Xi3 Piston Is Not A Valve Steam Box Confirms Valve

Following on from the launch of Xi3’s Piston mini PC for $999 last week, Valve has now confirmed that the Xi3 Piston is not a Valve Steam Box, after all.

Valve’s Doug Lombardi explained and confirmed that Valve was not working on any current Valve Steam Box projects with Piston creator Xi3. Explaining that “Valve did begin some exploratory work with Xi3 last year, but currently has no involvement in any product of theirs.”

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DayZ Standalone Trailer Teases New Zombies And Health System (video)

If you are looking forward to the launch of the new DayZ standalone zombie shooter game, you are sure to be interested in this new 20 minute development video which teases a few of the games new features, including a new health system.

Other new features within the latest DayZ standalone trailer anew zombie AI pathfinding features that has not only has this changed the role, threat, and speed of the zombies, but also performance improvements within the game. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.

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Black Ops 2 Micro Items In-Game Purchases Feature Launches

Tomorrow Activision will be launching their new Black Ops 2 Micro Items, which have been created to provide Black Ops 2 gamers with new optional in-game purchases which will offer players customisation and luxury additions their kit bag.

The new Black Ops 2 Micro Items consist of a number of different packs including Personalisation Packs, Extra Slots Pack and Flags of the World Calling Card Packs.

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SimCity Crashes Down 92%, “All-Clear” Coming Soon

SimCity’s launch foibles will soon be passing into legend, as the game’s downtime seems to be quickly approaching normalcy. Progress was achieved with a combination of additional servers and optimisation, arguably something that should have occurred before the game’s launch, but water under the bridge. Players don’t seem to mind though, as the game is reportedly seeing strong numbers.

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Zynga Says Original Game Debate “Vastly Overblown”

Zynga’s Dan Porter has weighed in on the issue of originality in games – he doesn’t think it’s that big a deal. At least nowhere near as important as “running games as a service”. Game cloning has been an increasingly visible and debated issue, with Zynga at the forefront after it released Dream Heights, an almost carbon copy of NimbleBit’s Tiny Tower.

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Oculus Rift Support Maybe Arriving For Frostbite Games Engine

It has been revealed that EA And DICE are currently investigating how the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset can be incorporated into their Frostbite games engine.

Recently the Frostbite 2 game’s engine was used by DICE to create the awesome Battlefield 3 game, and now the developer is seeking a master thesis student to help with the development of Oculus Rift virtual reality support within their Frostbite 2 games engine.

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