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SteamOS: gaming titans John D Carmack, Tim Sweeney, and Johan Andersson react

SteamOS: gaming titans John D Carmack, Tim Sweeney, and Johan Andersson react

This week the folks at NVIDIA have put three of history's biggest names in gaming development on stage together, and one of the key questions put to them right off the bat stuck in Valve's SteamOS. John D Carmack, co-founder of id Software and CTO at Oculus VR (with the Oculus Rift), Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, and Johan Andersson, Technical Director of Frostbite at EA DICE have spoke up on how they perceive not only Valve's newest push for Steam Machines and SteamOS, but in the original release of Steam as well - back when each of their gaming companies had to react to it in the first place.

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SteamOS to have NVIDIA developer tools from day one

SteamOS to have NVIDIA developer tools from day one

This week the folks at NVIDIA have suggested that their developer program GameWorks will not be limited to the likes of Linux and Android - not by any stretch of the imagination. NVIDIA made clear that not only would they be extending GameWorks support - developer tools for games, that is - for Ubuntu environments, but for SteamOS as well. In other words - those gaming developers hoping to optimize their games for Steam Machines with NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards will be able to do so.

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Valve Steam Controller demo shows SteamOS peripheral at play

Valve Steam Controller demo shows SteamOS peripheral at play

Valve may not be shipping its Steam Machine gaming systems to early testers until later this year, but you can already see what the Steam Controller can do thanks to a demo of the prototype. The non-final hardware has a simple four-button pad where the eventual controller will have a color touchscreen, but you can certainly see how the twin touchpads hold up as analog stick alternatives.

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Portal short film “Survive!” filmed in YouTube Space

Portal short film “Survive!” filmed in YouTube Space

In Los Angeles, California, there's a film location called YouTube Space, one where users are able to rent the floor for free - just so long as the product heads to YouTube. Here we've got one of a wide variety of videos shot at this lovely location, presented here by Colin and Connor McGuire and centering in on the Valve video game series Portal. This story is part of a grand scheme which involves both the Portal video game and the tie-in comic "Portal 2: Lab Rat."

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Valve Steam Dev Days brings developers to Seattle in January

Valve Steam Dev Days brings developers to Seattle in January

This January we'll be seeing another major gaming event the likes of which will be a lot closer to what we've seen in Apple's WWDC and Google I/O in years past. What we've got here is Steam Dev Days, a two-day event to be held in 2014 in Seattle Washington. This series of talks will center around the Steam gaming universe, likely hinging on the new SteamOS and Steam Machine hard and software most of all.

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NVIDIA details Steam Machine involvement further: GeForce GTX on point

NVIDIA details Steam Machine involvement further: GeForce GTX on point

As Valve vets 300 lucky gamers to test drive its prototype Steam Machines, NVIDIA PR manager Brian Burke and Valve Linux team member Mike Sartaina this weekend discussed how their two companies are working together to develop the best possible living room operating system at attractive price points. Although they have collaborating on everything from driver performance to controller lag reduction, Valve's key interest has been NVIDIA'S GeForce GTX series of GPUs (graphical processing units.)

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Steam Machine prototypes detailed: limited, tiny, customizable

Steam Machine prototypes detailed: limited, tiny, customizable

To usher in SteamOS to the gaming universe, Valve has let it be known that a total of 300 prototype machines in the Steam Machine category of devices will be issued to gamers of all types. These prototype machines will be rolling out in a variety of configurations, each of them appearing with the same custom-made case. This case is a mere 12 inches wide, 12.4 inches deep, and 2.9 inches tall.

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PISTON Console FAQ brings slew of details ahead of pre-order shipments

PISTON Console FAQ brings slew of details ahead of pre-order shipments

Xi3's PISTON Console, something many have referred to as the first Steam Box, went up for pre-order in March. While details on the console have been given in bits and pieces over the months, Xi3 has published a large round of FAQ on its upcoming console, covering questions ranging from hardware to support and back again, also offering additional clarity on Steam Box claims and its relationship with Valve.

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Steam Controller revealed: the missing link for SteamOS

Steam Controller revealed: the missing link for SteamOS

The third of three binding announcements has been made this week surrounding Valve's big move toward living room gaming: SteamOS, Steam Machines, and now the Steam Controller. This machine is a next-generation solution to the relatively stagnant state of gaming controllers in the market today, working with two large trackpads, haptic feedback, and a touchscreen in the middle. There are a total of 16 buttons and/or pads on this single controller, and it'll be entirely wireless, too.

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