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Alienware X51 Ubuntu Linux compact gaming PC unveiled

Alienware X51 Ubuntu Linux compact gaming PC unveiled

If you're familiar with the Alienware X51, you know you've only had it available with Windows software out of the box until now - now you'll find Ubuntu leading up the show. This machine brings on a rather small form factor you can use to replace your gaming console - if you dare - a possibility made even more real now that Valve's Steam gaming interface works with Linux natively. You know good and well you've wanted to try it since that bit was announced.

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Steam to come pre-loaded on Razer Edge

Steam to come pre-loaded on Razer Edge

Though it's not entirely difficult to go ahead and download the software for yourself from your friendly internet browser window, gaming environment Steam will be coming to the Razer Edge gaming tablet built-in, right out of the box. This is a significant move by both the folks at Razer and the members of Valve that've agreed to push their Steam app to the hardware right out of the box as it's the first time said software will have done such a thing.

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Steam offers “Early Access” to developing games

Steam offers “Early Access” to developing games

Valve has just announced a new program in Steam called "Early Access". This allows gamers to purchase and play games that are still in development. It's like a beta mode where you test drive the game in its current state, and report bugs and give feedback to the game's developers. Valve believes this program will help developers form bonds with gamers as well as help them make better games.

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Oculus Rift signs on Team Fortress 2 as first game

Oculus Rift signs on Team Fortress 2 as first game

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset made a huge splash at CES back in January, and the team behind the extraordinary toy has been hard at work to bring it to the mainstream and make it available to the public. The first step in that process is to get games for it, and the company has announced that Valve's Team Fortress 2 will be the Oculus Rift's first game.

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Resident Evil 6 and Left 4 Dead 2 cross over headed to Steam

Resident Evil 6 and Left 4 Dead 2 cross over headed to Steam

Valve and Capcom got together to discuss the upcoming release of Resident Evil 6 for the PC come March 22nd. While they were getting into their excitement and discussions over the game, they had the brilliant idea of creating a Resident Evil 6/Left 4 Dead 2 crossover. The cross over would help revitalize Left 4 Dead 2, and it would bring some very interesting features to Resident Evil's game play.

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Xi3 clears the air on Valve and the Xi3 Piston

Xi3 clears the air on Valve and the Xi3 Piston

It's understandable how some confusion about Xi3 and the company's small Piston gaming computer came to be. Xi3 at announced that during CES that Valve had invested in the company. According to Jason A Sullivan, founder, president, and CEO of Xi3, the company had written permission from Valve to disclose that the game developer had invested in the company.

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Valve reportedly no longer involved with Xi3 Piston computer

Valve reportedly no longer involved with Xi3 Piston computer

One of the big stories from CES 2013 back in January was the low-key partnership between game developer Valve and modular computer maker Xi3. The two companies collaborated to make the Piston modular computer, also known as the "Steam Box." However, it looks like Valve backed out and is no longer associated with Xi3 or the Piston.

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Valve Steam Box prototypes pegged for Spring 2013

Valve Steam Box prototypes pegged for Spring 2013

It would appear that the Steam-powered gaming console will be available rather soon for developers and hardware partners alike. News has come down from Valve's Game Newell himself as he spoke with the BBC about the future of the company immediately before the start of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Games Awards. There he was also being awarded a lovely Academy Fellowship as well.

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Steam for Linux available now

Steam for Linux available now

Today Valve has announced that the Steam client for Linux is now available. The app is now available for download through the Ubuntu Software Center, and of course, as with all major announcements on Steam, the gaming service is holding a week-long sale on 50 Linux games for up to 75% off of their normal price.

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Valve reportedly laying off dozens of employees [UPDATE]

Valve reportedly laying off dozens of employees [UPDATE]

Yesterday, we reported that hardware hacker Jeri Ellsworth, who joined Valve in 2012, had been fired. She made the announcement via Twitter, but didn't provide any details about what had caused such an action. Now reports are rolling in that more than two dozen other Valve employees have been laid off, with nothing more than speculation about what is happening.

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Valve fires hardware hacker Jeri Ellsworth

Valve fires hardware hacker Jeri Ellsworth

Jeri Ellsworth, a hardware hacker from Seattle who was hired by Valve last year to work on game hardware, just announced on Twitter that she has been fired. No other information was offered, such as the reasons for her sudden departure or what she plans to do now, aside from "new exciting projects." Valve hasn't said anything about the decision, either.

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J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell in talks over Half-Life or Portal movie

J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell in talks over Half-Life or Portal movie

During the keynote at the 2013 DICE Summit today, director J.J. Abrams and Valve CEO Gabe Newell sat on stage and discussed storytelling in video games and movies. However, what started off as a friendly critique of each others' work ended with the announcement that they are in talks to make a movie together based on either the Half-Life or Portal series.

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