Valve Sets Its Sights Beyond Games With Steam
August 9, 2012 11:01 AM
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Official launch of Software titles on September 5
Valve is a major video game company and has very impressive titles to its name, including Half Life. Valve also has a popular digital distribution platform called Steam that has been used to distribute digital versions of retail video games.
Valve has now announced that the first set of non-gaming software titles are heading to Steam. Software titles would be things other than video games. According to Valve, the software titles that will be landing on Steam will range from creativity to productivity.
"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Mark Richardson at Valve. "They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests."
The new software will be able to use some interesting features Steamworks offers such as easy installation, automatic updates, and the ability to save work to a Steam Cloud space so that files are available wherever you go. Steam will add more software titles as time goes by. The company also says developers can submit software titles via Steam Greenlight.
The official launch of software titles on Steam will be September 5.
Valve President Gabe Newell recently focused his wrath on Windows 8. Newell noted last month that Windows 8 would be a
"catastrophe" for the PC space
. He also predicted that some PC makers might leave the PC industry. Microsoft certainly made some of its biggest partners very uncomfortable when it entered the hardware business with the Surface tablets.
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RE: No thanks
8/9/2012 12:19:28 PM
I'll take Steam's EULA over MS any day. I've never had an issue with Steam, and how many times have you had to enter a MS license key, only to have the install fail and had to do it again! MS also invalidates your software - much more readily than Steam IMHO.
RE: No thanks
8/9/2012 1:08:39 PM
Obviously someone who is using older MS software. Office 2010 you don't validate until after the installation is complete. That kind of removes the whole install failed and had to do it all over again.
As an IT Admin the few times I have had an istall fail usually results in me finding some other issue with computer's hardware like bad memory or some other software(malware) interfering.
As for Win8 I'm not jumping on the bandwagon just yet. I've played around with the Customer Previews and I'm not really a fan of Metro on a desktop PC. Works great for a Tablet and Surface definitely has my attention. I'm feeling another case of Windows ME coming on.
As far as non-gaming software using Steam in a Corporate environment I hope they come up with an offline feature that works. Last time Steam service went down I couldn't play any of my games because I had not previously used offline mode at least once. So I had to wait for Steam to come back up which was actually a few hours and then turn on and off "offline" mode so that I would be ready for the next occurrence. It's really shameful in this day and age that hey require you to turn on "offline mode" for it to work when their service is offline.
RE: No thanks
8/9/2012 7:18:49 PM
Offline mode and allowing you to run applications on multiple machines at once is very important. Microsoft and Apple's app stores manage both of these great. I love Steam but those are two things about it that are still very broken.
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