I know this column is titled “This Week in Video Games,” even though it’ll be on a bi-weekly basis. Unfortunately, “These Past Two Weeks in Video Games” doesn’t have much of a ring to it; you’ll just have to deal with it until we come up with something better. This week, we take a look at the launch of GTA Online (is it running yet?), the Battlefield 4 beta launches, and Valve unveils its new hardware, and maybe even confirms a certain game we’ve all been waiting for?
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Valve has been hinting at making a move into the gaming console department, as an alternative to the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, and this past week, they made an official announcement. Along with a console, the Steam Machine, they’ve also announced that they will be releasing a unique controller, and SteamOS, an operating system geared toward gaming.
A lot of people have been waiting for this console announcement, and it can be a game-changing alternative to those who aren’t necessarily PC gamers, but are sick of some of the shenanigans that come with Microsoft and Sony. Not a whole lot has been revealed about the Steam Machine just yet, but it has been said that there will be different versions of the console, at varying prices.
The console will come equipped with SteamOS, Valve’s new operating system that will be designed specifically for gaming. The Linux based operating system will also be free to download on any other PC, and will also allow users to stream games that are only available on Windows and Mac through the Steam Machine.
To accompany its Steam Machine, Valve’s Steam Controller is also set to make its debut. So far, it’s the one thing we actually have a picture and while the controller’s unorthodox design brings up a lot of questions, I’m intrigued to see how it works. The controller lacks the face buttons that we’re used to, save for a handful around the center touch screen, and has replaced the mainstream joysticks with clickable track pads, in addition to a few underside and shoulder buttons. For those who just aren’t interested in playing games on a console-television set up, the controller will be supported for Steam on other PCs.
I’m not a PC gamer, but I’m really looking forward to learning more about the Steam Machine and how it stacks up against the PS4 and the Xbone. I haven’t been all that impressed with either of the Next-Gen consoles, but maybe Valve can give me and the other “console gamers” another reason to make the move over to Steam.