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Valve's vision for the next chapter of PC gaming is to take it to the living room.
Arguably, the latter is the most important -- PC gamers tend to prefer a mouse and keyboard combination. While that combo allows for impressive accuracy, especially when playing a first-person shooter (FPS), it's also pretty unfriendly for a living room situation. … Read more
Valve has yet to select the users who will be receiving its Steam Machine prototypes later this year, but the Half Life creator announced Friday the highly anticipated hardware specs for the living room PC box. The initial verdict is that the prototype will be monstrously powerful, with hardware innards on par with those of a custom gaming PC setup that would go for well over $1,000, yet in a slim form factor.
"Valve didn't set out to create our own prototype hardware just for the sake of going it alone - we wanted to accomplish some specific design goals that in the past others weren't yet tackling," said Valve's Greg Coomer on the company's Steam Community forum. "One of them was to combine high-end power with a living-room-friendly form factor. Another was to help us test living-room scenarios on a box that's as open as possible." … Read more
Staring at the coffee maker as it performs its daily duty is a tradition long held not-so-dear to the precaffeinated; waiting for the coffee to finish brewing is no fun. However, that doesn't mean it has to be dull. Just because a traditional drip coffee maker hides the action behind an opaque filter holder doesn't mean that something exciting isn't happening behind the scenes, right?
Usually, it does mean just that. Hot water drips into ground coffee beans and out comes coffee. Bo-ring. Considering the lack of caffeine for the viewer, it is probably better to watch … Read more
Valve on Friday rounded out its vision for PC gaming in the living room with the Steam Controller. It's a specially designed wireless device with dual trackpads that are meant to translate the feel of a mouse and keyboard to a handheld controller geared toward big-screen playing.
"We realized early on that our goals required a new kind of input technology -- one that could bridge the gap from the desk to the living room without compromises. So we spent a year experimenting with new approaches to input," Valve said in a statement on its Web site. … Read more
On the heels of its SteamOS announcement, Valve has confirmed the existence of its living room PC hardware called Steam Machines. To test its early prototype, Valve is giving out 300 machines to eligible Steam users who apply for its beta test.
As for the final Steam Machines, "We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS," Valve says. So it's unclear whether or not the prototype … Read more
Game developer and digital distributor Valve has already seen massive success with its Steam portal -- so much so that it is wrapping that software up in its own Linux-based operating system, called SteamOS and designed for televisions. The goal: dethrone the home console kings in favor of a PC ecosystem.
"As we've been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we've come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself," Valve says on its official SteamOS page. "SteamOS combines the … Read more
Video games can cost a fortune, but if you're just a little patient, sometimes an opportunity comes around to obtain hot titles for next to nothing. For example, Amazon has a screaming deal going on the entire Bioshock trilogy -- Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite -- for only $19.99 until September 25.
According to Amazon, the deal slices 75 percent off retail pricing, which translates to $59.98 in savings. If you're not interested in buying all three games and would rather buy only Bioshock and Bioshock 2, Amazon has the duo at only $4.99.… Read more
The kitchen is one of the most upgradable rooms of the house, and Cuisinart would love for you to consider upgrading your toaster oven. The company's top offering, the sleek CSO-300 Combo Steam + Convection Oven, promises to bring the power of steam to your countertop, transforming your standard toaster oven into a more multidimensional cooking contraption. But that expanded functionality comes at a price -- $299, to be exact. If you think $299 is a lot to spend on a toaster oven, you'd be correct, but Cuisinart would argue that the CSO-300 isn't just a toaster oven, … Read more