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Gabe Newell says brain-computer interfaces will be an “extinction-level event” for entertainment

In a rare interview, Gabe Newell has said he's been spending "a lot of time" looking into brain-computer interfaces. "The Matrix is a lot closer than people think", he says, and it's going to be "an extinction-level event for every entertainment form that's not thinking about this." He also talks about Half-life: Alyx, his fondness for Doom, and why he can't stop playing Dota 2.

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Half-Life: Alyx will start preloading on Friday

For folks who've already waited 12 years for a new Half-Life and absolutely, positively will not wait another second longer than necessary, Valve have announced that Half-Life: Alyx will be available for preloading from Friday. You'll need to have pre-ordered it, which usually we wouldn't condone, but loads of folks are getting the game as a pack-in freebie with VR goggles and hell, goggheads already…

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A virtual Steam Game Festival will let you play a load of demos today

With basically every games event cancelled or postponed by coronavirus concerns, Valve are launching a virtual showcase of games that would have been on show. The Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition will start tonight with over forty games on show and free demos for folks at home to play until Monday. That's nice, that. I'd be nice if this sort of thing became a permanent…

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Golly, everyone’s on Steam right now for some reason

The big daddy of PC game stores broke a new online user count yesterday with a whammin' 20 million folks signed in. Sounds like everyone is at home perusing their game libraries for some reason. On the real, the spread of Covid-19 is certainly keeping folks home more than planned and PC gaming is, of course, a perfect indoor time-sink of a hobby. Good on…

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Feature: Everything you need to get ready for Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx PC requirements and VR headset specs: How to get your PC VR ready

If you're looking forward to Half-Life: Alyx as much as we are here at RPS (it's one of our most exciting games of 2020, don't you know), then you'll want to make sure your PC is prepped and ready to play it come its big release day on March 23rd. The good news is that you don't need an expensive Valve Index headset to run…

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The Valve Index VR headset is back in stock, for now

The Valve Index headset is back in stock. There, that's the post. Seriously though, it's been a bit of a ride the last few weeks watching the upcoming VR-only Half-Life game creep closer as Valve's own VR headset remained out of stock. Half-Life: Alyx, is releasing later this month and it looked like the Index wouldn't get back on the digital shelf in time. You can now…

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Steam Labs’ latest experiment is a highly-tailorable News Hub

How many of you out there actually use Steam's News feed? Tucked away up there in the top bar, a static churn through anything and everything happening on Steam, stretching back into infinity. Surely there's a better way to keep tabs on what's hot - besides, of course, checking up on your favourite bespoke PC gaming website? It seems Steam agrees. The latest experiment out…

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You can walk around some Half-Life: Alyx environments in VR now, so I have

Half-Life: Alyx is so close I've started rearranging furniture in my house so I'll have more space to play it. I don't need to wait any longer if I want to visit a couple of the game's environments with my headset, however. Last night, Valve released two areas from HL: Alyx for use in SteamVR Home - that's the staging area you appear inside when…

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Have You Played… CS:GO – Danger Zone?

It's been over a year, and I still have yet to find an idea in any game that comes close to matching the brilliance of the interlocking hex-tablet-drone system in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's battle royale mode, Danger Zone. It belongs to the extremely select class of new ideas in games that not only offers several compelling points of departure from the tried-and-tested genre formula, but…

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Valve Index restock rumoured for Monday – and folks have strange plans for how to buy it

Rumour has it that the Valve Index will be back in stock on Monday, March 9th, and Valve expect their VR headsets to sell right back out the same day. They sold out months ago and manufacturing has been disrupted by the Covid-19 virus, see, and now demand is extra high thanks to the impending launch of Half-Life: Alyx. I am surprised to learn demand…

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Let’s pause to appreciate Half-Life: Alyx’s shotgun reload animation

There's a lot of Half-Life: Alyx to coo over in those three gameplay videos Valve released yesterday. Googheads might be smitten with catching grenades in mid-air, opening a car door to take cover behind, or lifting the lid on a portaloo then reaching in deep with your digiarm. Me, I have simple pleasures: I am well into the needlessly extravagant reload animation on what I…

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Three new Half-Life: Alyx videos show off gunplay and dead headcrabs

Half-Life: Alyx will be here before the month is out and Valve are kicking off March with three new gameplay videos. There's the usual headcrabs, of course, but we also get a look at exploding, healing, shooting, and plenty of other important VR action verbs. Valve have separated these into three videos to show off three types of VR locomotion: teleporting, shift, and continuous. Step…

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Valve have improved Steam’s search with new filters

Valve have introduced some new features to improve the Steam store search function. It basically boils down to putting a bunch of fields in so you can better filter what you're looking for. Now whenever you use the search bar, you'll have some options down the side so you can narrow your searches by price, genre tag, whether it's single player or multiplayer, and so…

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Dota Underlords rises out of early access today

Valve today launched Dota Underlords in full after eight months in early access. You know, Valve's version of the mega-popular Dota Auto Chess mod - the same autobattler mod which inspired Riot's Teamfight Tactics. You know, the team-building battle genre which has little do with which chess. That one. Today's launch has brought a new campaign-ish mode with challenges and puzzles, the start of a…

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Feature: Roll on Half-Life: Alyx

It’s the simple actions that make Half-Life 1 in VR so convincing

A new Half-Life game is only a few weeks away, but it occurred to me that there was no reason to wait for Half-Life: Alyx if I wanted to experience Vortigaunts in VR. I thus spent some time this weekend fussing around Black Mesa in the Valve Index, using a Half-Life 1 VR mod. It's impressively feature packed and easy to set up, but it…

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Valve say coronavirus impacting production of Index VR sets

Earlier this week, Valve's Index VR set was still sold out almost entirely around the globe just a month away from their own upcoming VR-only Half-Life: Alyx. No official word had come from Valve on the cause for the short stock or any estimate on when more units would be available. Previously we were only able to speculate on the cause for the hangup. Valve…

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A month before Half-Life: Alyx, Valve’s Index headset is still sold out

Half-Life: Alyx is barely a month out now, scheduled to release on March 23rd. When it was originally announced as a VR-only title, Valve's own Index VR headset quickly flew off physical shelves and was entirely sold out online by mid-January in all 31 countries where it's sold. As reported by Road To VR, the Index is still all but sold out globally.

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Steam can now tell you what to play next from your backlog

Valve's latest experimental Steam feature is Play Next. It's designed to recommend games for you to play from what you already own, based on what you've played before. It only recommends stuff you haven't played, so if you're one of those people that buys games and forgets about them it's a pretty good reminder of what you've got waiting for you in your library. My…

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Half-Life: Alyx brings us back to City 17 in six weeks

A new Half-Life game is launching in a little over a month. Huh, all sounds very real when you put it like that. It's only been, what, thirteen years since the last one? Today, Valve revealed that Freeman-free VR prequel Half-Life: Alyx has nailed down a March 23rd release date. Assuming Valve are right about getting through the next six weeks without delay, we'll all…

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