Steam Enters Beta Testing for New Version

"Social gaming platform Steam today went into an opt-in public beta for the introduction of its new version."

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Social gaming platform Steam today went into an opt-in public beta for the introduction of its new version. Open to all Steam users and gamers, the update brings significant upgrades to the core functionality of the gaming and social networking platform.

Developed by Valve, Steam is one of the most popular digital games distribution, multiplayer, and communications platforms currently available. It features more than 1000 highly popular games. Available as a free download to all users, Steam allows users to test and buy new games as they arrive, and in general keeps them updated about new happening in the gaming world. It also has a social network side which gives users the ability to create a network of friends for online gaming.

With the new version, Valve has brought an all new User Interface to Steam that enhances the way in which users buy and play games. The new version of Steam offers extended info on the most important aspects of gaming including methods of getting games, playing those games with friends, and staying up-to-date on happenings in the world of gaming.

As a gamer, you just need to log in to your game Library to find and track which of your friends are playing which game and then invite those friends to play or compete online. This functionality helps you decide whether you should buy a game by knowing whether your friends are playing it or not in advance. The store homepage lists all the games your friends have purchased to help you make an informed decision.

Gamers who already have Steam installed just need to follow this link and select “2010 UI Update” under Beta Participation. If you are new to Steam, you can sign up directly and download it for free.

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07-02-2010, 05:02:16

HI Guys

Since upgrading to Windows 7 Ultimate I keep having problems with my sound, its ok for a while, but then all of a sudden I have no sound at all, all the setting are correct and everything.

I have to restart my PC to get my sound back, probably does this everyday, and I can't thin of how to fix it.

My soundcard is :- Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro - and I have tried using the latest drivers, but still get the problem.

I have disabled the onboard sound (in Device Manager)

Any idea's guys


07-02-2010, 05:48:11

Have you tried it in a different computer?

07-02-2010, 06:45:33

I get the sound randomly cutting out every few hours problem on my pc too. Had it with the USB card built into my old Yamaha mixing desk so got rid of the desk and dropped £200 on a Focusrite Saffire pro 24 audio interface (firewire). Still got the problem although it occurs less often now.

Luckily for me most of my shiny studio gear has power switches, the problem fixes itself if I reboot the Saffire or even just pull out the firewire cable for a second. Have to restart firefox and itunes afterwards to get sound working in them but it's a lot less hassle than a full reboot.

I haven't really looked into the issue yet as to me it's only a minor annoyance, but i'd think that it's something wrong within Windows itself now I know that it's not just me having this weird issue. Hopefully MS know about this and can offer a solution soon.

07-02-2010, 07:35:28

I wouldn't count on microsoft

08-02-2010, 03:27:45

I have the same soundcard, and it's working fine for me under win7 x64.
Try disabling the onboard sound on BIOS level.

08-02-2010, 08:22:04

Just a quick update from me. Just spent half an hour on the phone to a guy from MS. Helpful but clueless. Ran disk cleanup and deleted my 2.26GB Temp folder though :D

Have you tried the card in a different slot Hayley? Could be an IRQ conflict but personally I think it's something to do with whatever MS replaced DirectSound with in 7. If you have a genuine copy of 7, try Microsofts online support, you may have better luck than I did!

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