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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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castAR augmented reality glasses switch to true VR with a clip

castAR augmented reality glasses switch to true VR with a clip

There's a team of creators out in the wild this week showing off a pair of augmented reality / virtual reality glasses called castAR, a pair of glasses that's set to make Star Wars a reality. The inspiration for this wearable piece of technology comes directly from the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, in a scene where the droids are playing a 3D chess game with Chewbacca. In this scene, the pieces for the chess game, (called a Djarik hologame, for you hardcore nerds), are standing projected above the board in 3D - this inspiration pushed the creators of castAR to make a pair of glasses that uses a mix of augmented reality and projection to make a whole new environment for the user.

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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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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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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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NVIDIA speaks on SteamOS, open-platform gaming, and validating SHIELD

NVIDIA speaks on SteamOS, open-platform gaming, and validating SHIELD

This week gaming company Valve made public a new operating system based on their game collection and environment: SteamOS. As Steam continues to be a central part of the gaming community here in 2013, dominating the world of digital distribution of games the world over, SlashGear took the opportunity to speak with one of the biggest names in gaming-aimed hardware about the subject: NVIDIA. As it turns out, NVIDIA has been hard at work behind the scenes with engineers onsite at Valve to optimize SteamOS from the start.

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Steam Machines: in 2014, Valve outmodes Xbox One and PS4

Steam Machines: in 2014, Valve outmodes Xbox One and PS4

SteamOS is on the horizon - an operating system based in Linux made to run on a variety of devices called Steam Machines. The gaming company known as Valve suggests that their Steam Machines will become "a powerful new category of living-room hardware", having been created by a wide variety of manufacturers and working with unique hardware made for all manner of prospective gamers. At the base is the Valve prototype - a Steam Machine optimized for the living room, for gaming, and for Steam.

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