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Greg Coomer

Valve Software shoots for the living room with Steam Machines

"We heard from customers for a long time that they really wanted to be able to port their experience of using Steam to the living room," said Greg Coomer, producer designer at Valve. "What that really means is they just love the games that are available on Steam, but they don't love the ...

At CES, gaming industry shows off promising gadgetry

Valve had heard from several of its customers that they were frustrated with current options and wanted a simpler way to play all their titles on the TV, said Greg Coomer, who works on Valve’s product design. “If others had been solving that problem, we would have been happy to sit ...

Valve Is Bringing Steam To Your TV Today. Watch Out, Consoles.

"We're confident in some things that customers want," Valve's Greg Coomer, head of the small team that designed and developed Big Picture mode, told me in his office. "They want a full-screen experience. They want to be in the living room. They want to use a game controller. They wanna ...

Steam's Big Picture Mode To Launch Beta This September

In an interview with GameTrailersTV, Valve's Greg Coomer said "In early September you'll be able to hop into a beta, click a button, and see Steam reformatted for your TV and usable with a PC game controller, or a mouse and keyboard if you want to play that way," Coomer added ...

Dell's Alienware to launch a Steam Machine in close partnership with Valve

Greg Coomer, a designer at Valve, told GamesBeat that the work with Alienware has focused on how to get Steam gamers into the living room by overcoming design challenges such as the user interface. That was how Valve came up with the Steam Controller, which is a very different kind of ...

Valve steps up its game, pushes beyond software

Valve employees, from left, Eric Hope, Anna Sweet, Greg Coomer and D.J. Powers hold a prototype of the company’s new Steam Machine high-end gaming computer. The first batch will be introduced soon with an open-source operating system Valve developed in-house. Eric Hope discusses Valve’s ...

Microsoft Xbox exec on Steam Box: selling console hardware "is a really tough business"

" In related news, Polygon chatted with Valve's Greg Coomer at CES 2012. He said that part of the reason for the company's push to launch a "Steam Box" came from Steam users themselves. He said, "They were already clearly playing games in the living room, they had all this stuff that ...

The DeanBeat: Does Valve know what it's doing with Steam Machines?

There was too much “friction” that was making life harder for Steam customers, said Valve Steam Machines designer Greg Coomer. If Microsoft went in this direction, it would just be following in the footsteps of Apple, which favors its iTunes App Store on mobile devices. Apple tolerates ...

Quick! Look! Gabe Newell Is Doing An AMA

Gabe and co. (he’s joined by Valve’s Erik Wolpaw, Erik Johnson, Ido Magal, and Greg Coomer) posted the AMA as, simply, “WeAreA videogame developer AUA!” Quick! Someone ask him when Half-Life 3 is going to be announced. Because no one has ever asked that. (We’ll keep an eye on the thread ...

This is Alienware's Steam Machine

"It's dramatically smaller than about everything else in the lineup," said Valve designer Greg Coomer, noting that there will be at least one machine that's smaller, but it will be far less powerful. Given that we don't know the specs, we'd take any comments about performance with a ...

Valve's SteamOS Now Available To Download; Linux Virgins Cautioned

While I’m no “intrepid Linux hacker” (the demographic targeted for this first release according to Valve’s Greg Coomer), I’ve installed and used everything from Red Hat Red Hat to SuSE to Ubuntu and can find my way around basic Terminal commands. Would any of my readers less acquainted ...

Steam Big Picture Mode takes over your big screen in September with beta

In an interview with GameTrailers TV, Valve's Greg Coomer announced that the beta version of the Steam Big Picture mode will arrive in September. He also revealed some details on the new interface catered to gamers that like to hook their PC up to their TVs and sit on a couch several ...

Valve's Gabe Newell did an Ask Me Anything

" If the company "could borrow an IP from another company to make a game for it," Newell would choose The Warriors, Greg Coomer would take Groundhog Day or Heathers, and Erik Wolpaw would go for God Hand or Saints Row. Can you dig it? ...

Everything Interesting Gabe Newell Said In His Reddit AMA

If you weren't following the AMA featuring Valve boss Gabe Newell (and some other Valve guys like Erik Wolpaw and Greg Coomer), then, here's all the good stuff you missed. Newell was answering a lot of questions, and did well to stick around for so long because, well, things got creepy ...

Valve confirms third-party Steam Controllers in the "longer term" at CES 2014

In an interview at day two of CES 2014, Valve Steam Machine designer Greg Coomer told PC Gamer that the first round of production for the controllers will come directly from Valve. "The current plan for launch is for the Steam Controller to be made by Valve under the Steam Hardware ...

Steam Box and Big Picture created due to Steam being “broken” without living room access

Steam was “broken” without access to users’ living rooms, according to Valve product designer Greg Coomer, which lead the developer to create Big Picture. Speaking with Polygon, Coomer said customers had been asking for access to their Steam games in more places in the house...

From subtle to shocking, Origin & Alienware are creating two very different Steam Machines

Valve’s Greg Coomer said SteamOS does at present provide a performance boost in some games over Windows, including Valve’s own titles and some others, like Metro: Last Light. But from my brief chat with Coomer, I got the impression that SteamOS will never be something that regular ...

Half-Life 3 or Other Games Won't Be Exclusive to SteamOS or Steam Machines

That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam machines.” This philosophy might extend over time to other areas of the gaming industry, according to Valve's Greg Coomer, who wants a constantly evolving experience. "We believe that, in ...

Valve is Working on "a Couple of Versions of Tools" to Simplify Steam Machine Choice for Consumers...

During the 'Steam Machines in 2014 - Opening up the Living Room' presentation made as part of the recent developer-only Steam Dev Days event in Seattle, Valve Software's Greg Coomer confirmed that the Steam platform holder is working on tools that aim to aid consumers in choosing the ...

Razer Announces Steam Integration For Edge Tablet

"The Razer Edge has more than enough power to play the latest and greatest Steam titles and it is completely built with PC gamers in mind," says Greg Coomer, product designer at Valve. "The tablet is a great way to experience everything Steam has to offer, including Big Picture mode. " ...

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