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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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Alienware Steam Machine release set for September

Alienware Steam Machine release set for September

Today the folks responsible for Dell's Alienware gaming hardware group have announced that they'll be releasing their Steam Machine in September. This mysterious announcement comes after other hardware manufacturers making Steam Machines have suggested they're still waiting for Valve to let them know when they'll be able to release their hardware - iBuyPower suggests specifically that they'd potentially be able to release as soon as February of this year if it weren't for waiting on Valve. Now Alienware says they're good to go.

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Steam Controllers 3rd party potential; “official” requirements

Steam Controllers 3rd party potential; “official” requirements

If you're planning on making your very own Steam Machine this upcoming inaugural release season and you're a manufacturer looking to sell this device to the public, there's one point of order you'll need to concentrate on first and foremost: the Steam Controller. Here Valve places one of the only hardware bits that they'd like to control implicitly. While Gabe Newell himself has suggested that they may be open to having other companies make odd versions of the Steam Controller in the future, the first wave will be made by Valve, and it'll be required for action.

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It’s Time for the Game Industry to Adopt a Controller Standard

It’s Time for the Game Industry to Adopt a Controller Standard

The time has come: the video game industry must finally come together to pick a single standard for game controllers that will work across platforms and easily handle gameplay on any device.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, a slew of companies showed off their own Steam Machines. That, coupled with the latest-generation consoles, the possibility of the Tegra K1 bringing yet more set-top boxes into the gaming space, and products like Ouya, sitting on store shelves, it becomes all the more apparent that we’re in gaming overload.

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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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Steam was down, it wasn’t just you

Steam was down, it wasn’t just you

If you've had a bit of trouble accessing Steam today, you weren't alone - but the service is back in action here in the early hours of the afternoon. Having suffered what's being suggested to have been a bit of a denial-of-service attack before noon on Friday, the 3rd of January, 2014, Valve's Steam is now back in full action. You'll see users drop off at right before noon, Central Time, according to Valve's own "Concurrent Steam Users" tracker.

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Valve Steam Machine gets iFixit teardown

Valve Steam Machine gets iFixit teardown

The folks at iFixit got their hands on one of the 300 Steam Machine consoles Valve has sent around, and as expected they cracked into its shell, finding out what lies beneath. They broke the console down in terms of components and priced all the parts at about $1300 USD, and from there it was a slow forray into the bowels of the next-generation gaming console.

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Steam Machines incoming: Beta testers, Digital Storm, Piixl, iBuyPower

Steam Machines incoming: Beta testers, Digital Storm, Piixl, iBuyPower

It's time for the Steam Machines to begin arriving, starting with the 300 lucky SteamOS beta participants which are being contacted as early as this afternoon. Straight from the source we've learned that those that've been in contact with Valve about the beta program and have been selected will be contacted at approximately 2PM PST tonight - that's just a few hours from the time this article is published! The whole lot will be shipped on December 13 - it's an early (or late, depending on what you celebrate) holiday surprise!

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