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Steam Hardware's early stock is sold out

November 10 release date for the rest
Jun 30
// Joe Parlock
Were you hoping to get your hands on one of those early release versions of the Steam Controller, the Steam Link, or a Steam Machine when they come out in October? Well bad news, they’re all sold out. If you pre-order t...
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How the Steam Controller works as a keyboard

I'm not yet convinced
Jun 05
// Laura Kate Dale
So, Valve has been singing the praises of its upcoming Steam Controller for a while now as the herald of a new golden age of couch friendly PC gaming. Outside of issues like precise mouse controls and button layouts, one of t...
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Steam In-Home Streaming is open for everyone

Providing you've got another computer in the house
May 21
// Alasdair Duncan
After a lengthy beta period, Steam's In-Home Streaming is now available for all users of Valve's digital platform. In case you've not being paying attention, the home streaming program allows you to stream a game from your de...

Don't worry, Valve isn't looking at your porn history

Gabe Newell address Valve's Anti-Cheat system
Feb 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Valve and the PC gaming savior Gabe Newell took to reddit to address the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system. Specifically, the CEO reassured Steam users that they are not accessing your browsing history. The company usually doesn'...

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Steam Machines

Valve wants video and music services for SteamOS launch

Those Steam Machines ain't just for games
Jan 15
// Alasdair Duncan
Games consoles became multimedia devices a long time ago and it's no surprise that Valve is planning to have video and music services available for its line of Steam Machines at launch. As you're no doubt aware the Steam Dev ...
DTOID News coming to you from an alleyway
Whoa, it's 2014! What do you know! Well, here's what we know: Sony has detailed PlayStation Now, the Gaikai streaming plan, Valve has showed off fourteen different Steam Boxes and Dale got to play with that funky new controll...


Maingear's Spark Steam Machine is tiny

No price listed yet, but it's small!
Jan 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Maingear's entry to the Steam Machine market is the small form factor Spark. The system weighs less than one pound, and is smaller than a DVD case. Dimension wise, it's 4.5” width, 4.23 depth, and 2.34” in height....

Steam Machine prices range from $499 to $6,000

Jan 06 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Alienware - TBA Alternate - $1339CPU: Intel Core i5 4570Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 760RAM: 16GBStorage:1TB SSHD CyberPowerPC - $499+CPU: AMD/Intel Core i5 CPUGraphics: AMD Radeon R9 270/Nvidia GTX 760RAM: 8GBStorage: 500GB Digital Storm Bolt II - $2,584CPU: Intel Core i7 4770KGraphics: GTX 780 TiRAM: 16GBStorage: 1TB HDD + 120 GB SSD Falcon Northwest - $1,799 - $6000CPU: customizableGraphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX TitanRAM: 8 to 16 GBStorage: up to 6 TB Gigabyte Brix Pro - TBACPU: Intel Core i7-4770RGraphics: Intel Iris Pro 5200RAM: 2 x 4GBStorage: 1TB SATA 6GB/SATA iBuyPower - $499+CPU: Quad core AMD or IntelGraphics: Radeon GCN GraphicsRAM: 8GBStorage: 500GB+ Maingear - TBACPU: TBAGraphics: TBARAM: TBAStorage: TBA - $1,098CPU: Intel Core i5 4440Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 760 OCRAM: 8GBStorage: 8 GB + 1 TB SSHD Origin PC Chronos - TBACPU: Intel Core i7 4770K (3.9 to 4.6 GHz)Graphics: 2 x 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX Titans Next SPA - TBACPU: Intel Core i5 Graphics: Nvidia GT 760RAM: 8GBStorage: 1TB Scan NC 10 - $1,090CPU: Intel Core i3 4000MGraphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 765MRAM: 8GBStorage: 500GB Webhallen - $1,499CPU: Intel Core i7Graphics: Nvidia GT 780RAM: 16GBStorage: 1TB SSHD Zotac - $599CPU: Intel Core (TBD) Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTXRAM: TBDStorage: TBD
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Prices and hardware specs detailed
Valve just revealed the full list of Steam Machine partners at their CES press conference today. All these PCs run the new SteamOS, and we have the prices for 12 of the 14 announced partner PCs along with some basic hardware ...


Alienware's new Steam Box looks goooooood

But we don't know what's in it yet
Jan 06
// Dale North
They're not talking price or specs yet, but they are showing off the tiny form factor of the Alienware Steam Box. This thing is gorgeous in person with its glossy finish and lighting. It's hand sized, with rubber footing and ...

Valve unveils 14 new Steam Box machines

The full list
Jan 06
// Dale North
We're at Valve's CES press conference tonight, where Gabe Newell just unveiled 13 Steam Boxes. They literally ripped the covers off of 13 under-lit pedestals where each of the new boxes are displayed for attending press. Make...

CyberPowerPC's customizable Steam Machine starts at $499

Two models starting at $499, $699
Jan 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Today is Steam Machine reveal day, and our latest look is at CyberPowerPC's line. Revealed at the Consumer Electronic Show 2014, the PC maker is going to have two customizable models available in the second half of 2014. Both...

A closer look at Digital Storm's Bolt II Steam Box

Jan 06 // Dale North
This little box is dense, packed full of goodies to make for one hell of a machine for gaming. This particular one sports an i7 4700, 16GB of ram, and Nvidia's GTX 780. This should run...well, whatever. This would be a little bit above the $1,500 price point.  A 240mm liquid cooler will support just about any CPU you can put in there, even with aggressive overclocking. It's cool but not noisy -- thank the big fans for that.  That skinny bar at the bottom is the power supply, available in both 500 and 700 watt configurations. That should support whatever you'd like to put in this box right now. Though the Bolt II is small and elegantly designed, you can still get in it and change out what you'd like. All the places marked "Removable" are just that, including the hard drive cage (2 full sized or 4 SSD drives), cooling system, and GPU bracket.  This box is vented everywhere -- sides, top, back, GPU, and more. Their custom fan control module will let you change all the fan speeds, monitor temperature, and even control LED lighting.  Laying horizontally, this thing looks like a nice fit for the living room. It's small, but there are no compromises to worry about as far as performance is concerned. It will come in black or white, but custom colors and even a cool carbon fiber look will be available for full customization. Yes, you can build your own box, or look for a cheaper solution. But the idea with the Bolt II is a premium product. Digital Storm has 4k gaming in mind. Their thinking is along the lines of: if PC gaming is really "master race" territory, why go sub par with a cheap box?   
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Mmm. Innards
Digital Storm showed us their newly announced Steam Machine this morning in a pre-CES meeting. Their Bolt II is small, sleek, premium option for those wanting to get into what Valve is putting down. This particular offering supports both Steam OS and Windows 8 to give you the best of both worlds.  Me likey.

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Steam Box

Digital Storm reveals Bolt II Steam Box hybrid PC

A small form factor and water-cooled too
Jan 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
We're going to be seeing a whole lot of Steam Box models over the next several months, I suspect, and here's another option to be considered. Digital Storm has announced today the Bolt II gaming PC, which will sport both Stea...

Steam Machine: 12 partners are making machines so far

Alienware listed among them
Jan 06
// Dale North
CES 2014 is the big coming out party for Valve's Steam Machines. I'm seeing one bright and early tomorrow morning here in Las Vegas, coming from Digital Storm. Later tomorrow evening I'll be attending Valve's press conference...
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Build your Steam Box today; Steam OS Beta now available

Valve's operating system for the Living Room is live
Dec 15
// Wesley Ruscher
Have you been holding out on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in lieu of building your very own PC answer to the home console, the Steam Machine? Well wait no further, as the Steam OS Beta is now freely available for human cons...
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It looks like a console
iBuyPower showed off a prototype for its first Steam Machine, which will be out next year for $499. The sexy white box will have a multicore AMD CPU, an AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card, a 500GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, S...

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Valve in-home Streaming

Valve explains how its in-home streaming will work

Play it on the big screen
Nov 21
// Joshua Derocher
On the Steam In-Home Streaming group, Valve shared a few pages of details on how its streaming setup will work. They started off by explaining what streaming is, and why you would want to use it: "Any two computers in a home ...
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Steam Streaming

You can sign up for Steam's In-Home Streaming beta now

The beta should start by the end of the year
Nov 11
// Joshua Derocher
If you have an interest in streaming your PC games to your TV, you can sign up to be in Steam's In-Home Streaming beta. All you have to do is join the Steam In-Home Streaming group, and Valve will pick some random people...
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Project Cars

Project Cars zooming onto next-gen and Steam OS

Zoom zoom zoom!
Nov 10
// Wesley Ruscher
Project CARS, the latest title from Need for Speed Shift developers Slightly Mad Studios, is now coming to both next generation consoles (PS4 and Xbox One) and Valve's Steam OS in 2014.  “Project CARS has always l...
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Last Light

Steam Machine prototypes will include Metro: Last Light

300 people will be really happy
Nov 07
// Joshua Derocher
Deep Silver have announced that Metro: Last Light will be included with the 300 Steam Machine prototypes that will be shipping to lucky people soon. Just the other day 4A Games released the game for Linux, and now it makes a ...

Valve's Steam Machine prototype looks like a cable box

But it's on the inside that counts
Nov 04
// Dale North
[Update: The Verge has some sexy box and controller shots as well as a hands-on for you to read over. Engadget also sticks their face inside the machine.] Look at these new pictures of Valve's Steam Machine prototypes. The Se...
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Here's what Steam's in-home streaming looks like

Feature is accessible but unusable right now
Oct 15
// Jordan Devore
The mischievous folks at SteamDB have managed to access Valve's upcoming "In-Home Streaming" feature for Steam that was talked about during the SteamOS announcement. It will allow users to play Windows and Mac games on, say, ...

Possible builds and prices for high-end Steam Machines

Oct 07 // Joshua Derocher
Low-end option: $802 Motherboard: ASROCK Motherboard $64.99Case: SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case ML03B (Black) $59.99CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 Dual-Core Processor 3.4 GHz $109.99GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 3GB GDDR5 $249.99RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB $156.88PSU: Rosewill 450W 80 PLUS GOLD $59.99Hard drive: Seagate Desktop 1 TB SSHD $99.99 Medium option: $920 Motherboard: AS Rock H87M Motherboard  $88.54Case: SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case ML03B (Black) $59.99CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 Quad-Core  3.2 GHZ $189.99GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX760 2GB GDDR5 $264.99RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB $156.88PSU: Rosewill 450W 80 PLUS GOLD $59.99Hard drive: Seagate Desktop 1 TB SSHD $99.99 High-end option: $1,420 Motherboard: AS Rock H87M Motherboard  $88.54Case: SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case ML03B (Black) $59.99CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 Quad-Core 3.4 GHZ $294.99GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX780 3GB GDDR5 384bit $659.95RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB $156.88PSU: Rosewill 450W 80 PLUS GOLD $59.99Hard drive: Seagate Desktop 1 TB SSHD $99.99 Extreme option: $1,760 Motherboard: AS Rock H87M Motherboard  $88.54Case: SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case ML03B (Black) $59.99CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 Quad-Core 3.4 GHZ $294.99GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB GDDR5 $999.99RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB $156.88PSU: Rosewill 450W 80 PLUS GOLD $59.99Hard drive: Seagate Desktop 1 TB SSHD $99.99 The medium option I put together sits right around $1,000, which is a good price range for anyone looking to get a solid gaming PC. It's my favorite out of the set, because the price is cheap enough to make it easily affordable, while it still offers some amazing performance.  Some of these parts are a bit odd, and they might not make perfect sense. A 450 watt PSU might seem to be under powered for the higher builds, but that's what Valve listed. The little media case is probably too small for good air-flow and the a Titan really won't fit inside of if, but once again it's the size that Valve listed. This is really to get an idea of how much the parts will cost, and not meant to be followed exactly to build your own system. I'm looking forward to seeing what Valve's lower-tier options look like, since those will be the ones that will be directly competing with the new consoles in the $400 to $500 price range. That can easily be achieved with performance similar to the low-end system I listed here if they use non-socketed parts, which means it wouldn't be upgradable but it would be easier to mass produce. I think the non-upgradable low-end boxes are a strong possibility, since with these high-end rigs Valve specifically said that they are "fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to."
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Let's build some PCs!
[Gabe of Thones header image crafted by commenter EmirSc] Valve revealed the specs for the high-end version of its Steam Machines, and they look impressive. Most of the parts were detailed, so it's easy to figure ou...

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Team Meat's Tommy R. previews the Steam controller

Serious discerning man
Sep 29
// Jonathan Holmes
[Photoshop by CJ Melendez] We've had a few goofs at the expense of Valve's newly announced controller, but that doesn't mean we're not willing to give it a fair shake. On one end, it's easy to take one look at it and say "No ...

Steam Machines are for people who already have PCs

Sep 27 // Joshua Derocher
SteamOS, which is based on Linux, will revolve around Steam Big Picture Mode. While Linux has become a lot easier to use and install in recent years, this is aimed at being a good entry point for people who don't want to enter lines of code to install programs. While Linux hasn't been associated with gaming in the past, it has been gaining a lot of ground with modern indie developers since Steam began supporting it. Steam has an ever-growing selection of games that run on Linux, and Valve's push with SteamOS will help the selection of available titles grow. Even if the native selection of titles isn't as big as Windows at the moment, the Steam Machines will have a feature that will allow you to stream games to them from another computer. So basically, my expensive gaming rig will be sitting upstairs in my office running Windows and doing all of the heavy lifting, and my little Steam box will be hooked up to the TV just streaming the game onto my big television. The ability to stream games to it -- along with sharing games with family members -- is the big selling point to me. I have a pretty beefy Steam library, and allowing my girlfriend and roommates access to it without having to re-buy the games on another system is fantastic. While we don't have a lot of details on the actual machines yet, the drawings used for the announcements show some of them being relatively small -- maybe Roku-like in size. Something the size of a Roku or an Ouya in the $100 price range would be a big contender for living-room space, and it would almost be a must-buy for anyone who relies on their PC for gaming. Speaking of the Ouya, that's who will take the biggest hit from these devices getting released. Microsoft and Sony will always have their core audiences who don't cross over into PC or indie gaming, but these new Android-based boxes are trying to grab a more casual audience looking to game in the living room for cheap, and that market will be stepped into by Valve. Android games may be cool on phones, but from what I hear most of them don't carry over well onto the big screen. Android's cousin Linux has a decent -- and growing -- amount of indie games available for it. Even without the ability to stream games, if the Steam boxes can run some basic indie games on a hundred-dollar device, it will be a contender in this market. Adding the streaming only makes it a killer device. Along the lines of little boxes like Ouyas and Rokus, one other thing that I think will have a huge impact on the success of Steam Machines is how they will handle media playback. Being able to run games is great, but these days any good device you hook up in your living room has to be able to play Netflix. Right now Linux can't play Netflix because of the dependence on Microsoft's Silverlight technology, but Netflix is beginning to transition to HTML 5 so in the near future we could easily see it running on SteamOS. Beyond being able to support media steaming, it will also need an interface that can be controlled with a gamepad to make it easy to operate from the couch. Ideally, I would put Netflix access right into Steam Big Picture mode. I'm sure the mega-brains at Valve are thinking of some solution to this problem. While to me the ideal price point for something like this is one- or two-hundred dollars, I can also easily imagine them rolling out something in the four- to six-hundred-dollar range, a rig that doesn't rely on another computer to play the big games. Right now is an awesome time to roll this stuff out too -- people are considering buying a PlayStation 4 for $399 or an Xbox One for $499. Valve could easily make something with similar hardware and performance for around the same price. I don't think a box like that would take away from the sales of consoles, but it would be neat to see it as an option for people who don't already have a gaming rig. It would do a lot for PC gaming to have a few standard options of machines to get with pre-configured hardware. Steam could show you simply if a game will run on your box or not, and people who don't understand any of the jargon used in system requirements would have a much easier time. It would essentially get rid of all the complicated bits and make a gateway to PC gaming. This doesn't take away from the complicated stuff for the nerds who want to get into the technical stuff (like me) -- it just adds more options, which is always a good thing. I was originally thinking that this thing would be great for certain games that I'd want to play with a controller -- something like Tomb Raider or Saints Row: The Third -- but the Steam Controller looks and sounds really exciting to me. Unsurprisingly, some people think it looks ugly. But I personally like the design. Regardless of what you think about the form factor, the functionality is pretty incredible. Being able to switch to a mouse and keyboard emulator mode is pretty sweet, and opens up the types of games you can play with it. The trackpads look infinitely better for gaming to me than using thumb sticks. It seems like a controller from the future, something designed specifically for PC gaming. I will definitely be getting one of these as soon as they become available. Valve's new hardware and operating system could appeal to any number of people, but to me the biggest audience will be PC gamers who also play in the living room. Right now, most of us have a console for the handful of titles we want to sit on the couch and play. This setup will replace that and be much better for us since we'll have access to our existing library of games. Being able to share our library with family is another awesome feature. If you have kids who want to sit at your PC and play your games, this will be a great way to let them do so without having to buy the games again as well as a console.
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Valve will rule our living rooms
Valve has been stepping up its game lately. For years the company has been dominating the PC gaming space, and now it wants to take a leap into your living room with Steam Machines, SteamOS, and the Steam Controller. Val...

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Valve teases Steam living-room news for next week

'The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014'
Sep 20
// Jordan Devore
Following Valve's Gabe Newell talking about the company's interest in bringing Linux to the living room, a teaser site has appeared. There are three announcements planned, according to Valve, with the first happening on Monda...
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Alienware Ubuntu PCs

Alienware selling its first Linux-based gaming PCs

Ubuntu for the cool kids
Apr 09
// Joshua Derocher
Alienware, the gaming side of Dell, has begun selling gaming rigs that come with Ubuntu pre-installed. These Windows-free machines start as low as $599, and they are actually decent builds for the money. The rigs sh...
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Steam box

Xi3 CEO says Valve asked him to build the Piston console

'So Gabe, it's up to you. The ball is in your court'
Mar 12
// Allistair Pinsof
Valve distanced themselves from Xi3's Piston via a public statement that came after an announcement that the Steam-ready console would cost $1,000. Now, Xi3's CEO says Valve asked him to build the Piston and that Gabe Newell ...
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Valve distances itself from Xi3 and the Piston

'No involvement in any product of theirs'
Mar 12
// Brett Makedonski
On the heels of the recent news that Xi3's Piston would cost $1,000, Valve has taken measures to disassociate itself from the unofficial Steam Box manufacturer. In a statement to Eurogamer, Doug Lombardi, the company's market...
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Steam Box

First Steam Box priced at $1,000

The future's gonna be expensive
Mar 11
// Brett Makedonski
The first living-room PC supported by Valve, the Piston by Xi3, has officially begun taking pre-orders. Judging by its price tag, decked-out Steam Boxes won't be cheap. The Piston will cost $1,000 at its base rate. It includ...

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