Steam has hit a new record for concurrent users. Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, over 7 million gamers logged into the service, beating the previous peak of 6.5 million in October.
iBuyPower, a custom PC gaming retailer, has announced specs and price for its Steam Machine that holds up against the PS4 and Xbox One pretty well.
Valve recently revealed "Steam Dev Days," a two-day conference where game developers can "meet in a relaxed, off the record environment." And by "off the record," they basically mean were not allowed in. Of the many interesting things that I'm sure we'll be missing is this little panel: "What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years."
Valve has confirmed that a big Dota 2 update will be released later today. Alongside the much discussed "Diretide" event will be the "Three Spirits Update," which will include crafting, socketing, a coaching mode, and two new heroes.
A new batch of titles have just cleared Steam's "Greenlight" process. Just like with games in the past, they were voted through by members of the community, then assessed by Valve on a number of factors such as "press reviews, crowd-funding successes, performance on other similar platforms, and awards and contests."
Valve has announced that Dota 2's "Diretide" event is coming after all. This follows a lengthy campaign by the playerbase to more or less troll the entire internet until it got what it wanted.
I'll readily admit that I'm a big sucker for Steam sales. Tons of great games at unbeatable prices, how can I resist? The only problem is that we usually know about when they'll happen, but never specific dates. Until, possibly, this year.
The Steam train continues, with Valve announcing that their digital games service has surpassed 65 million accounts. This translates into a "30% growth in active accounts during the trailing 12 months on Steam." Impressive stuff.
In a very interesting development, Valve has said that they will be manufacturing all Steam controllers themselves.
Ikaruga is finally arriving on Steam, but according to developer Treasure, it was an uphill battle to get it there.