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New SteamOS

New SteamOS 'brewmaster' now available to download


Unless you're on AMD hardware
Jun 26
// Patrick Hancock
SteamOS, Valve's answer to Linux gaming, has been rather quiet recently. SteamOS is releasing later this year, and it looks like Valve just took the next big step towards achieving that goal. A brand new version of SteamOS, c...
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Valve

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...

Crookz brings 1970s style and swagger to heist gameplay

Nov 14 // Alessandro Fillari
Crookz (PC [Previewed], Mac, SteamOS)Developer: SkillTree StudiosPublisher: Kalypso MediaRelease Date: Q2 2015 Set in the 1970s, Crookz places you in charge of a group of thieves, grifters, burglars, and other sneaky individuals in order to break into secure locations that house loot and other treasures. As the trailer suggests, the people you're robbing are sleazy and shady folk that certainly have whats coming to them, and it's your job to ensure the cash moves from their pockets to yours. With each successful score, you expand your arsenal of gadgets and crew members, while taking on increasingly more difficult jobs that will test your skills as a pro robber. While most games follows the more action oriented approach to heists, Crookz takes a very different stab at it by turning it into a quasi puzzle-strategy experience. Instead of getting into massive shootouts and high-speed chances, seeking to emulate the infamous bank heist scene from Heat, you'll have to plan each move step-by-step and utilize your crew's strengths and weaknesses to covertly break into secure locations and procure valuable items and intel. [embed]283824:56325:0[/embed] Similar to a real-time-strategy experience, you can move your characters to specific points on the map, while using their abilities on the fly as you evade guards and avoid alarms. During our demo, we were taking part in a score at a private mansion, and it was loaded with guards and other traps. While it looked daunting at first, it was readily apparent what was required for the score. For every heist, you'll need the right people for the job. Before each mission, you can outfit them with various gadgets and augment their skills to facilitate the needs of the heist. With several characters classes, such as Runner, Tough Guy, Locksmith, Hacker, and of course Robot -- you'll have to learn the lay of the land and get a read on things to succeed. For the mansion job, the runner, tough guy, and locksmith were able to break into the site with ease and take out guards while making it to the loot. If you're unsure of what you need to do, you can take your time and go through each step to figure out the best course of action. But if you're an especially clever planner, than you can meticulously analysis the layout of the environment, guard routes, and security systems to plan out your heist step by step. If done right, you can watch as your crew methodically and expertly tackles the score as if you were witnessing a Rube Goldberg Machine at work with the style and grace of Ocean's Eleven. I found the style and presentation to Crookz to be very refreshing for the heist genre. The music and atmosphere evokes the hip and energetic style of caper films from the 1970s. The music in particular is very much exciting and smooth, the themes throughout the heists pull from influential period films such as Shaft or Deep Throat. In any event, it works well. It has style and swagger in spades, and it feels exciting to play through a heist game that manages to not take itself too seriously, while still looking cool as you pull off the score. Set for release Q2 2015, Crookz is very interesting blend of puzzle and strategy elements sent across the backdrop of 1970s heist thrillers. I'm quite the fan of the era, and the style it evokes is very refreshing to see. With over 20 different mission and some online challenges to tackle, it's very rare to see heist game like this, and I'm very much looking forward to checking more.
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Cleopatra Jones and the Funky Bunch
What happened to the style and cleverness that came from heist thrillers? I remember watching films like Ocean's Eleven and Thief, that had little to no action or shooting. But now, these high-pressure and tense moments just ...


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That new Gauntlet game is coming out on September 3


Free comic with pre-order
May 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Hey! Remember how there's a new Gauntlet happening and people were excited for it yet Warner Bros. is barely making a big deal about it? Well yeah it's still happening, set to arrive for just the PC/Steam on September 3. The ...
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Steam

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...
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Defense Grid 2 hands-on

Defense Grid 2 will welcome user-created content


And it's not hats!
Apr 17
// Patrick Hancock
Hidden Path Entertainment sure does know how to make some good videogames. Defense Grid and its expansion are a blast for any tower defense fan, but they've also done Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Age of Empires I...
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Later this year on PC and SteamOS
Warner Bros. Interactive has announced a brand new entry in the Gauntlet franchise, set to arrive on Steam later this year -- SteamOS and Steam Machines were specifically mentioned. Local and online play will be supported fo...

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Steam Music

Steam Music beta 'coming soon' to Big Picture, SteamOS


Listen to music in Steam while playing games
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
Steam's in-client support of music playback isn't a feature I'm dying to have, but it is one I will use on a near-daily basis. I'm ready for it. Valve says the beta release of Steam Music is coming soon -- first on Steam Big ...
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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 ...
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SteamOS

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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Valve

Steam Machines shipping to beta testers on Friday


The lucky 300 will be notified later today
Dec 11
// Jordan Devore
300 of Valve's prototype Steam Machines are going out to folks who signed up to participate in the beta. If your reaction to this news is to groan about how you never got an email, worry not -- those haven't gone out yet. Val...
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SteamOS

Valve joins the Linux Foundation


Linux is the future
Dec 05
// Joshua Derocher
Valve just joined the Linux Foundation, a non-profit group that focuses on the development of the open source operating system. Mike Sartain of Valve made the statement that “Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ...
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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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SteamOS games

Total War: Rome II coming out for SteamOS early 2014


It'll have Steam Controller support too
Nov 08
// Joshua Derocher
Valve and Creative Assembly are plotting to release Total War: Rome II on SteamOS and Linux early next year. Along with the port to Linux, they will add support for the Steam Controller. Rob Bartholomew, the brand direct...
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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 ...
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Valve

Valve promises it won't do SteamOS exclusives


Not that we'd expect them to
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
It wasn't long after Valve's Steam operating system was announced that talk of potential exclusives came pouring in. As wild as it would be to see something like Half-Life 3 restricted to the platform, it's not happening. No ...
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Steam

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, ...
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Valve's prototype gamepad in action
As predicted, my brain can't handle this demonstration of the Steam Controller. I'm so used to the current twin-stick form factor that imagining what it must feel like to have a mouse and keyboard emulated on a gamepad using...

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SteamOS

Steam Machines will feature AMD hardware next year


Commercially available systems will offer more choice
Oct 10
// Jordan Devore
Valve has assured that the upcoming line of Steam Machines won't exclusively feature Nvidia GPUs. Considering that multiple hardware manufacturers are involved with the initiative, that seems fairly obvious, but the tech spec...
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Steam Machines

Valve talks GPUs for its Steam Machines prototype


Nvidia is optimizing the GTX line for Linux
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
There's a lot of work left to be done before Valve's vision of a future where gaming moves away from Windows and thrives on Linux is fully realized. For the time being, however, we do have those high-end Steam Machine prototy...

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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Paradox

Paradox Development Studio is fully supporting SteamOS


'A great thing for PC gaming,' says Paradox CEO
Sep 27
// Jordan Devore
I've really come to appreciate Paradox Interactive's willingness to be frank. And its work on games that, while niche and not really my scene, are a welcome addition to the industry at large. The company is no stranger to sup...

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