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SteamOS launches Friday for DIY gamers

SteamOS launches Friday for DIY gamers

Gamers that have been waiting to get their hands on the new gaming OS from Valve called SteamOS will be able to get their hands on the software this week. Valve has announced the first version of SteamOS will land Friday. Along with the announcement of the SteamOS launching, Valve has also announced some details on its prototype Steam Machines and Steam controller.

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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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iBuyPower Steam Machine prototype unveiled, will be showcased at CES 2014

iBuyPower Steam Machine prototype unveiled, will be showcased at CES 2014

iBuyPower, maker of the Revolt we reviewed earlier this year, has revealed its Steam Machine, a white rectangular box that slightly resembles an Xbox One and runs the newly introduced SteamOS. The box will be available in a couple different iterations to meet personal design styles, and will have a price comparable to other gaming consoles at $499 USD.

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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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SteamOS: gaming titans John D Carmack, Tim Sweeney, and Johan Andersson react

SteamOS: gaming titans John D Carmack, Tim Sweeney, and Johan Andersson react

This week the folks at NVIDIA have put three of history's biggest names in gaming development on stage together, and one of the key questions put to them right off the bat stuck in Valve's SteamOS. John D Carmack, co-founder of id Software and CTO at Oculus VR (with the Oculus Rift), Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, and Johan Andersson, Technical Director of Frostbite at EA DICE have spoke up on how they perceive not only Valve's newest push for Steam Machines and SteamOS, but in the original release of Steam as well - back when each of their gaming companies had to react to it in the first place.

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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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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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Steam Machines to sport AMD Graphics Next Year

Steam Machines to sport AMD Graphics Next Year

When Valve revealed the specs for its Steam Machine prototypes last week, the name of one major chip manufacturer was absent, which undoubtedly led to many a speculation and discussion over the Internet. It seems, however, that such musings may have been premature as Valve is now confirming that come 2014, Steam Machines will also be running on chips from AMD.

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Valve Steam Dev Days brings developers to Seattle in January

Valve Steam Dev Days brings developers to Seattle in January

This January we'll be seeing another major gaming event the likes of which will be a lot closer to what we've seen in Apple's WWDC and Google I/O in years past. What we've got here is Steam Dev Days, a two-day event to be held in 2014 in Seattle Washington. This series of talks will center around the Steam gaming universe, likely hinging on the new SteamOS and Steam Machine hard and software most of all.

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NVIDIA details Steam Machine involvement further: GeForce GTX on point

NVIDIA details Steam Machine involvement further: GeForce GTX on point

As Valve vets 300 lucky gamers to test drive its prototype Steam Machines, NVIDIA PR manager Brian Burke and Valve Linux team member Mike Sartaina this weekend discussed how their two companies are working together to develop the best possible living room operating system at attractive price points. Although they have collaborating on everything from driver performance to controller lag reduction, Valve's key interest has been NVIDIA'S GeForce GTX series of GPUs (graphical processing units.)

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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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Half-Life 3 trademark filed for by Valve

Half-Life 3 trademark filed for by Valve

If they didn't have the lock on the name before today, Valve certainly does now: Half-Life 3 has been entered in to trademark application with the European Union's Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market, for real. For those of you unfamiliar with the title, Half-Life 3 is a game that's been long-awaited, having seen massive success in its 2nd generation release and seeing so much legendary suggestion behind its release that it in itself has become an event worth waiting for. We've had tips on Half-Life 3 flowing in for years, if you'd like to know, while only the very smallest cross-section of rumors come to fruition. This is one of those times.

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