Poll Time: Did you play GTA V yet?

I was just wondering did you guys play GTA V yet? How is it? I’ve got no console on me right now so it’s hard to play the game especially when Rockstar decided there won’t be PC version yet. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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Diablo 3 PC won’t get offline play

Diablo 3 expansion Reaper of Souls‘ new loot system was designed to “cut the legs out” from the controversial real-money auction house. But, with the game’s console version recently releasing without an always-online requirement, is there any chance that the ARPG will one day allow for offline on PC? Can you guess the answer? You can probably guess the answer. Because it’s no. “Something Kevin [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][Martens, lead content designer] says all the time is: Diablo plays best when you’re playing with other people,” says Josh Mosqueira, game director for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls in an interview with Eurogamer. “Because not a lot of people connect their consoles to the internet, that’s where the whole idea of having to get four people on the same couch playing together. That’s how we get that social aspect. “But on PC, we really want players to feel they’re part of the bigger Blizzard and Diablo community. It’s a choice of platform and opportunity for our players to benefit from. There’s a more secure item trading environment, but also a more…

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Microsoft doesn’t consider Valve as competition

Valve finally prepares to roll out prototypes for its Steam Box in as little as four months. During a talk at Microsoft’s TechForum conference earlier this week (via The Verge), Microsoft’s head of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick - that’s “Xbox boss” - said a simple “no” in response to being asked if he considers Valve a competitor. Thankfully, Mattrick keeps his respect just as high as his confidence, stating he admires Valve boss Gabe Newell and the studio’s drive for “doing some innovative stuff.” He indicates fellow tech and gaming giants Sony, Nintendo, Apple, and Google represent a “richer scale of products and things being brought to market.” [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"] Newell shared his own take on Steam Box’s stiffest competition back in January, citing Apple’s similar living-room ambitions as “the biggest challenge” facing the project. “I think that there’s a scenario where we see sort of a dumbed-down living room platform emerging,” he said. “I think Apple rolls the console guys really easily. The question is can we make enough progress in the PC space to establish…

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The Verge: Gabe Newell’s exclusive interview on Steam Box

Check out this cool interview with Gabe Newell, talking about Steam Box, biometrics and Windows 8!

So you’re working on your own Steam Box hardware. Why work with so many partners when you have your own ideal design in mind?

What we see is you’ve got this sort of struggle going on between closed proprietary systems and open systems. We think that there are pluses and minuses to open systems that could make things a little messier, it’s much more like herding cats, so we try to take the pieces where we’re going to add the best value and then encourage other people to do it. So it tends to mean that a lot of people get involved. We’re not imposing a lot of restrictions on people on how they’re getting involved.

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Valve will release its own console with Linux based Steam on board

At last night's Video Game Awards, Gabe Newell confirmed the company's plans to sell its own living room PC that could compete with next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft. The biggest revelation is that Valve seems set to release its own complete hardware and software solution. Newell says that he expects companies to start selling PCs designed for the living room next year and that Valve will create its own distinct package. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"] Newell suggests that the company will create its own carefully managed PC ecosystem that's distinct from the one offered by other hardware partners. He also tells Kotaku that "our hardware will be a very controlled environment," and that some people will want a "turnkey" solution for their living room. But Valve doesn't reap any income from the sale of hardware that runs its platform or the software it hosts, and the company doesn't control Windows, which is the most popular platform among computers running Steam. Newell stopped short of saying that the company was building a Linux-based Steam OS, but he reportedly says that…

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Valve nukes Steam Box, working on new UI

The beginning of the week brought reports that Valve was working on something called "Steam Box," a list of hardware specs and associated software that manufacturers would turn around and build to sell under Valve's certified label. Much like PC gamers would see their favorite titles branded by Nvidia or AMD, these rigs would feature the Steam Box logo, indicating that they were good to go when it comes to playing PC games offered on Steam. The idea, it seemed, was to take the console approach and provide a set list of hardware that developers could rely on from multiple manufacturers. There's no indication that Valve was looking to create a single console to compete with the current and next-generation crops, but rather to have a standardized PC platform that lasts for up to four years at the most. There's even talk that the Alienware X51 rig was built based on an early Steam Box spec. According to a November 2 tweet by Valve employee Greg Coomer, a hand-built prototype consisted of a quad-core Intel i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a Zotac Z68 mini-ITX motherboard with an on-board Nvidia mobile GPU. According to Zotac's website, the Z68-ITX WiFi…

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Valve patents for controller

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Valve said to be working on ‘Steam Box’ gaming console with partners, could announce at GDC

Recently there’s been chatter that Valve — the company behind the massively popular gaming service Steam — has been considering getting into the hardware business. Specifically, there have been rumors that the company has been toying with the idea of creating a proper set-top console which could potentially pose a threat to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Valve co-founder Gabe Newell even recently told Penny Arcade: “Well, if we have to sell hardware we will.”

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