Valve: Non-gaming software titles coming to Steam September 5

By Shawn Knight · 14 replies
Aug 8, 2012
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  1. Valve has announced that a set of non-gaming software titles will be hitting Steam next month. The new applications will range in category from creativity to productivity and will take advantage of popular Steamworks features such as easy installation, automatic……

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    good idea, just as long as gaming remains the focus...I would rather not have software splattering my screen unless I was specifically looking for it, but I like just browsing through games.
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,676   +991

    I love Steam for gaming and I know it's done wonders for PC gaming (which MS didn't care to do IMO). But at the same time I have to be against closed software ecosystems and stores where one or two parties control distribution as it is on mobile platforms.
  4. jeffz6

    jeffz6 TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Sounds like a good idea, Im for it.

    Now, if only they sort out a better browsing system.
  5. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    Broadening the horizon, kinky...
  6. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    I agree. I think that you should have to search for the software. I like opening up steam and seeing the homepage full of the newest/greatest games available.
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Midweek Madness:

    Now 50% off Spreadsheet Commando.

    Buy now and get a free pocket protector hat for TF2.

    Coming soon, scientific calculator DLC!
    dividebyzero likes this.
  8. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91


    That last sentence literally made me fall off my chair. Good one sir!
  9. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    ...followed by a tide of anger as people lose their calcs because their "always needed to be connected" internet connection drops out halfway through!
  10. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,384   +172

    I agree dividebyzero, having to launch software from Steam would be a major down side.
  11. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 162   +25

    Unless of course like most games on steam they have an offline mode.
    If Valve segregates the games and software correctly this could be quite good.
  12. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Oh, and lets not forget achievements. Gotta have achievements.

    Think of how much productivity would increase if your employees are trying to get that "Bill 10,000 customers" badge on their Steam profile.
  13. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    +1 LMAO
  14. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 578   +188

    Any guess's on when Valve will just turn steam into a operating system, I would be cool with that personally, especially if it remained free.
  15. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

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