Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 4

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2013 - 09:47 PM |
Tagged: steam sale, steam, amazon

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 4!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 3

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2013 - 06:13 PM |
Tagged: steam sale, steam, amazon

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 3!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 2

Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2013 - 10:23 PM |
Tagged: steam sale, steam, amazon

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 2!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 1

Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2013 - 10:09 PM |
Tagged: steam, steam sale, amazon

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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Podcast #273 - Corsair 750D, a XSPC Watercooling Kit, the Steam Controller and more!

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2013 - 06:35 PM |
Tagged: podcast, video, corsair, halloween, costume, contest, XSPC, watercooling, radiator, steam, SteamOS, Steam Controller

PC Perspective Podcast #273 - 10/17/2013

Join us this week as we discuss the Corsair 750D, a XSPC Watercooling Kit, the Steam Controller and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano

 
Program length: 1:10:56
  1. PC Perspective Halloween Hardware Giveaway - Brought to you by Corsair and Gigabyte

  2. Week in Review:
  3. This episode is brought to you by Carbonite.com! Use offer code PC for two free months!
      1. Skylake (2015) reportedly not affected
  4. Hardware/Software Picks of the Week:
  5. podcast@pcper.com
  6. Closing/outro

 

Podcast #271 - Hawell NUC, MSI X87 XPOWER Motherboard, the Steam Controller and more!

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2013 - 02:32 PM |
Tagged: Z87 XPower, z87, video, steam os, Steam Controller, Steam Box, steam, podcast, nuc, msi, haswell

PC Perspective Podcast #271 - 10/03/2013

Join us this week as we discuss the Hawell NUC, MSI X87 XPOWER Motherboard, the Steam Controller and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano, and Scott Michaud

 
Program length: 1:24:00
  1. Batman: Arkham Origins keys anyone??
  2. Week in Review:
  3. News items of interest:
  4. Hardware/Software Picks of the Week:
    1. Allyn: Dual Power eSATA USB 2.0 Power combo to 22Pin SATA cable (on eBay)
    2. Scott: Teksavvy Internet (Not USB Hubs)
  5. 1-888-38-PCPER or podcast@pcper.com
  6. Closing/outro

 

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Thinking about the Steam Machine

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2013 - 02:37 PM |
Tagged: steam, SteamOS

The Tech Report got to thinking about the future of the Steam Machine and how likely it is to be more like a line of PCs than a single console.  While some are currently awaiting a response to their request to participate in the beta, TR is already looking to the future of the Steam Box.  With the open source SteamOS and Steam's vast knowledge of the hardware people use in their gaming machines TR envisions a line of Steam Machines from a lower end model for light gaming on a TV all the way up to high end versions that will sport the latest and greatest hardware.  Can Valve be as successful at selling pre-built machines as it is at selling hats? 

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"In his latest blog post, TR's Geoff Gasior gets all worked up about Valve's upcoming Steam machines and explains why they're another example of the company playing to the strengths of the PC."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

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Podcast #270 - AMDs new GPU lineup, SteamOS, the Steam Box, and more!

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2013 - 02:41 PM |
Tagged: video, valve, SteamOS, Steam Box, steam, razer, R9 290X, R9, R7, podcast, Naga, corsair, amd

PC Perspective Podcast #270 - 09/26/2013

Join us this week as we discuss AMDs new GPU lineup, SteamOS, the Steam Box, and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

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  • RSS - Subscribe through your regular RSS reader
  • MP3 - Direct download link to the MP3 file

Hosts: Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano, and Morry Teitelman

 
Program length: 57:42
  1. Week in Review:
  2. Hardware/Software Picks of the Week:
    1. Ryan: A pair of coconuts supporting a beautiful
    2. Jeremy: Portable OS
    3. Allyn: Remote Mouse
    4. Morry: AT&T U-Verse
  3. 1-888-38-PCPER or podcast@pcper.com
  4. Closing/outro

 

Steam Family Sharing Is Different From Xbox One

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | September 11, 2013 - 08:31 PM |
Tagged: xbox one, valve, steam

I know there will be some comparison between the recent Steam Family Sharing announcement and what Microsoft proposed, to a flock of airborne tomatoes I might add, for the Xbox One. Steam integrates some level of copy discouragement by accounts which identify a catalog of content with an individual. This account, user name and password, tends to be more precious to the licensee than a physical disk or a nondescript blob of bits.

The point is not to prevent unauthorized copying, however; the point is to increase sales.

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Account information is used, not just for authentication, but to add value to the service. If you log in to your account from a friend's computer, you have access to your content and it can be installed to their machine. This is slightly more convenient, given a fast internet connection, than carrying a DRM-free game on physical storage (unless, of course, paid licenses are revoked or something). Soon, authorized friends will also be able to borrow your library when you are not using it if their devices are authorized by your account.

Microsoft has a similar authentication system through Xbox Live. The Xbox One also proposed a sharing feature with the caveat that all devices would need a small, few kilobyte, internet connection once every 24 hours.

The general public went mental.

The debate (debacle?) between online sharing and online restrictions saw fans of the idea point to the PC platform and how Steam has similar restrictions. Sure, Steam has an offline mode, but it is otherwise just as restrictive; Valve gets away with it, Microsoft should too!

It is true, Microsoft has a more difficult time with public relations than Valve does with Steam. However, like EA and their troubles with Origin, they have shown themselves to be less reliable than Valve over time. When a purchase is made on Steam, it has been kept available to the best of their abilities. Microsoft, on the other hand, bricked the multiplayer and online features of each and every original Xbox title. Microsoft did a terrible job explaining how the policy benefits customers, and that is declared reason for the backlash, but had they acquired trust from their customers over the years then this might have just blown over. Even still, I find Steam Family Sharing to be a completely different situation from what we just experienced in the console space.

So then, apart from banked good faith, what is the actual difference?

Steam is not the only place to get PC games!

Games could be purchased at retail or competing online services such as GoG.com. Customers who disagree with the Xbox One license have nowhere else to go. In the event that a game is available only with restrictive DRM, which many are, the publisher and/or developer holds responsibility. There is little stopping a game from being released, like The Witcher 3, DRM-free at launch and trusting the user to be ethical with their bits.

Unfortunately for Xbox Division, controlling the point of sale is how they expect to recover the subsidized hardware. Their certification and retail policies cannot be circumvented because that is their business model: lose some money acquiring customers who then have no choice but to give you money in return.

This is not the case on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is easy to confuse Steam with "PC Gaming", however, due to how common it is. They were early, they were compelling, but most of all they were consistent. Their trust was earned and, moreover, is not even required to enjoy the PC platform.

Source: Steam

Origin Return Policy Announced

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2013 - 01:37 AM |
Tagged: origin, steam

EA wants Origin to succeed and they acknowledge some of their decisions hindered the distribution platform. They are fighting an uphill battle against Steam who are entrenched with both time and trust. Several years have passed since users felt Valve was forcing software into our taskbar notification area and, apart from release dates, their word is fairly... not demonized... unless it draws ire from some other fan-base.

It is usually the scrappy underdog to find new angles to compete from.

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Origin has the advantage of having a large catalog of first-party titles compared to its main competitor. Just announced, any EA game purchased on Origin is eligible for a full refund within the first 24 hours since it, the game, was first launched. This refund policy is limited to seven days after purchase or, if paid during pre-order, seven days after release.

Steam cannot easily compete on this ground. EA products on Origin make up some of the most visible entries. By far, most items purchases on Steam are not developed by Valve and should require intensive negotiations with multiple publishers. Meanwhile, Origin gains good faith with this policy and can suggest similar initiatives to third-parties content distributors as they sign on without any surprise.

After all users would, by then, expect refunds on Origin.

This is an interesting way for Electronic Arts to release control in exchange for revenue. I hope EA will continue to work with customers rather than fight them with horrific DRM and my-way-or-the-highway policies. Often the seduction of monetizing your control outweighs a rational assessment of how much resources you threw at acquiring said control. Consumers will accept you, just as they accept GoG, even if you are clearly interested in finances... just probably not if you treat them, your customers or potential customers, like enemies. I have said this before.

This is a good move along those lines. Work with your customers and more should come.

Source: Origin