Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Valve Says It's Going to Start Shipping Video Games Again

Valve Says It's Going to Start Shipping Video Games Again

However, over the past decade it's increasingly turned its attention to PC-based digital storefront Steam and its roster of competitive multiplayer titles like DOTA 2. That's not altogether shocking, but with games like Gwent are set to add substantial solo story modes there might've been a hair of hope that you'd be getting a standalone fix from Valve, yet it seems that's not to be.

Is this a good news? "Hooray. Valve's going to start shipping games again".

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Of course, Newell didn't detail exactly what we can expect. That's a trait that Valve now has, which we can expect to eventually see utilized. Don't get ahead of yourself. Steam is the go to gaming client for PC gamers and when the Steam application was put into hardware form with the consoles,'s safe to say that Newell and the team's focus shifted from software to a more hardware-centric bottom line.

"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo".

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Note the plural. New gameS. This is thanks to the investments made for Steam VR and the Vive headset, which has given the company the chance to develop their own hardware expertise. Five years ago, we didn't have electrical engineers and people who know how to do robots. It's that element of success, especially in the wake of the Nintendo Switch, that more and more companies are looking to Nintendo once more for inspiration, and Valve is no exception. Now there's pretty much no project in the hardware space that we wouldn't be comfortable taking on.

The investment in hardware, Newell said, has paid dividends for Valve and may offer the company an opportunity that few others have. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things. "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time that's really going to take advantage of it.

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