Valve have revealed how many people are using Steam and there has been at 30% rise since last year alone.
2013 Has Been A Big Year For Steam
Valve have been in the news a lot lately. They have launched ambitious plans to enter the home living room market with their own hardware dubbed the Steam Machines.
They are also creating their own Steam OS. Last but not least, there has been a lot of hype about the new controller which they promise will allow PC first person shooter games to be playable in the living room for the first time with a gamepad.
2013 has seen the introduction of many new features on the Steam platform. We have seen the introduction of family sharing, steam trading card games, early access and obviously the introduction of Linux support for the first time.
One thing is for sure, there is certainly a lot of innovation taking place at Valve at the moment.
Steam User base Now Over 65 Million
Valve boss Gabe Newell recently explained, “The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the user’s experience by reducing the distance between content creators and their audience,”
“As the platform grows, our job is to adapt to the changing needs of both the development and user communities. In the coming year, we plan to make perhaps our most significant collaborations with both communities through the Steam Dev Days and the Steam Machines beta.”
Adding to all the new features, Valve have also announced that there will be an new “In-Home Streaming” option added to Steam soon.
“Steam In-Home Streaming is a feature that will allow people to stream games from one computer to another anywhere in their house.
This feature will be available for beta testing later this year. Beta participants will be randomly selected from members of this group, so join, have fun, and stay tuned for more details!”
Blizzard COO Praises Steam Machines
In more good news for the company gaming publishers such as Blizzard have been coming out in support of Steam Machines and given it their full backing.
A variety of Steam Machines will be available next year – Valve will remain the sole developer of their high tech controller.
Blizzard COO Paul Sams recently revealed he was “excited” by the plans stating “I think Valve is a really great company, I think [Valve cofounder Gabe Newell] and his team have consistently and regularly done great stuff, and I think if anybody could do it, they can.”