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Posts tagged “Steam Machines”

Steam Machines “aren’t exactly flying off the shelves” but Valve are sticking with Linux

Steam Machines went nowhere, Valve have basically said (I'm paraphrasing a touch), but nah, don't sweat it, they are still committed to improving gaming on Linux. After shuffling Steam Machines deeper into the labyrinth of Steam's website menus, and the ensuing cybersquawking over Valve having done a thing, they've reflected a little on their PC branding partnership and the Linux-based SteamOS beneath it. "Given that…

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Feature: Full Steam Ahead (I'm Fired)

Hands On With Valve’s Hardware Bonanza

Sitting down with Valve's Eric Johnson this morning, one thing seemed to become increasingly clear. Valve, a studio that has arguably been pretty quiet of late (not least with the failure to ship Steam Machines in 2014), is coming to life again. With a slew of announcements at this year's GDC, the HTC-tech-incorporating VR Vive, a proper announcement of Source 2, in-home streaming tech in…

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Gabenship Down: Steam Controller Delayed To 2015

Calm your consoles. Give your Blu-ray/DVD/VHS (???) a soothing pat. Tell your ottoman it can stop whimpering in the closest. Your living room is safe - for now. Valve's takeover plans have been pushed back to next year, as steady Steam Machine testing progress has revealed just how far the little Linux box/controller that could still has left to go. The controller won't be out…

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Alienware: Steam Machine Will Be Our ‘Least Profitable’ Ever

I find it interesting how Valve both is and isn't investing a lot of time and precious, precious GabeNcoins into its Steam Machine initiative. On one hand, this is the PC juggernaut's plan to bull-rush through the living room's console-lined walls and play jump rope with the entrails of enemies within, but on the other Valve is hedging its bets as cautiously as possible. It's…

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Huh: Alienware Steam Machines Can Be Upgraded After All

Remember when Alienware said you won't be able to upgrade or customize its Steam Machine just a few days ago? Yeah, well it didn't really┬ámean that. Not entirely, anyway. Dell's mighty squad of moon men have explained that you'll technically be able to worm around in its pristine innards - for instance, by cracking its shell with a large mallet - but don't expect to…

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Feature: The Alienware Problem

Why Early Steam Machines Need To Be Upgradable

Steam Machines might be Valve's answer to consoles, but that doesn't mean they play by the same rules as Sony and Microsoft's increasingly indistinguishable boxes. Linux is an open platform and Steam is constantly evolving. I do not think it's unreasonable, then, to expect elements of PC gaming to creep into Steam Machine hardware as well. Just, uh, maybe don't get your hopes up for…

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About Face (Buttons): Steam Controller Overhauled

Steam, monopolizing all the news? What are you talking about? STEAM IS THE NEWS. The two have become one, a pulsating mutant announcement machine - or announcemutant for short. The latest and greatest? Word from Steam Dev Days is that Valve's revealed the first big overhaul of its (somewhat finicky) beta controller. Say goodbye to that touch screen that never actually saw the light of…

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Feature: Communication Breakdown?

Valve Talks SteamOS And Diretide, Defends Communication

Valve is a strange company. The mega-dev has always paddled against the inundating current of conventional wisdom, but it gets especially odd when it defies its own internal logic. Oh yeah, also infuriating. As we've observed on multiple occasions, the house that Newell built is often extremely open, responsive, and communicative... except when it's really, really not. Half-Life 3, a recent bout of (still-unexplained) layoffs,…

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Feature: Valve VR? Yes. Half-Life 3 Exclusive? No

So Then, Why Should You Buy A Steam Machine?

Yes, that's right: You. That is who this article is for. Absolutely, positively nobody else. And by that, I of course mean Yousef Johnson, the world's most average PC gaming enthusiast. He spends much of his leisure time playing on his own custom-built PC, largely by way of Steam. According to Valve, You (and perhaps by extension, also you) are who the initial line of…

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Feature: Canaries In The Coal Mine

Why Valve Isn’t Releasing Its Own Steam Machine… For Now

And poof, just like that, there were a hundred-billion Steam Machines. Or, well, maybe not quite that many, but a lot - ranging in price from reasonable to WHAT HOW YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING. But while Valve's CES catwalk was littered with sparkling boxes from every manufacturer under the sun, one was missing: Valve's own. It was powering demos off in the background, but…

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Feature: Not Exactly A Hoot

Watch Us Critique Valve’s Steam Controller

Valve's robot owl Steam controller has been the talk of the town since the town learned to talk, but talk is cheap. While attending Valve's recent CES Steam Machine event, I realized I had light and a camera, so it was time for action. Go below to watch me comment on (and gripe about) a beta Steam controller's many, er, eccentric ins and outs while…

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Valve Announce Steam Machines With Specs And Prices

The Consumer Electronics Show is happening in Las Vegas right now, which is a lot like E3 but full of televisions and Michael Bay instead of videogames. There is at least one thing there of interest to us, though: Valve have been revealing the first concrete details of their Steam Machine partners, including the 14 manufacturers currently making them and the specs and prices of…

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SteamOS Is Out! Don’t Download It Yet

Last week, Valve sent out the first 300 prototypes of their Steam Machines. That's exciting, but unless you were one of the few randomly chosen, you can't get involved. They also released the first version of their SteamOS for everyone to download, which is exciting but you should not get involved. Even Valve don't think so.

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Ships Ahoy: Beta Steam Machines, SteamOS Out Friday

You there! Yes, you, with the hair, the shirt, and the microscopically minuscule pimple behind your left nostril that nobody - not even you - knows about. You could well be mere days away from receiving your very own Steam Machine. If you live in the US and signed up for Valve's first round of testing, I would advise that you check your inbox now,…

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Valve Shows Off Steam Hardware, Promises No Exclusives

Lookit! A box! Isn't that just the most exciting thing? The Internet is, of course, in a tizzy over Valve's big reveal of a Steam Machine prototype, and - yep - it sure looks like one of them newfangled VCRs that can play those dang dern gametapes we never stop talking about. The bigger news, however, is that you need not worry about being required…

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