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8:09 AM on 03.17.2014

A new Gauntlet game is coming from the makers of Magicka

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...

Chris Carter


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5:00 PM on 02.03.2014

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

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 ...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 01.15.2014

Valve wants video and music services for SteamOS launch

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 ...

Alasdair Duncan

12:00 PM on 12.15.2013

Build your Steam Box today; Steam OS Beta now available

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...

Wesley Ruscher

12:45 PM on 12.11.2013

Steam Machines shipping to beta testers on Friday

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...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 12.05.2013

Valve joins the Linux Foundation

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 ...

Joshua Derocher



First Steam Machine from iBuyPower will be $499 photo
First Steam Machine from iBuyPower will be $499
by Joshua Derocher

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, SteamOS, and a Steam Controller.

Don't run at me with torches ablaze, but it looks like this early Steam Machine will outperform the new consoles, at least from a raw power perspective. TFLOPS is a way to calculate how fast a computer is, and according to Anandtech the PlayStation 4 has 1.84 TFLOPS, the Xbox One has 1.23 TFLOPS, and The Tech Report has the R9 270, a $180 GPU, at 2.4 TFLOPS. With similar AMD multicore CPUs, the edge will go to the system with the better graphic processing and speed.

This is a lower price with better hardware than most people were expecting. Valve's own prototypes are all above this price point, so it's nice to see that the first third-party system will be very affordable. We'll learn more about the hardware of this box, and other Steam Machines, at CES in January.

iBuyPower's Steam Machine offers PC specs for the price of a new Xbox [The Verge]

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8:00 AM on 11.21.2013

Valve explains how its in-home streaming will work

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 ...

Joshua Derocher

10:30 AM on 11.11.2013

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

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...

Joshua Derocher

11:45 AM on 11.08.2013

Total War: Rome II coming out for SteamOS early 2014

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...

Joshua Derocher

9:30 AM on 11.07.2013

Steam Machine prototypes will include Metro: Last Light

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 ...

Joshua Derocher





2:30 PM on 11.04.2013

Valve promises it won't do SteamOS exclusives

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 ...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 10.15.2013

Here's what Steam's in-home streaming looks like

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, ...

Jordan Devore



Portal 2 and Civ V demoed with the Steam Controller photo
Portal 2 and Civ V demoed with the Steam Controller
by Jordan Devore

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 dual trackpads is bizarre. But this showcase of the controller comes across as strangely natural since it's in the hands of someone at Valve who's gotten comfortable with the input method.

There are more videos of the controller yet to come, and Valve is specifically asking for suggestions on what next to play. This video covers Portal 2, Civilization V, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Papers, Please. I agree with everyone who wants to see a platformer.

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3:45 PM on 10.10.2013

Steam Machines will feature AMD hardware next year

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...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 10.08.2013

Valve talks GPUs for its Steam Machines prototype

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...

Jordan Devore