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The 300 individuals selected for Valve's Steam Machines hardware beta program will receive one of Valve's fancy new controllers as well. Along with the controller announcement today, Valve specified how the beta program controller will differ from the final version. The controller will not include...

September 27th 2013 at 1:20pm 0 Comments
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Valve has revealed a new controller optimized for Steam and Steam Machines devices, concluding this week's string of announcements aimed at bridging the gap between PC gaming and the living room. The peripheral will support the full catalog of Steam games released to date, and will include legacy s...

September 27th 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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With two of Valve's three big "living room" announcements already in the books, there's a chance that the third one, due Friday, revolves around a controller for its SteamOS-based Steam Machines hardware. Among the hardware's beta program eligibility forms is an agreement all beta testers must abid...

September 25th 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Along with the announcement of its Steam Machines hardware today, Valve pulled back the curtains on a related beta program. The program will grant 300 lucky testers access to prototype hardware for free. In order to be eligible for the program, players must first join the Steam Universe community...

September 25th 2013 at 1:16pm 0 Comments
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Valve revealed the Steam Box today, under the name "Steam Machines." These boxes will come in multiple forms from different manufacturers in 2014, but all Steam Machines will run SteamOS. First, Valve is sending out 300 prototype boxes to Steam users, free, for testing purposes. See if you're eligi...

September 25th 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system built to stream Windows and Mac games, music, TV and movies from a computer to the big screen, along with native support for Linux games. SteamOS allows users to stream over their home networks and onto their TVs, "running on any living room machine." The n...

September 23rd 2013 at 1:05pm 0 Comments
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Valve has long touted the power of Linux as a gaming and networking platform, but at LinuxCon 2013 bossman Gabe Newell was really able to let his Linux love fly. He takes the crowd on a tour of gaming history, and how Valve is addressing the connected living room with the Steam Box and Steam Big...

September 17th 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Piston creator Xi3 issued a stark response this morning to Valve publicly distancing itself from the company. In a press release, Xi3 founder, president, and CEO Jason A. Sullivan reaffirmed the investment Xi3 received to build a device "specifically for Valve" earlier this year, before launching i...

March 13th 2013 at 7:45am 0 Comments
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Valve declared it's not working on any current projects with Piston creator Xi3. Speaking to Eurogamer, Valve's Doug Lombardi said his company "began some exploratory work with Xi3 last year, but currently has no involvement in any product of theirs."Alongside the Piston's reveal earlier this year,...

March 12th 2013 at 8:45am 0 Comments
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Xi3's Steam-focused PC "console," the Piston, is now available for pre-order, the company announced yesterday. The tiny, $999 box includes a 128 gig solid-state drive that can be upgraded to 512 gigs for an additional $750 (for real, SSDs aren't cheap, y'all), eight gigs of RAM and a 3.2 Ghz quad-c...

March 9th 2013 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Valve will give Steam Box prototypes to "customers" within the next three or four months, bossman Gabe Newell told the BBC. Newell didn't specify if these customers were developers, anyone in the gaming public or your cat, but he suggested that Valve is focused on the Steam Box's development."We're...

March 5th 2013 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft doesn't view Valve as a competitor in the console universe, Microsoft President of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick said during Microsoft's TechForum. Valve is "doing some innovative stuff," Mattrick says, but when it comes to direct competition, "no.""The scale of products...

March 5th 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments