With Steam, Valve’s had an app store since, well, since before they were really any app stores. The platform got off to a bumpy start, but it’s really come into its own, and is now generally regarded as the only decent place to buy PC games.
Still, Valve sees what’s coming – Windows 8 is the most locked down version of Windows yet, and coming with it is Microsoft’s new Windows Store. Valve wants a piece of that action.
To that end, the Steam Store has started carrying a number of new software titles. None of the new titles are games themselves, but most of them are gaming-related in some fashion – they were likely an easier sell to the dev houses than, say, remote desktop applications.
Here’s the current listing of software titles available on the new store:
|3D-Coat||3D-Coat is the one application that has all the tools you need to take your 3D idea from a block of digital clay all the way to a production-ready, fully textured organic or hard surface model. Key Features Voxel Sculpting. Start sculpting without restriction using voxel technology – no worries about topology. Painting With Layers.||$99.99|
|3DMark 11||Test your PC’s performance with 3DMark, the world’s most popular gaming benchmark and graphics test. Featuring six stunning real-time graphics and physics tests, 3DMark 11 is the industry standard performance test for DirectX 11 graphics cards and gaming PCs.||$19.99|
|3DMark Vantage||Test your PC’s performance with 3DMark, the world’s most popular gaming benchmark and graphics test. Featuring two stunning graphics tests and two CPU tests, 3DMark Vantage is the industry standard performance test for DirectX 10 graphics cards and gaming PCs.||$19.99|
|ArtRage 3 Studio Pro||ArtRage is a stylish, intuitive painting and drawing package that makes it easy to produce natural looking artwork on your computer. Its wide range of artistic tools lets you get right down to the creative process without forcing you to learn complex or technical controls. It’s like real paint without the mess!||$59.99|
|GameMarker: Studio||GameMaker: Studio™ Family of Products The GameMaker: Studio family of products caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally allowing them to create casual and social games for Steam Workshop, iOS, Android, desktop and the Web (HTML5) in record time and at a fraction of the cost!||varies|
|CameraBag 2||CameraBag 2 is a desktop photo app with a whole new approach to photos. Redesigned from the ground up, CameraBag 2’s Analog Engine pairs a full suite of photographic tools with the high quality filters and vintage simulations the series is already known for.||$14.99|
|Source Filmmaker||The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by us here at Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa.||Free|
It’s not the first time that Valve has offered titles on Steam that weren’t explicitly video games. Earlier, the company made a few pieces of software available to their customers – like the Source Filmmaker, which uses Valve’s Source engine and game sprites and artwork to create some pretty spectacular CGI movies with no real expertise required.
With Valve’s recent public efforts to port Valve and Source to Linux, and their already successful OS X efforts, it certainly makes one wonder just where they’ll be taking Steam over the next few years. Does a Linux-based Steam OS really seem that far out of the question? An all-purpose Steam Box, replacement for consoles and gaming PCs alike, suddenly doesn’t seem so far-fetched.