Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More

Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More

Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More
HIGHLIGHTS
Steam Link will be integrated in Samsung TVs
Valve is working on VR content to be announced next year
A wireless Vive VR headset is also in development
Steam Dev Days is Valve’s developer convention that takes place in Seattle every two years. While no press was present at Steam Dev Days 2016, that hasn’t stopped information from trickling out.

The headline announcement was Steam Link – which lets you stream Steam games on your PC to your TV, will be integrated into Samsung’s upcoming TVs. A massive coup and a monumental indicator of PC gaming’s importance in the living room.

(Also see: Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon)

In addition to this, Valve is investing in VR companies, particularly one responsible for 60GHz wireless transfer technology. This could possibly be Quark VR, a company developing a Wireless Vive headset with Valve advising.

(Also see: PC Gaming Is Getting Better, but Publishers Are Getting Worse)

Furthermore, a new SteamVR controller is in development as are next-gen Lighthouse basestations. The former has no release window while the latter is expected in 2017. The company also reaffirmed Lighthouse tech being planned as open and standardised as Wi-Fi.

On the topic of VR, Valve claims 1,000 new VR users are on Steam every day. Which is odd considering both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift haven’t exactly sold as well as anticipated. Nonetheless, while Valve has no content announcements for Steam Dev Days, it claims to be working on something that should keep everyone happy.
(Also see: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift Sales Have Reached a Crashing Halt for Steam Users)

“Although we’re not going to treat dev days this year as the place or the time to make big product announcements related to the content we have in development at Valve for virtual reality I do think that once it comes time to do that next year that nobody in this room is going to be disappointed about what we have in the works,” stated Valve’s Greg Coomer on a Periscope video. Could he possibly be alluding to the Half-Life VR game HTC’s leadership revealed and quickly apologised for?

Other points of note include Asia being the third largest market for Steam, growing almost 500 percent. Prior to the event, Valve noted in a prepared statement that Steam is home to over 10,000 games across Windows PC, Linux, Mac, and multiple VR systems.

(Also see: Half-Life Lead Writer Retires From Valve)

VR appears to be the focal point for Steam Dev Days this year. While an admirable notion, it will be of interest to see if it ever reaches mainstream adoption given that the we’re just witnessing lower price points in terms of tech required. Whether the content is tailored for the platform or not could very well make or break Valve’s ambitions.

Tags: Steam, Valve, Steam Dev Days, Steam Dev Days 2016, SteamVR, Vive, HTC Vive, VR, Oculus Rift, PC games, PC gaming

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LeEco Membership Extended to 3 Years for Buyers of Both Smartphones, TVs

LeEco Membership Extended to 3 Years for Buyers of Both Smartphones, TVs

Global Internet and technology conglomerate LeEco on Friday announced the extension of its membership programme from one year to three years for buyers of both its ‘Superphones’ and Super TVs.

LeEco currently bundles one year of LeEco Membership with every handset, starting with the Le 1s in Eco in May. With the launch of its Super TVs, LeEco offered two years of membership.

Superphone users can now extend their membership to three years with the purchase of a Super TV.

LeEco at the beginning of August launched its Super3 series of televisions in India. Three models of the series are being made available in the country, the 55-inch Super3 X55, the 65-inch Super3 X65, and the 65-inch flagship model – the Super3 Max65. All three offer 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) resolutions, while only the flagship model supports FPR 3D and comes with bundled glasses.

The LeEco Super3 X55 has been priced at Rs. 59,790, while the LeEco Super3 X65 has been priced at Rs. 99,790, and the LeEco Super3 Max65 has been priced at Rs. 1,49,790.

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The LeEco televisions launched in India come preloaded with the company’s own content-viewing apps, such as Le Vidi, Le Live, LeView along with other tailor-made apps like Panosearch. LeEco says this will users access to roughly 2,000 films from Hollywood and Bollywood, more than 100 satellite TV channels, 3.5 million songs (which will come soon via software upgrade), and more than 50 live concerts.

Written with inputs from IANS

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Tags: LeEco, LeEco Super3 Tvs, 4K TVs, Home Entertainment, LED TVs

 

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