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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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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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Limelight attempts NVIDIA SHIELD PC game streaming on all devices

Limelight attempts NVIDIA SHIELD PC game streaming on all devices

At the moment you’ll find the folks behind the open-source project known as Limelight working on Android devices, attempting to make the PC streaming option for games through Valve’s Steam work with all devices, not just NVIDIA SHIELD. While we can’t imagine NVIDIA will be especially thrilled at the possibility that this high-powered ability will be reverse engineered so directly, here you’ll find the feature working with NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards only

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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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Dota 2 open to all as Valve strips away limitations

Dota 2 open to all as Valve strips away limitations

Those who have been waiting to play Dota 2 have reason to rejoice: Valve has stripped away all the restrictions, opening up the game anyone who wants to play. This follows months of queuing in order to gain access, which served a solid purpose -- allowing the playerbase to expand in a controlled fashion while tweaks were made -- but was frustrating nonetheless.

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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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