Steam Dev Days is happening, and despite the fact that press wasn’t invited, everyone has a thing or two to share with users. News are spreading so fast and here are highlights of today's events.
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Seems to be a trend within video games industry to keep innovations as super-secret projects, without giving users details about what has been going on in the world. Luckily, there are ways to find news and, of course, leaked information is always useful.
One of the upcoming features that has been heard at Steam Dev Days is that the company will add 12 new currencies to its online store. Australia, Canada, Norway, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Ukraine, Japan and Thailand will have their currencies represented in Valve’s store.
This information comes from Armin Ibrisagic, attending developer at Steam Dev Days, who took a photo of a slideshow presentation. Thanks to Armin, users from these 12 countries have something to look forward to. We are yet to find out whether prices will be scaled to each respective market, though judging by the current Steam pricing policy, those will be adapted.
Another interesting talks mentions that Steam Greenlight service will fade away. “Our goal is to make Greenlight go away,” said Gabe Newell. “Not because it’s not useful, but because we’re evolving.” OK, this is kind of a shock. How is this seen as evolution? Valve explained that an even friendlier platform will be introduced for smaller studios. The company aims to remove all the measures that are stopping indie developers from publishing their games on Steam.
Steam Controllers will evolve too. Valve’s new input device has been redesigned and doesn’t have touch screen anymore. On top of that, third-party companies will be able to create their own versions of the Steam Controller.
SteamOS exclusive games will not happen. Gabe said that the company won’t force exclusives and that new OS will get experiences that are unavailable anywhere else. If some titles become exclusive, it will be because developer wanted to make their game that way.
More news will follow as developers give the press information on what’s going on at Steam Dev Days.
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