Valve's "Steam Cloud" materializes

Valve Software has detailed new features that will soon be added to its Steam digital distribution platform

Valve announced at a Thursday press event Steam Cloud, a feature that will let Steam users access not only their Steam games from any computer (that feature is already available), but also "game-generated data" such as save games and configurations.

Steam Cloud will be rolled out first in existing Valve titles Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Counter-Strike will soon support the feature, and the upcoming Left4Dead will ship with it.

All of the data will be transferred to Steam's back-end once users connect to the service.

Other game-generated data that Valve intends to store includes deathcam screenshots for Team Fortress 2 and recordings of games.

Other "near-future" Steam additions that Valve revealed today include driver auto-updating, a system requirements-checker, new community calendar functions, "official" communities, localized pricing (i.e. not just USD), recommendations, a shopping cart and more payment methods.

Much more from Valve's press event can be found here.

Courtesy ofNext Gen

May 30, 2008

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