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    Default Software is now available on Steam

    As expected, Valve today started selling software on Steam, moving its online store catalog beyond just games. If you can’t wait to see what’s out there, the link you want is store.steampowered.com/software.

    You may be a little disappointed, however, as there are currently just seven apps available, though we’re sure more will be added soon enough (just don’t hold your breath waiting):

    • GameMaker: Studio
    • 3D-Coat
    • ArtRage Studio Pro
    • 3DMark Vantage
    • 3DMark 11
    • CameraBag 2
    • Source Filmmaker


    As you can see, all of the apps are already being discounted (except for the free one, of course) by 10 percent. The most expensive piece of software for Windows will set you back $89.10.

    That’s right; so far all the software is only available for Windows, although Valve also has plans to offer Mac options. Furthermore, many of the apps will feature Steamworks integraton, including features such as automatic updating and Steam Cloud saves that let you save your work so that your files and software state go with you, or at least wherever you have Steam installed.

    Valve first announced plans to move into the non-game software world back in August. Some suggested that the reveal would mean game developers would be able to use Steam for building games from start to finish: starting with the development and design software all the way to the actual distribution of the final product.

    The software above suggests this is indeed the case, yet we’re sure as the list of apps grows, it will soon become clear that Valve wants to use Steam to offer all types of software, for all types of users. Right now Valve has beat Microsoft to the punch as Windows 8, and the included app store, ships on October 26. Once Mac software arrives, Valve will also have to compete with Apple’s Mac App Store.
    Source: Valve Adds Software to Steam

    What do you guys think about this? I confess it surprised me, but after the initial shock it seems to me that it's the logical next step for Steam to take, taking in account its success in the virtual market - mostly thanks to its attractive prices, including discounts, and reliable, easy to use and quick service.

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    Default Re: Software is now available on Steam

    Seems like a nice,easy way to get some software for your computer. I don't know much about Steam, but it seems like a great idea. Glad to see they will eventually add Mac options.

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