According to the rumors, Battlefield 4 was a rushed out game by EA and DICE in a bid to beat Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts to the punch. The result was a fairly buggy game that led to EA’s SVP to announce that they could have done a better job. However it seems that it might be too little too late, as law firm Holzer Holzer & Fistel have announced that they will launch an investigation against EA over Battlefield 4, or to be more specific, to see if EA has “complied with federal securities laws” when the company was making statements during the course of development, and after the launch of the game itself.
The statement made by the law firm seems to, or at least wants to, represent the interests of the shareholders of EA, who might have suffered losses due to EA’s stock prices taking a dip due to the problems plaguing the game. It wasn’t too long ago that EA announced that they would be putting a halt to future Battlefield 4 DLCs until they resolved all the problems with the game at the moment, and while this is a good move by the company, it did not sit well with investors as stock prices of EA saw a drop of 7.3% following the announcement. At the moment this does not appear to be a lawsuit yet, but it could be one.
Earlier this year, Valve unveiled Steam Machines and its accompanying software, SteamOS, both of which would be Valve’s attempt to enter the living room space and compete with the likes of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo in the console wars. Valve expects the commercial Steam Machines to debut next year, but in the meantime they have announced that they will be shipping prototype Steam Machines to 300 selected beta participants, with the console and its accompanying accessories expected to leave the factory this coming Friday.
Now the good news is that if you weren’t selected to be a beta participant, you might be interested to learn that Valve will also be making the SteamOS available for download for everyone when the prototypes begin shipping out. However Valve cautions that this might not be for the faint hearted, or rather the inexperienced Linux user. “SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships. It will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs. (But unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out.)”
Either way if you’re interested in learning more about Valve’s living room efforts with the Steam Machines and SteamOS, Valve has promised that more information will be unveiled at CES come January 6th 2014, so check back with us then for the details.