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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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Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launches brought hacker frenzy, reports Kaspersky Lab

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launches brought hacker frenzy, reports Kaspersky Lab

The launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One brought about a frenzy to more than just the gamer front. According to Kaspersky Lab, coinciding with the consoles' respective launches, instances of cyber attacks skyrocketed as hackers sought -- and continue to seek -- to take advantage of the latest onslaught of gamers. The attacks aren't limited to just the latest consoles, however, with attacks increasing against PC gamers and such as well.

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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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PlayStation 4 sales broke record in November, reports NPD Group

PlayStation 4 sales broke record in November, reports NPD Group

The console wars are ones that know little bounds, and in them are all sorts of claims and proclamations. Sony fans have a reason to cheer, according to a report just released by NPD Group: the PlayStation 4 is reported as having the highest first-month sales number for any hardware platform. This goes for sales in November. Microsoft isn't entirely left out of the mix, however, with the report showing a close race in the weekly numbers.

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StarCraft 2 professional is first series gamer to be granted U.S. pro athlete visa

StarCraft 2 professional is first series gamer to be granted U.S. pro athlete visa

If you're a StarCraft 2 fan, it is likely you've heard of gamer Kim Dong Hwan, also known as Violet, who holds the title of professional gamer and now the distinct honor of being the first StarCraft player granted a traditional pro athlete visa in the United States. The news is said to have brought Hwan to tears, and is the second ever instance of gamers being recognized as athletes by the US.

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Fallout 4 leaked: documents lead to Boston

Fallout 4 leaked: documents lead to Boston

Earlier this week, a Fallout 4 teaser website surfaced, only to soon after be revealed as a hoax. Upon that foundation of disappointment comes a ray of hope, however: documents have leaked showing the game is both real and being developed at this moment, and by all accounts it seems it will be set in Boston. Casting documents for the project, codenamed Institute, have been confirmed as real.

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Bungie’s Destiny to launch September 9, 2014

Bungie’s Destiny to launch September 9, 2014

Bungie has announced the launch date for its much-anticipated Destiny, which is slated to arrive on September 9, 2014. The announcement was made today on the company's blog, where it waxed poetically about the game's origins and what it means in the grand scheme of things, as well as saying that it'll be using "every moment" up until the launch date to make sure the game meets expectations.

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Xbox Music gets Gracenote for cloud-based streaming

Xbox Music gets Gracenote for cloud-based streaming

Gracenote has announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring its service to Xbox Music users. Under the partnership, users will get a cloud-based solution for accessing their music across a variety of devices, opening up streaming possibilities regardless of location or device. In addition to the newly released Xbox One, Xbox 360 owners will also benefit from the technology.

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Xbox One developer functionality accessible, Microsoft issues warning

Xbox One developer functionality accessible, Microsoft issues warning

Earlier this year, Microsoft's Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten stated that that all Xbox One consoles will eventually be able to work for development, something promised to come along but not be available when the console first launched. Despite still not being available, some industrious Redditor has discovered how to access the functionality in the consoles at the moment, something that has prompted Microsoft to issue a warning.

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