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Strike Vector beta approaches: high-flying mega-structure indy battle action ahoy

Strike Vector beta approaches: high-flying mega-structure indy battle action ahoy

This week the folks behind the indy-produced aerial combat game Strike Vector have let it be known that an open beta is near ready for release for those that wish to test it. This game has flown under the radar - so to speak - since inception, having gained steam in the headline rings for the amazing feat that was its production primarily. The first 10 months of development were done by just 4 developers, then the follow 5 months saw 15 developers total - now we're about to see one of the most impressive planet-side flight battle games ever made - from the looks of it, at least.

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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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SteamOS beta now available for download

SteamOS beta now available for download

Following yesterday's promise, gamers who don't mind things a bit gritty can now head over to SteamDB and download the release of SteamOS. As anticipated, the release is a beta offering, and because of the operating system's Linux underpinning, it is recommended only those who are familiar with the OS opt to download. The download comes in at 960MB, and is currently unavailable due to traffic load.

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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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PS4 DualShock 4 compatibility testing hands-on: Steam to Android

PS4 DualShock 4 compatibility testing hands-on: Steam to Android

Just weeks before the release of the PlayStation 4 we're taking the time to dive in with the most important piece of equipment outside the console itself: the DualShock 4. This handheld wireless (or wired) device is made by Sony itself, returning to the market to re-claim the throne as the highest-quality controller on the planet. What we're doing this week is testing the device as it functions outside of the PlayStation 4 gaming console itself.

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Valve: No “exclusive killer” games for SteamOS

Valve: No “exclusive killer” games for SteamOS

Valve may be pushing its SteamOS platform for gaming-centric Steam machines, but the company won't be trying to "artificially" drive sales by making upcoming titles like much-anticipated Half-Life 3 exclusives. "That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam Machines" Valve's Anna Sweet confirmed to IGN when questioned about the possibility of future games being limited to the customized PCs. "Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platforms."

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Nether first person survival game hits Steam today

Nether first person survival game hits Steam today

If you're a fan of survival games, developer Phosphor Games has announced early open access via Steam to its new first-person survival game called Nether. The game is being discounted during the Steam Halloween Sale. Gamers who have pre-ordered the game previously will receive additional in game perks for being among the first to support the game.

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