Oculus poaches another Valve employee, hires Michael Abrash as chief scientist

Oculus VR, the virtual reality headset technology company that was just acquired by Facebook for $2 billion, has hired another Valve employee — this time, it’s developer Michael Abrash. Less than a month after recruiting former Valve engineer Atman Binstock, Oculus announced today that it is bringing on Abrash as its new chief scientist. Abrash previously… Read More

Atman Binstock.

Oculus VR opening Seattle R&D office, hires Valve veteran Atman Binstock

Oculus VR, the company behind the highly-anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, announced today it is opening up a new Oculus research and development office in Seattle. Heading up the new team is former Valve engineer Atman Binstock, who will be joining the company as its chief architect. Oculus is looking for “exceptional engineers to help research… Read More


Internet’s obsession with Gabe Newell comes through during Valve CEO’s Reddit Q&A

People on the Internet seem to be obsessed with Valve CEO Gabe Newell and that much was obvious during Newell’s Reddit Ask-Me-Anything session this afternoon. For example: One person said he hadn’t showered since meeting Newell in 2011 and taking a picture with him. “That’s a long time not to shower,” Newell responded. Another person… Read More


Game discounts: Steam will let developers launch their own sales, Valve confirms

When gamers talk about Valve’s Steam e-commerce platform, the conversation almost inevitably comes to sales. The company’s massive quarterly discount extravaganzas have become legendary for both their value and their ability to assist customers in parting with their money. Now, every day could be sale day on Steam. According to screenshots and images from the… Read More


This Valve engineer built a machine that makes perfect cookies

Ben Krasnow is no stranger to hacking. The Valve engineer has created X-rays with a vacuum tube, once built a hybrid rocket engine, and also combined avocados and high pressure nitrous oxide. Now he’s back with his latest creation: A cookie-making machine. “I’ve often wondered what makes a perfect cookie,” Krasnow says in the video below…. Read More


Coming to Valve’s Steam OS: Streaming TV and music

Valve is aiming to to add streaming media services to its Steam OS, including music and television content, according to tweets from developers attending Valve’s Steam Dev Days conference. That’s a big move for Valve, with the potential to make the forthcoming Steam Machine gaming computers more competitive with Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s Playstation product lines,… Read More


Valve’s Steam platform now has 75 million users

Today at its Steam Dev Days conference, Valve announced that its Steam video-game platform now has 75 million active accounts. Less than three months ago in October, Valve said that there were 65 million active accounts, which marked a 30 percent growth in 2013. Valve now has many more users on its Steam platform than Microsoft’s… Read More


Steam, Origin and others taken down in latest attacks against gaming services

Valve’s Steam platform, Activision Blizzard’s Battle.net and EA’s Origin storefront were all brought down last night by Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks — as an ongoing campaign by digital miscreants started earlier this week continued, leaving players and developers in the lurch. We've directed the Gaben Laser Beam™ @ the EA login servers. Origin #offline — DERP… Read More


Valve to launch Steam Machine prototypes and first run of its Steam OS this week

Bellevue-based gaming company Valve announced today that the 300 lucky testers for its prototype Steam Machine gaming console have already been informed via email that they’ll be receiving the new box, which will be leaving the manufacturer on Friday. Citing regulatory hurdles, the company said that prototypes will only be shipped out to testers in… Read More

Brendan Iribe

Oculus CEO: Gamers will be ‘blown away’ by Rift virtual reality, with help from Valve

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. –  A partnership with one of the Seattle region’s major players in gaming will be a key component in bringing a highly anticipated virtual reality experience to the masses. Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus VR, said today that a collaboration between Oculus and Bellevue-based Valve has been invaluable to creating a… Read More


Ex-Valve employees raising $400K on Kickstarter for augmented reality, 3D-projection glasses

Maybe Valve should have kept these two around. Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson today launched a Kickstarter to raise $400,000 for their projected augmented reality glasses that display interactive 3D images right in front of you. The castAR specs are unlike wearable virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift, which can only project images into your eye instead… Read More