Valve Showing New Virtual Reality Hardware at GDC

Steam gains 25 million new users in less than six months; now sits at 125 million.

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Today Valve announced that it would be showcasing new hardware at the Game Developer's Conference, including "Steam Machines with the final Steam Controller, new living room devices, and a previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system."

Information on a Valve-produced virtual reality machine surfaced in January last year, although the company reportedly had no plans to release its own VR headset. Valve worked with Oculus VR on the Crystal Cove prototype's new tracking features, which was shown at CES 2014.

Valve also announced that it had reached 125 million users on Steam, up from 100 million in September last year. This marks an increase of 25 million in less than six months. The digital distribution service now offers 4,500 games, a marked increase from the 3,700 on offer last year.

Last month we learned that the design for Valve's Steam Controller had been finalized, and that we could expect to see more details in March. The controller was originally revealed in September 2013 with a design that featured a touch-pad and haptic feedback. The pad has undergone numerous revisions since then, the latest of which leaked last December.

It is worth noting that Valve's role in overseeing its hardware in the past has been to act as an enabler as opposed to a manufacturer. Case in point, CEO Gabe Newell reiterated this at CES last year when he said, "We really view our role in this as enabling. We'll do whatever is going to be helpful to other hardware manufacturers." Steam machine prototypes have emerged from several different manufacturers, and Valve's VR hardware may experience the same treatment.

The Game Developers Conference will take place on March 2-6 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. GameSpot will be covering the show, so stay tuned for updates as they roll out.

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@Valve, you're (mostly) good folks, so lemme just say this as politely as I can: We don't need you endlessly developing or "enabling" more unnecessary gamepads, consoles, OSes, etc. or adding yet more useless VR "appliances" to the dozens already out there. What we do need you to do is stop slackin' off, get off your fat lazy moba-addicted butts and finish HL2's remaining Episodes (if any), HL3, L4D3, Portal 3 and the million other things that we, your long-time customers, ACTUALLY want you to do. Thank you.

I'd apologize for bein' a bit testy back there, but the truth is, you people deserve it, for blatantly and arrogantly dismissing the obvious PRIORITIES of the very folks who made you and fed you as a company in the first place, for years now.

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razer overpriced products

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I love how eerily Valve mirrors Gregarious Games from "Ready Player One". Hopefully Gabe comes out and announces the OASIS for this new VR hardware.

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I really like the idea of personal theaters and I am glad companies are making them, but how are headphones and a headscreen considered VR?

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I dunno if anyone mentioned it before but... Half Life 3 confirmed ?!

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Half Life 3 !

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And for all you stupid people, sir Gaben Newell has already told us all he will NOT be making a HL3 because of the hype and expectations!

You made the bar to high so he will not even try to vault it, he knows you will all just be dissapointed!

You ruined it for yourselves people have fun! :-)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That's his fault, not the consumers. There is a chance for every game to be a master piece game.

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Hey look no hate from console people! that is the first time in years!

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Any new game from Valve would be good, but we can only hope :(

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They are concentrating on the gaming accessory market mostly now but nothing says they aren't developing new games :)

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Wonder if lord Gaben will be in attendance.

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Man there are so many different forms of VR and AR coming and we seem no closer to an actual retail model of any of them.

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Good thing I'm not a peasant. Otherwise, I will have to use this ugly giant trash on my head called virtual reality toy all because I can't afford to purchase a high quality tv. But don't worry peasants, Valve's got you covered.

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Probably pick up a steam controller; looks fairly interesting, espcailly for older pc games that do not support the xbox360 controller.

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Anyone complaining about VR has yet to watch "Sword Art Online".

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And here I am just waiting for L4D3....sigh.....

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Changed my tune about VR after trying a friends Samsung goggles for the Note 4 or whatever it is... I'll definitely be on board for VR goggles and the Steam controller. Just watching a movie and being able to look around at seats next to you like you're in a cinema is awesome. It does mess with your head a little though, I can see some 80's B-Grade sci-fi coming to life.

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Snore VR

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Stop changing the subject Gabe, where is Half Life 3?

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If they announce HL3-D a lot of people are gonna be really p!ssed

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just so you know, i'm at least 5 of those people. i have a bunch of accounts i made just to play dota for fun with on low tier with newbie friends, or when i'm just looking to do silly stuff on a more forgiving enviroment. and that's just dota

i'm pretty sure at least a third of those accounts are duplicates.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> There are well over 200 million actual Steam accounts which have been created so you might want to reassess your figures.

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I have 1 , and so do many others not something you can quantify.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I have 2 accounts, my brother has 3, I see what you mean.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Don't forget the scambots, but really how many of the LoL accounts aren't refferal farms?

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Sorry Valve, not interested in any of these things you show, until you announce Half-Life 3.

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I calculated 105m users that had logged onto Steam within the past year in December.

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Steam controller and Steam machines are still a thing? Gaben I hope you know that the reason people game on PC is to game on a PC, not a console. Please refrain from emulating consoles, cant you see that more and more are coming to because its PC and its not a console? The ship is afloat why sink it??

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I really like the idea of a universal software running on all types of hardware. I hope it succeeds. It would be a very healthy shift in the industry. Think exclusivity, cross-platform, that kind of thing.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Oh once upon a time I had that same hope but Valve seems a bit lost now in days. Oh well, if Gaben is ready to shock us well my body has been ready.

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They're apparently going to be showing off the new Source 2 engine, too. Which is leading some to believe they might be showcasing and announcing Left 4 Dead 3 and Half-Life 3. There's been some hints like in Dota 2's Source 2 folder including a folder that says HL3.

All still speculation and I'll believe it when I see it, but there seems to be strong indications we MIGHT be hearing some big news from them soon. A new Source 2 engine is all well and good, but it needs games to show it off. And Half-Life 2 was used to introduce and showcase the original Source engine.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That leak also implied that it would be backwards compatible with a lot of current content. I really hope this is true.

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I'm getting SICK of VR.

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Valve has to actually come through on the things they announce or their pedigree will fall by the wayside.. quickly. The audience they pander to is anything but patient.

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i spray "poo-pourri" on this VR tech.