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This is the final design of the Steam Controller (prices and date inc)

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Today at GDC, Valve displayed an image of the final design of the Steam controller on a large poster. The so called, 8 way NeoGeo CD micro-switched joystick, is just an analogue joystick. The left track pad appears to have grooves on it to tell your thumb where north, south, east and west are. Apart from that, it remains pretty close to the previous design that sported a dpad rather than an analogue stick.

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I’ll admit, I do prefer this design with a dpad. Even if it uses a PlayStation style dpad with a gap in the middle, it’s better than no dpad. Maybe the grooves on the final design make it really easy to find true up, down, left and right; but I thought the controller software allowed you to totally customise the track pads such as dead zones and positions. Continue reading

Valve announces the Steam Link Micro Console

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Late last night, Valve announced the Steam Link Micro console. A tiny little machine similar to that of the PlayStation TV where you can stream your Steam games from your PC to a bigger TV over your home network.

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Vlog Number 5: Gauntlet, Smash Bros, and a new Microphone.

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Hey there peeps, I haven’t vlogged in a while. Work has been insane for me recently as new university students coming in wanting a lot of stuff and multiplying sales like crazy. But this isn’t about my work, this is about games! I got Gauntlet, awesome game, I’m hoping to review it soon. I got Smash Bros for 3DS, great game, the 3DS controls might not be the best, but it’s awesome to have Smash on a portable. I got a new microphone, meaning you’ll hear my voice with much higher fidelity than before. So sit back and enjoy looking at my worn out face!

Have you been playing the new Smash Bros Game? Do you enjoy the new Gauntlet? Tell me about in the comments below!

Steam controller update

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Today Valve presented an image of the latest Steam Controller. As announced back in Mid-January, the Steam Controller now lacks the OLED touch screen in favour of XInput based buttons like a 360 controller. A new feature that was announced today is that the face A, B, X, and Y buttons feature analogue pressure sensors. Which is interesting as an XBox 360 controller features them, and work on the 360 console, but the Windows driver for the 360 pad doesn’t utilise them and treats the buttons as on and off switches. I wonder what games will use them? Could it mean that Metal Gear HD Collection can get a PC port now!?

Personally, I found the original design interesting, but I can how some people might see it as a little unwieldy and unconventional. I’m still interested to know what Valve had in store with the OLED touch screen. Maybe you were able to chance controller mapping whilst in-game without needing to pause it, which might come in handy for online FPS games. But maybe the beta test showed that it might be unnecessary, even though the beta testers got the non-touch screen versions of the first steam controller prototype. Even with the lack of touch screen I’m still hyped about it!

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 Click the image above to view a side-by-side comparison of the new design over the original prototype.

Source: PC Gamer

The Steam controller changes

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Kotaku announced an hour ago that the retail version of the Steam Controller will ditch the mini OLED touch screen and reposition the oddly placed face buttons and include a Dpad; making it look like a conventional controller. This mock up drawing shown at Valve’s #SteamDevDays event, shows face buttons in a A/B/X/Y configuration and a Ddpad that looks like just a set of face buttons; I’m assuming that’s because Valve is avoiding infringing Nintendo’s Dpad patent. It’s believed that the 3 pairs of triggers are going to be kept in the final design.

It was announced that the controller will have X-Input support, making it compatible with games that are not from Steam. Making the controller act as if it’s an XBox 360 pad. Meaning that games such as Bastion for example, will work straight away rather than spending time mapping each button on the controller to a keyboard key.

Sound like a better plan now, as there’s now a Dpad and better placed buttons. It’s a shame that the touch screen is gone. Though it makes you wonder what Steam had to offer with it?

Sources: KotakuSteamDB – Steam Developer Days

Trying out Steam OS

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On the 13th, Valve released their Beta version of Steam OS and Steam Machine hardware to testers. Unfortunately I wasn’t one of the lucky 300 or so people who received a high-end Steam Machine, equipped with an nVidia Titan and the beta version of the Steam Controller; basically the pad with seen, but the OLED touch screen is replaced with 4 square buttons. Continue reading

Green Light Time! And it’s Awesome!

Oh yes, Valve picked a bunch of games to officially get Green Lit onto Steam!

I saw this on Twitter!

 

…and oh yeah!!! Ikaruga is Green Lit! Continue reading

Steam, Steam, Steam, and more Steam!!!

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OK, I know, to most of you, you may have already heard of the stuff that Valve is making with the Steam trademark. There’s Steam OS, the Steam Controller, and Steam Machines. I like Steam! So let’s have a look into this! Continue reading

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Why I Hate Achievements

I dislike Achievements, Trophies, Awards, Stamps, and/or any other form of in-game pop-up that encourages my self esteem and ego. I have good reasons why, that’s why I’m writing a blog about it.

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When Microsoft announced achievements for the Xbox 360, it sounded like a great idea, to me and to a whole lot of other people too. We were all hooked, and people are still hooked, except for me. Eventually, I discovered that achievements are just things to improve your “E-Penis” on Xbox Live and your friends. Sure, that element might sound good to people, but what I see in achievements is a list of things to do in a game so that you look good at playing them; in other words, it’s a long list of in game chores to do to “extend your experience in the game”. Or as I like to call it “Create content without actually making any content.” Continue reading

Steam Consoles!?

So…  If you’re not aware, I’m a co-host on the Stalking the Retro Podcast, and

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we talked about Steam’s “Big Picture” and how I believed that Valve is making a console. One: because the “Big Picture” is controller friendly, and Two: Valve possess patents towards a unique Valve branded controller with interchangeable sticks and buttons.

Well… CES is here, and even a day or two before CES, there’s now more than one piece of kit that can get your Steam games on you TV without the need of building a Mini ITX PC.

First is the NVidia Shield.

Sorry NVidia, this is fugly…

And then there’s the Xi3’s Piston.

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I swear there’s more ports on the back of this thing than my desktop PC! 😮

In short, the Piston is more of a PC crammed into a tiny box, more of an actual Steam Console, that’s really just a tiny gaming PC, and the NVidia Shield in essence is an XBox 360 controller sized portable with a flip up screen that runs android and features a Shield exclusive software that can stream the video from a PC running Steam and play PC games on the Shield’s screen, or output it to a TV via an HDMI output.
Seriously though, seeing pictures of the Xi3 Piston, and it looks awesome! I’m amazed how they crammed so much in it. And of course it’s built out of more than one board that builds up a complete motherboard with more than on board and shaped into a small cube. If this was a Mini ITX PC, it’ll be made of a Motherboard, a graphics card and a PSU, which would be A LOT bigger than this. Plus I would like to know what kind of graphics chips they use in this thing. The only downside of this little machine is that it’s price tag is estimated to be a whopping $999! Now, building your own Mini ITX gaming PC would be cheaper than this. However Xi3 have stated that they’re going to make the system upgradable and that you can take it apart and replace it’s 3 boards that come with more RAM and faster processors. But with it’s $999 price tag on it, yeah… I’ll leave this for people with more money thank you very much!
The NVidia Shield on the other hand is pretty much an Ouya crammed into a 360-like controller with a flip up screen, and features video streaming from PCs that have Steam running on them.
NVIDIA Project Shield Hands On: A Little Less Weird Than It Looks
So it’s a two-in-one deal here, it’s a Tegra enabled Android tablet, so you can play your existing Android games on this, but with real buttons. Plus it has the function to stream Steam games onto either it’s 5 inch screen or out from it’s Micro HDMI output to a TV screen. There’s no price estimated for this, but I can’t see this costing the same price as the $999 Piston. I just hope they can change the design of it to make it look a bit more sleeker, I bet the designer was a huge fan of the original XBox!