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Gearbox TMs "Shift" - Has Steamy Plans?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office shows a trademark registration for the term "Shift" that was recently filed by Gearbox Software (thanks Kristian). From the looks of it, this is not for a game title, but rather a distribution network, with the implication that the developer is planning its own service in the style of Valve's Steam. Here's the description:

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer software for the management, transmission, storage and sharing of computer game programs and electronically stored information across computer networks

IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Software as a service (SAAS) services featuring software for the management, transmission, storage and sharing of computer game programs and electronically stored information across computer networks

14. Re: Gearbox TMs Jun 26, 2012, 12:31 theyarecomingforyou
Spektr wrote on Jun 26, 2012, 11:31:
Biggest problem is that my Hard disk is partitioned and I have to put all steam games in the same partition.
I want to be able to install my games wherever I want to.
I agree. Users should be able to change the install location for individual games, especially when SSDs are small and some users may want a small selection of games to be installed on one. My Steam folder is over 1.3TB and is constantly increasing, while the capacity of hard-drives has been very slow to increase - 4TB drives are only just coming to market.

That said, Windows 8 has a feature called Storage Spaces which allows you to pool your hard drives together and then create storage spaces (read: drives) from that. You can specify no resiliency (the equivalent of RAID-0) or two/three drive resiliency (the equivalent of RAID-1), the latter means that if a hard-drive fails you simply install another one and you won't lose any data. And if at any point you add extra drives then you can just increase the size of a storage space without any issues. It basically does away with the idea of physical drives.
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