Steam non-gaming software store misses release date

The gaming industry has come to know the term "Valve Time" very well. Basically, it means that a release date that is offered up by game developer Valve should be taken with a grain of salt. It appears that "Valve Time" might have affected plans for the company to launch non-gaming software applications on its Steam download service.

A few weeks ago, Valve announced that non-gaming software would be available on Steam starting September 5th. That date has come and gone with no such launch, and there's been no comment from Valve about the reason for the delay. No new launch date has been offered either (we have sent an email to Valve but as of this writing have yet to get a response).

To be fair, Valve has been very busy lately with other parts of Steam. It revamped its Steam Community in August and later that month, it launched Steam Greenlight, a way for small game developers to rally public support for getting their games published on Steam. However, a lot of bogus games were posted on Steam Greenlight and Valve was forced to add a $100 registration fee (proceeds will go to the Child's Play charity).

Many people believe Valve is entering the non-gaming software distribution business as an answer to Microsoft's Windows 8 and its own downloadable Windows Store feature.

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Seriously, how does this even matter in actual reality? Valve would just be yet another source for software that you can already get from uncountable existing sources.

I would not care less about Non-gaming Software distribution. I dont even understand why i should be Windows 8 foult! It was known from the start that Win8 would have a Marketplace... ^^

Valve and Steam should stick with theyre games and nothing else. Software Distribution let the Big guys handle it...

Best regards

Val.

Valvaris said,
I would not care less about Non-gaming Software distribution. I dont even understand why i should be Windows 8 foult! It was known from the start that Win8 would have a Marketplace... ^^

Valve and Steam should stick with theyre games and nothing else. Software Distribution let the Big guys handle it...

Best regards

Val.

The windows Market place wouldn't be too bad if it was for Metro only apps, but Microsoft already have desktop software on there too. So, unless Microsoft let valve and others to list their own products (eve if it needs a 3rd party grouping) its not very fair.

As it stands, while consumers aren't having a choice removed, they are having favorable option (Microsoft's option) forced up on them. Before you go saying, but they're not forcing it, yes they are. The ONLY way to get metro apps is from the Microsoft Windows store, within that store you have to see what microsoft shows you. There is no option to opt out of viewing desktop or xbox 360 games.
Its blantant abuse of its market position.

sagum said,

The windows Market place wouldn't be too bad if it was for Metro only apps, but Microsoft already have desktop software on there too. So, unless Microsoft let valve and others to list their own products (eve if it needs a 3rd party grouping) its not very fair.

As it stands, while consumers aren't having a choice removed, they are having favorable option (Microsoft's option) forced up on them. Before you go saying, but they're not forcing it, yes they are. The ONLY way to get metro apps is from the Microsoft Windows store, within that store you have to see what microsoft shows you. There is no option to opt out of viewing desktop or xbox 360 games.
Its blantant abuse of its market position.

You can have your own Metro Style app store for distributing desktop software on Windows 8. There is already one in the Windows Store. It is a Wild Tangent app that lets users download desktop casual games.

Even the Xbox Games app is an "App Store" for Games. According to Microsoft, the Xbox Games app only uses public APIs and aren't using any special APIs that MS could use. Thus, there is NO REASON that Valve can't make a Metro Style Steam app.

What do you guys think?

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

You can have your own Metro Style app store for distributing desktop software on Windows 8. There is already one in the Windows Store. It is a Wild Tangent app that lets users download desktop casual games.

Even the Xbox Games app is an "App Store" for Games. According to Microsoft, the Xbox Games app only uses public APIs and aren't using any special APIs that MS could use. Thus, there is NO REASON that Valve can't make a Metro Style Steam app.

What do you guys think?

Metro applications are sandboxed. You can't use it as a steam store. Its been covered lots of times already. Unless Microsoft provide an API for the store that steam can access and use, we won't be seeing a steam metro client. Not only that, but near all the features that makes steam worth using (even with its DRM) still wouldn't be allowed via a metro app.

sagum said,

Metro applications are sandboxed. You can't use it as a steam store. Its been covered lots of times already. Unless Microsoft provide an API for the store that steam can access and use, we won't be seeing a steam metro client. Not only that, but near all the features that makes steam worth using (even with its DRM) still wouldn't be allowed via a metro app.

In Steam's case you could do this easily. Their service that downloads and launches the games is a protocol handler. You can communicate between the Metro app and the desktop service with URLs. steam://run/8230 will launch the free Sam & Max episode, installing it first if it's not local.

Everything including the DRM is handled by a Windows service, not the Steam client.

nohone said,
Perhaps if Gabe would quit whining about Win8, they could have been on time.

Thats what all devs do anyway. Maybe he should fix the steam overlay not working on my 6990 connected to two monitors with HDMI first and let someone more senior to take stage.

Riva said,

Thats what all devs do anyway. Maybe he should fix the steam overlay not working on my 6990 connected to two monitors with HDMI first and let someone more senior to take stage.


Yes, because it's all about what you want/need.

ahhell said,

Yes, because it's all about what you want/need.
Quit whining. He is saying that they should fix bug before expanding steam features that will add more bugs.

Dot Matrix said,
Somehow, someway, this is all Windows 8's fault. Time to switch to Linux, that'll fix everything!

Yeah, Valve are morally bankrupt for wanting to give users of other platforms a chance to play their games, and for doing what is best for their business rather than Microsoft's!

Javik said,

Yeah, Valve are morally bankrupt for wanting to give users of other platforms a chance to play their games, and for doing what is best for their business rather than Microsoft's!

In what dimension does slamming a platform with 90% market share for one with less than 1% make sense?