in the form of the Neo Geo X, a handheld console that will go on sale in December. At the time, we said it would cost $200 for the Gold edition and come with 20 pre-installed games to celebrate the console's 20th anniversary, but we now know there will also be a less expensive version, one that runs $130 and will also come with the same collection of games. So, what's the difference?
Guild Wars 2 appears to be selling well. So well in fact the developer has voluntarily sold itself out of digital copies. This is the first time in recent memory that a developer has refused to take money from hordes of eager PC Gamers, and while the game does have some growing pains, we commend them preemptively for taking this bold step to protect the player experience. The developer broke the news to would be fans via their official Facebook page, and the comments below seem to suggest some users are having more problems than others.