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Valve offers closer look at Steam Controller

Customisable control schemes, haptic feedback, more.

Yesterday, Valve detailed when it would launch its first wave of Steam Machines and its long-in-development 39.99 / €54.99 Steam Controller to the public.

Valve's first wave of Steam Machines launch 10th November

Valve's first wave of Steam Machines launch 10th November

UPDATE: Syber reveals its line-up. Pre-orders ship almost a month early.

UPDATE 04/06/2015 10.22pm: PC developer Syber has joined Alienware in revealing its line-up of Steam Machines.

Available in three models priced at $499, $729 and $1419 (roughly 325, 475 and 924), there's quite a lot of flexibility in these SKUs.

Unlike Alienware's Steam Machine's, Syber's catalogue is fully upgradeable.

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Steam Discovery update personalises video game shopping

Steam Discovery update personalises video game shopping

We interview Valve on the biggest shake-up to Steam in years.

Valve has today changed Steam in a bid to personalise video game shopping with a new, smarter home page that shows you what you'll likely be interested in.

Valve has redesigned the Steam home page, added a "Curators" system and enabled user customisation in what is a major shake-up to the digital platform.

The hope is Steam's huge audience, which has now grown to 100m active accounts, will find it easier to discover games they're interested in even as the number of titles available on the platform swells. This year alone over 1300 games have released on Steam - a huge jump on 2013's total figure - which has caused what many gamers and developers have called a discoverability issue.

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Steam gets user-defined tagging

Adds new way to shop for games.

Valve has added user-defined tagging to Steam, which should make it easier to shop for games in the digital platform's bulging catalogue.

Valve launches SteamVR beta for Oculus Rift

Steam now has an experimental mode for use with virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, Valve has announced.

Users report that the mode shows the client projected as if on a giant floating screen in front of you, and that head tracking works well.

"As of the most recent Steam Client Beta, Steam now supports an experimental VR mode," Valve's Joe Pudwig reported (thanks, Road to VR).

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