Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More

Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and MoreSteam Dev Days is Valve’s developer convention that takes place in Seattle every two years. While no press was present at Steam Dev Days 2016, that hasn’t stopped information from trickling out.

The headline announcement was Steam Link – which lets you stream Steam games on your PC to your TV, will be integrated into Samsung’s upcoming TVs. A massive coup and a monumental indicator of PC gaming’s importance in the living room.

 

In addition to this, Valve is investing in VR companies, particularly one responsible for 60GHz wireless transfer technology. This could possibly be Quark VR, a company developing a Wireless Vive headset with Valve advising.

 

Furthermore, a new SteamVR controller is in development as are next-gen Lighthouse basestations. The former has no release window while the latter is expected in 2017. The company also reaffirmed Lighthouse tech being planned as open and standardised as Wi-Fi.

On the topic of VR, Valve claims 1,000 new VR users are on Steam every day. Which is odd considering both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift haven’t exactly sold as well as anticipated. Nonetheless, while Valve has no content announcements for Steam Dev Days, it claims to be working on something that should keep everyone happy.

 

“Although we’re not going to treat dev days this year as the place or the time to make big product announcements related to the content we have in development at Valve for virtual reality I do think that once it comes time to do that next year that nobody in this room is going to be disappointed about what we have in the works,” stated Valve’s Greg Coomer on a Periscope video. Could he possibly be alluding to the Half-Life VR game HTC’s leadership revealed and quickly apologised for?

Other points of note include Asia being the third largest market for Steam, growing almost 500 percent. Prior to the event, Valve noted in a prepared statement that Steam is home to over 10,000 games across Windows PC, Linux, Mac, and multiple VR systems.

 

VR appears to be the focal point for Steam Dev Days this year. While an admirable notion, it will be of interest to see if it ever reaches mainstream adoption given that the we’re just witnessing lower price points in terms of tech required. Whether the content is tailored for the platform or not could very well make or break Valve’s ambitions.

Flipkart Sale Big Billion Day 2016: Flipkart Offers Deals on Moto X Play, LeEco Le 2, Asus ZenFone 2, and More

Flipkart Sale Big Billion Day 2016: Flipkart Offers Deals on Moto X Play, LeEco Le 2, Asus ZenFone 2, and MoreFlipkart’s big sale begins on Sunday and it will go on till October 6, where the e-commerce giant will offer discounts, exchange offers and much more on varied range of products including smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets. The e-commerce giant had earlier offered a sneak peak of what customers can get as part of Flipkart offers starting Sunday.

 

Flipkart offers on smartphones
As part of the Flipkart Big Billion Day sale, there are many offers up for grabs, but the most notable ones include discounts on the Asus ZenFone 2, LeEco Le 2, LeEco Le 1s Eco, and Moto X Play. There’s a huge Rs. 10,000 discount on the Asus Zenfone 2, and the smarphone can be purchased for just Rs. 9,999 in the five-day sale period. The LeEco Le 2 will be sold for Rs. 10,499 instead of its original price of Rs. 11,999, and the LeEco Le 1s Eco gets a Rs. 2,000 discount and will be sold for Rs. 7,999.

Flipkart is also making its exchange offer applicable on the latter two smartphones, making it possible to avail an additional discount of up to Rs. 8,000 and Rs. 6,500 price cut respectively. The 16GB and 32GB Moto X Play smartphones can also be purchased at an additional discount of up to Rs. 4,500 using the Flipkart exchange offer. Check out the details here.

Flipkart offers on Apple Watch
The Apple Watch priced originally at Rs. 25,990, will be available at just Rs. 12,999 during the sale period. Check it out here.

Flipkart offers on Google Chromecast 2
Furthermore, Google Chromecast 2 will also be sold at a discounted price of Rs. 2,999, down from its original price of Rs. 3,399.
Flipkart offers on speakers
As part of the Flipkart Big Billion Days 2016 sale, the Altec Lansing speaker that can be purchased at just Rs. 4,999. The actual price of the speaker is Rs. 15,500. The JBL Flip 2 Speaker originally priced at Rs. 7,990, will be sold for just Rs. 3,999 during the sale period. Check out the details here.

Other Products
The Lenovo 10400mAh Power Bank is also up for grabs at just Rs. 799, which translates to Rs. 1,700 discount on the product. Bose headphones are also up for grabs at a 30 percent discount. There’s also a whopping Rs. 11,000 off on the Microsoft Xbox One 1TB variant, and the Honor T1 8GB tablet can be bought for just Rs. 3,999 during the sale period (actual price Rs. 6,999). Check out the details here.

Apart from electronics, fashion and garments section will offer at least 40 percent discount on clothes, footwear, watches, sunglasses, and other accessories for men and women as part of the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. Televisions from Vu and BPL Vivid start at Rs. 11,990, and come with the Flipkart exchange offer for further cut in prices.

Home electronics and appliances get discounts as well, the most notable being the Onida 6kg front-loading washing machine at Rs. 15,990. The original price of the washing machine is Rs. 22,990. The Prestige Air Fryer can also be bought during the Flipkart Big Billion Day sale at just Rs. 3,499 (original price at Rs. 6,995).

Its worth noting that Flipkart offers 10 percent instant discount to all SBI debit and credit card holders on all their purchases, and that’s valid during the Flipkart Sale Big Billion Day 2016. There might be a purchase limit cap for this instant discount to apply, but there’s no clarity on that yet. We strongly recommend users to register themselves on Flipkart and save their billing and card details for smooth and quick checkout. If tradition is anything to go by, the Big Billion Day sale will see huge traffic leading to instant product sell-outs, payment lags, and website glitches. We do hope that Flipkart has upped its game and has a glitch-free sale week this year.

Snapdeal Sale Offers: iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7 Edge, and More Unbox Diwali Sale Deals

Snapdeal Sale Offers: iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7 Edge, and More Unbox Diwali Sale DealsJust like Flipkart and Amazon, Snapdeal is putting all the time and energy behind its annual sale. Snapdeal’s Unbox Diwali Sale begins October 2 and will go on till October 6, the same as rival Flipkart. The Snapdeal sale offers great discounts and one-day deals on smartphones, tablets, and other electronics. The e-commerce giant is also giving away free prizes like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and the Le Max 2 to few buyers in this five-day sale.

Snapdeal has partnered with Citibank, wherein all Citi debit and credit card holders will get a 20 percent instant discount on purchases. There’s also a Bajaj Finserv no cost EMI plan for those looking to pay in instalments for any Snapdeal offers as part of the Unbox Diwali sale. This plan will eliminate the need to pay any down payment, or a processing fee.

 

As part of the Unbox Diwali Sale, Snapdeal will offer discounts on the iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Unlike Flipkart, Snapdeal hasn’t unveiled the temporary price cut that these smartphones will get just yet, but looking at how big these annual sales are, they will hopefully be worthy. Other products that will get discounts as part of Snapdeal’s sale offers include the Sony PlayStation 4 1TB variant, the Cannon EOS 1300D, and other home electronics and appliances.
Almost all the big electronics brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, Micromax, Apple, Lenovo, HP, Seagate, SanDisk, and LG are participating in the Snapdeal Unbox Diwali Sale. As the sale falls in a festive week, Snapdeal is hosting exclusive stores for Navratri and Diwali. There’s a separate lighting and puja store as well for buying products pertinent to religious ceremonies.

As mentioned, Snapdeal will give away prizes to buyers who purchase mobile accessories worth more than Rs. 750 during the sale offers week. Prizes worth Rs. 4 lakhs are up for grabs during the Unbox Diwali Sale, and the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and LeEco Max 2 are also included among the goodies. Furthermore, there is a guaranteed Rs. 100 off on prepaid orders above Rs. 750 from 9am to 9pm on sale days. As part of the Diwali sale, Snapdeal will amp up its Deals of the Day page and include more products with heavy discounts. This page includes products from all categories like electronics, garments, and home decor.

Check out all the Snapdeal Unbox Diwali Sale offers.