Valve talked about this feature a year or so ago – a couch friendly mode for Steam’s interface. They went quiet and are not ready to start open beta testing of the controller enabled interface.
They even threw up a webpage detailing the upcoming interface.
The interface is just as I imagined it would be; big icons and some kind of carousal library. The web browser though, that’s unexpected. I’m very curious how this “first person web browser” feels and that “Daisywheel” typing interface is interesting as well.
This year’s Steam Summer Sale started a bit late. It had people worried but for the next week or so, folks will be far too busy refreshing Steam on a daily basis and then some.
Valve introduced 8 hour Flash Sales and Community Choice sales that have people checking the site more than once per day for new deals and new opportunities to give them more money. I’ve visited multiple times in hopes of something new and exciting but I only came away with: 1) Trine 2 and 2) the Alan Wake Collection.
I no longer buy Ubisoft games on day one and I’ve become weary of purchasing EA games as well. But now I may have another company to add to the list: Valve.
Valve burned me with Portal 2 — they actually burned me twice because I bought a copy for my brother. Watching the price drop below $50 within the first week was ok, but watching it plummet all the way down to less than $11 because of a Steam sale is disheartening.
Just last week I could have purchased, enjoyed Portal 2 and still have enough time to consider it for game of the year.
Valve have progressed quite a bit since its days with the original Portal. The first was a unique puzzle game with a surprising twist and filled with charm. But after watching my brother go through the entirety of it made me realize the superiority of the sequel in nearly every way.