Retrospective: Half-Life 2

at 01:00pm April 21 2014
Half-Life 2

Had it slipped even farther from that 2003 release date, sending expectations not just through the roof but into outer space, Half-Life 2 would still have scored that 10. Like Xen, the border world in which life for Gordon Freeman went from bad to catastrophic in the blink of an eye, it exists entirely in…

Steam Machines unlikely to make “any impact at all” in 2014 – is Valve playing the long game?

at 02:00pm January 10 2014
Steam Machines

Overpriced, underwhelming to look at and destined to cater for a small niche, the Steam Machines unveiled at CES are unlikely to make any impact on the current console race when they launch later this year. That was the message from industry analysts this week after Valve unveiled the first wave of custom PCs built…

A visual guide to the newly-revealed Steam Machines

at 12:00pm January 7 2014
Steam Machines

A handsome bunch.

Virtual reality on PS4 and Xbox One – the real next-gen?

at 05:30pm November 6 2013
PS4 vs Xbox One

Mounting evidence suggests that Sony and Microsoft will each launch firstparty peripherals for PS4 and Xbox One with virtual reality capabilities. Development sources have told us that PS4’s own “Oculus beater” will launch much sooner than Microsoft’s own wearable tech, of which little is known. It is expected, however, to be an internet-connected headset more…

Valve’s Steam Controller: “the haptic feedback motors make a profound difference”

at 10:00am November 1 2013
Steam Controller

Valve might control gaming on the desktop, but now its gaze is fixed on another room in the house. The three announcements the company made at the end of September – SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam Controller – reveal its plans to pry open the traditional console’s grip on the living room. The lines between…

Valve’s Steam Box: a true console contender?

at 02:00pm October 10 2013
Steam Machines 2

Valve’s trio of recent announcements – first details of Steam OS, its hardware beta and controller – has added an extra sense of the unknown to the future of videogame hardware. Though the face off between PS4 and Xbox One continues to attract the greater number of headlines, Valve is deliberately and defiantly steering clear…

Valve’s Steam Controller has the potential to change games in the living room

at 12:00pm September 28 2013
Steam Controller

Our thoughts on the Steam Controller, which is arguably the most important part of the ‘Steam in the living room’ concept,

Steam Machines will be powerful, upgradable and open – the potential is remarkable

at 09:53am September 26 2013

Our look at the second of this week’s trio of announcements from Valve.

SteamOS and what’s next for Valve in the living room

at 12:00pm September 24 2013

Our look at what SteamOS means for games, and what we expect Valve to do next.

A spectator’s guide to Dota 2

at 03:07pm August 2 2013
Dota 2 Compendium

Don’t know much about Dota 2? Here’s what you need to know to watch it.

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