HTC Vive PRE CES

Valve’s HTC Vive VR Headset Is Blowing Minds at CES

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The HTC Vive Pre has been making a splash at CES all week. It’s the latest dev model of the HTC Vive, which is Valve’s VR headset, and it has some features that you won’t see on the upcoming Oculus Rift.

The Vive Pre will ship with two “Basestations,” which monitor your presence and let you customize your virtual space. The Basestations, along with a camera on the headset, will allow you to move around with more freedom than we’re used to in VR. Two controllers are also included. When you double-click the Home button on the controllers, you can see subtle green outlines of the room you’re in.

A feature called “Chaperone” will add blue outlines to furniture while you’re in VR so that you don’t have to worry about walking into it. Read More

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Valve Cracks Down on Match-Fixing

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Valve is dishing out a permanent ban to anyone that engages in match-fixing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. If a team is found to have intentionally lost for financial gain, the team and its players will be barred–forever–from participating in any further competitions sponsored by Valve. Read More

No Flash Deals on Steam This Holiday Season

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Steam will not be having any flash sales or daily deals this holiday season. Instead, the digital distribution service will host scheduled sales windows.

The fall sale will start November 25 and will run through December 1 at 10 AM Pacific. The winter sale starts December 22, and ends January 4.

Eurogamer reports that Valve wrote to developers and publishers confirming that Steam will have no flash or daily deals this winter. “We’ll still be highlighting your top games on the front page for 24-48 hour spans,” Valve said, “but those products will stay at their most competitive discount, before and after being featured.”

In other words, definitely check out the highlights on Steam’s front page, but don’t worry about the deals disappearing. They’ll be available at the same discount for the duration of the sale.

“It’s not a major change, but it does make the sale a lot more valuable for customers, and it allows us to build sale features that recommend your product all sale long, instead of just during its front page feature,” says Valve.