September 2013 Valve unveiled the Steam Controller with dual trackpads for its next-gen Steam Machines. Accompanying the Steam controller, Valve has announced it will release a new product called Steam Link in November and for $49.99. This will be the same price as Valve's Steam Controller which also will be released in November.
Steam Link as Valve puts it will "extend your Steam experience to any room in the house." Valve states that the Steam controller "is a higher-bandwidth haptic information channel than exists in any other consumer product that we know of,” Valve said. “As a parlour trick they can even play audio waveforms and function as speakers.” The Steam Controller will have two large, concave trackpads with buttons labeled A, B, X and Y. The trackpads will be clickable with two shoulder buttons located on the back just like a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 controller.
Steam Link will work with PCs, Mac and Linux computers to stream content within the home network from Steam to the device. The specifications for the Steam Link includes supporting 1080p resolution at 60 Hz "with low latency." Valve says there will be several boxes covering “an array of specifications, price, and performance." Valve mentions that the Steam Machines will have a price "at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance."
Steven Elop, Microsoft’s mobile chief, has confirmed the plan that Microsoft will offer upgrades to the new Windows 10 operating system to all mobile devices that are running Windows 8.1 software.
Microsoft at the press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also announced that there will be dedicated Windows 10 devices and new Lumia 640 and 640 XL.
If you have played the Trine series, prepare yourselves because it has been announced that Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is coming to PC this year. This game is an action puzzle franchise that is enjoyed by many gamers and received positive reviews from many critics:
IGN rated Trine 2 a 90: "Trine 2 throws players into a dazzling fantasy world and gives them three fun tools with which to save it. It's delightfully open-ended, from how you solve problems to whether or not you go it alone. Fans of puzzle games will not be disappointed."
Gamespot rated Tine a 85: "Trine 2 is a charming fantasy platformer with dazzling good looks and fun physics puzzles."
PC Gamer rated Trine 2 a 83: Trine 2 is far from mould-breaking, but the edges have all been smoothed and it's lovelier than ever.
We will keep you posted on updates.
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Those who currently subscribe to Unreal Engine 4, listen up! It has been announced that the Unreal Engine is now free for everyone. This is a huge change from the $19/month subscription service. This is a big deal for gamers because the Unreal Engine is a flexible, highly used, and well known engine. If you are a current subscriber you will receive $30 of credit for the Unreal Engine Marketplace to buy and sell Unreal Engine 4 content.
Tim Sweeney, the programmer and the founder of Epic Games stated:
"You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. It’s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed."