Game developer Bungie has finalised its divorce from Activision,
both have now parted ways, and we are all the winners of this new arrangement.
With all the vigour of a divorcee on a Friday night out Bungie has let Destiny
2 loose, converting it to a free to play game via Steam.
Bungies entire back catalogue has now moved from its old home at Battle.net to its post-divorce accommodation at Steam. Bungie hasn’t neglected its old fiends either, all current Battle.net accounts can be easily migrated to Steam keeping your gaming history intact.
Fellow lovers of free wares jump onto Steam and secure your copy of the now free to play Destiny 2 Shadowkeep. Now that Destiny 2 is a Free To Play title there is of course no deadline inspired rush but remember the longer you wait the more action you will miss. Prepare to light up the moon with all of the hellacious gunfire and destruction this reborn shooter has to offer.
The handheld gaming market is about to heat up with a new console appearing from out of the blue. The SteamBoy handheld Steam machine has piqued the internet’s interests with its unique features and sharp looks.
The SteamBoy Machine Team (no relation to Steam) released the preview for their hand held steamer on the last day of E3, surprising the tired masses. Website the Escapist got the low down on the console with much potential.
Let’s just get this one point out of the way early, the key to next generation gaming is Game Streaming. The only real question is when. Whether connected to a cloud service or a local PC the chances are in the not too distant future the machine you are playing a game on won’t be the one rendering the frames.
While game streaming technology has been bubbling away and developing for a number of years it is only now that the technology is ready for prime time. Services are already appearing from Sony and Nvidia but Valve’s is also preparing to launch its own assault on our living rooms, their primary weapon being the Steam Machines that include game streaming functionality.
Amongst all of this progress Microsoft have been decidedly quiet on the subject of game streaming with either the Xbox One, PC’s or tablets. Are they that far behind the 8 ball?
A match made in heaven, Steam and micro PC maker Xi3 have been seen around the halls of CES in compromising positions. With Xi3 hardware on display at Steam’s booth and Xi3’s CEO talking up everything Steam something is in the air.
Project Piston is result of this not so secret partnership, a micro computer not much larger than a Rubik’s cube that also happens to be the Steam Box prototype.
The latest product developed by Xi3 is designated the X7A, this is thought to be the technological foundation of the Steam Box prototype. Keeping with Xi3’s compact form factor and modular design the X7A measured a mere 11cm at each corner, a tight squeeze for a fully fledge PC. Clever by design Xi3 have split the PC’s motherboard into 3 parts that are laid around the inside surface of the cube. See the previous Highpants article on Xi3’s excellent chrome cube for more information.
Steam, the purveyor of digital game downloads are no longer content being the leading online game distribution network, confirming it has hardware on its mind. CEO Gabe Newell let slip recently during an interview with Kotaku that Steam is indeed working on a hardware platform, the Steam Box.
Designed specifically for the living room big screen TV experience the Steam Box will be a Linux based mid range PC on the inside with a Steam interface upfront. Competing directly for our living room TV time, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft should all be looking over their shoulders.
The Steam Box won’t be just competing with the consoles; by mid 2013 a number of Windows 8 boxes designed for the living room will also be available. Covering all of their bases Steam already has client software for all of the competing platforms, win win.