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Steam Controller now backwards-compatible with diamonds and touch

Steam Controller now backwards-compatible with diamonds and touch

Just a single slide at this week's Steam DevDays was shown of the new Steam Controller for SteamOS, one which identified the chat earlier today on what would happen to its evolution. This image you'll be seeing shows how the controller will ditch the touchscreen in its center, first and foremost. As this controller works with two touchpads already - upper left and right - there was no real reason to have a touchpad in the center as well - and not enough reason, it seems, to have a display, either.

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Steam Machine OEMs: ready when you are, Valve

Steam Machine OEMs: ready when you are, Valve

This past week at CES 2014 we had the opportunity to have a chat with iBuyPower's Marketing Manager Ricky Lee on their first Steam Machine and the potential for Valve's SteamOS. With this operating system, users are meant to take the gaming PC into the living room to play like a major console - to compete with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, basically. Our first question was, of course - when do we get the chance to get our hands on this particular Steam Box from iBuyPower? As Lee explained: it's completely up to Valve.

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Full Steam Machine 2014 starting lineup detailed

Full Steam Machine 2014 starting lineup detailed

This week the folks at Valve have released information - basic information, that is - on their first full collection of Steam Machines from a variety of manufacturers. What we're seeing is one machine each from the following creators: Alienware, Alternate, CyberpowerPC, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, Next SPA, SCAN, Zotac, Webhallen, Materiel.net, Gigabyte, Maingear, and Digital Storm. While we've seen a couple of these machines revealed by their makers before, we've never seen the whole group at once.

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Xbox One launch events detailed: Macklemore and deadmau5 join in

Xbox One launch events detailed: Macklemore and deadmau5 join in

The Xbox One launch this Friday, Nov. 22 is slated to be a worldwide blowout party. Cities around the world will play host to the next-gen console's 12:01 AM release, starting in Auckland, New Zealand and working its way west to North America. Concerts, giveaways, gaming contests, costumes, and more will accompany the launch on a rolling basis. As of this posting, the crazy is scheduled to begin in just over three days.

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Xbox One zero-day update: mandatory internet

Xbox One zero-day update: mandatory internet

You'll need to download a software update for your Xbox One the day you get it in this month, so says Microsoft senior director of product management this week. Speaking with Engadget on the matter, Microsoft's Albert Penello suggested that even if you have a game or two on-hand for the Xbox One when you get the console in the mail or bring it home from the store, you'll be out of luck. You absolutely, positively, need to download the zero-day update.

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Xbox One first full demo shown in 12 minute video

Xbox One first full demo shown in 12 minute video

Microsoft isn't letting the first full demonstration of the Xbox One fall into the wrong hands. Similar to what we've seen with the first PlayStation 4 teardown - as done by Sony itself - Microsoft is keeping such a close hand on the Xbox One that they're doing the first full demo themselves. Here you'll find a demo filmed on the 1st of November with what's essentially the final software for launch of this system.

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Microsoft bestows Killer Instinct upon early Xbox One adopters

Microsoft bestows Killer Instinct upon early Xbox One adopters

This week a collection of Xbox Live Gold members are seeing bits and pieces of the next generation of the console with Xbox One-exclusive wares. One of the items up for grabs - for the most loyal of gamers - is the entirety of Killer Instinct for Xbox One unlocked. For those of you not following the release of Killer Instinct for this console: it's a free game anyway - this unlocking just allows you to play the full collection of characters without in-game purchases.

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Xbox One indie developers to get Unity add-on for free in 2014

Xbox One indie developers to get Unity add-on for free in 2014

With the commercial availability of the Xbox One fast approaching, Microsoft is quickly trying to cover all the bases, including supporting the people who will be populating its games store. Today, Microsoft has announced the fruits of a partnership with Unity that will give developers in its ID@Xbox program free access to the Xbox One add-on to popular game development middleware when it is released in 2014.

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