Valve, GameStop, EB Games, Micromania, and GAME UK today announced the first pre order offerings for Steam Hardware devices will begin at 10 am Pacific. A collection of hardware designed to expand the Steam gaming experience into the living room and beyond, the new Steam Hardware devices are targeted to arrive in North America and Europe this fall.
Valve and Zen Studios have revealed the fruits of their recently revealed collaboration, taking one of the most beloved game series of the past decade, Portal, and giving it the pinball treatment! Portal pinball will be available on Zen’s pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, on the week of May 25, 2015.
Valve will show a family of new Steam devices at next week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CA. Products being demonstrated at GDC include Steam Machines with the final Steam Controller, new living room devices, and a previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system.
Free to Play, a documentary film from Valve that follows the lives of three aspiring professional gamers, is now available via Steam and Twitch, and coming soon to additional digital platforms such as YouTube and iTunes.
Valve today launched a “Recently Updated” section on Steam that highlights titles offering new and interesting updates, features, and/or content additions.
Steam Family Sharing, a new service feature that allows close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games, is coming to Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC, Mac, and Linux games and software. The feature will become available next week, in limited beta on Steam.
Steam Family Sharing is designed for close friends and family members to play one another’s Steam games while each earning their own Steam achievements and storing their own saves and application data to the Steam cloud. It’s all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.
“Our customers have expressed a desire to share their digital games among friends and family members, just as current retail games, books, DVDs, and other physical media can be shared,” explained Anna Sweet of Valve. “Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests.”
Once a device is authorized, the lender’s library of Steam games becomes available for others on the machine to access, download, and play. Though simultaneous usage of an account’s library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.
For more information about Steam Family Sharing and the beta program, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/sharing/.