Valve http://www.stuff.tv/valve/features en-GB Valve's Steam Controller delayed to 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/valve/valves-steam-controller-delayed-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tweaks to the controller have pushed back its release – and Valve&#039;s Steam Machines could be affected by delays, too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Controller" alt="Valve Steam Controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Steam-Controller.jpg?1401343348" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning to get on board Valve&#39;s next-gen gaming PC revolution?</p> <p>Looks like you&#39;ll have to wait a little longer. Valve has <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse#announcements/detail/1820891223906967821" target="_blank">announced</a> that it&#39;s currently making improvements to its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/controller/how-valve-built-controller-future/feature" target="_blank">Steam Controller</a>, based on feedback from playtesters &ndash; but those improvements mean that &quot;we&#39;re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.&quot;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve/valves-steam-controller-delayed-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/valve/valves-steam-controller-delayed-2015/news#comments Gaming PC SteamOS Valve Wed, 28 May 2014 12:05:27 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438030 at http://www.stuff.tv EXCLUSIVE: 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff spent some exclusive hands-on time with (nearly) all of the Steam Machines - and we thought you might like to take a look too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Steam-Boxes-12-group-shot.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Of all the boxes that have turned up in the Stuff stockroom, the one that piqued the most interest was the&nbsp;big flight case from Valve.</p> <p>At six feet long and deep enough to hold two bodies (probably - we didn&#39;t actually try), it looked like it had trundled straight out of the giant facility at the end of <em>Raiders of the Lost Ark</em>. It even had an Aperture Science logo on one side.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A STEAMY WHATNOW? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OK, in case you&rsquo;re not familiar with Steam: it&rsquo;s a platform where you can buy and play PC games online. Think of it as being like Xbox Live, only bigger &ndash; Steam has more than 65 million active users.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s run by the world&rsquo;s most enigmatic games company, Valve, which has also made some of the most influential and popular titles in gaming history, among them the <em>Half-Life</em> and <em>Portal</em> series.</p> <p>A Steam Machine is a gaming PC built to run Steam on your TV rather than your desktop, so most of them are quiet and small, like consoles. And, also like consoles, they all work with a gamepad &ndash; a futuristic new gamepad that Valve has spent the last few years designing.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle" alt="EXCLUSIVE: 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/group-angle.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LET’S HAVE A GO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In case you hadn&rsquo;t guessed, we&rsquo;re slightly excited about what Steam Machines will do for gaming. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-headquarters-coolest-office-world/feature">We&rsquo;ve been to Valve&rsquo;s offices for a poke around</a>, we&rsquo;ve fiddled with prototypes, we&rsquo;ve interviewed the people making this truly next-gen gaming project happen, and we&rsquo;ve shot every one of these Steam Machines in 360&deg;, so you can zoom, twirl and twiddle them while taking a sniff under the hood.</p> <p>You smell that? That&rsquo;s the smell of the future. Or maybe it&rsquo;s coolant.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review">Valve Steam Machines preview - everything you need to know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle" alt="EXCLUSIVE: 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/group-front-angle.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Origin PC Chronos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for</strong>&nbsp;<strong><em>raw, unadulterated, screen-melting power</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/UltimateConstantAdmiralbutterfly" width="567"></iframe><br /><strong><a href="http://gfycat.com/ultimateconstantadmiralbutterfly" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />The impossible-to-miss glowing logos on Origin&rsquo;s big black box make no effort to hide what OS it&rsquo;s running.&nbsp;The Chronos is just about small enough to slide into the average lounge TV rack, though this is likely to end in divorce. Or at least a night on the couch (which, incidentally, you can carry on gaming from).</p> <p>If you&#39;d prefer your Steam Machine to look less like a PC and more like a console, then it&#39;s probably not the best choice for you. Unless of course, you want pure, uninhibited power. Speaking of which...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Chronos has not one, but two Nvidia GTX Titans in charge of pushing pixels to your eyeballs. That&#39;s two of the world&#39;s most powerful consumer graphics cards, working together to tickle the part of your brain responsible for embracing ultra-sharp graphics, zero lag and smooth gameplay.</p> <p>In other words, it&#39;ll smash through any games you care to throw at it with ease, even at 4K resolutions.</p> <p>Dual-boot upgrade options will let you swap between Valve&rsquo;s Linux-based SteamOS, Windows 7 or Windows 8, and you can have up to 14TB of storage. Yes. terabytes.</p> <p>It&#39;s also got easy-access hot-swappable SSDs for shifting around extra storage and there&#39;s enough gaming muscle packed inside it to power a small country. Which is why a fully-specced model will set you back the price of a small car.</p> <p>You prefer cycling anyway, don&#39;t you?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve/hands-steamos/feature">Hands-on review: SteamOS, Valve&#39;s game-changing operating system</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/origin_2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ORIGINBACK.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/origin2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;unknown<br /><strong>CPU:</strong>&nbsp;Intel Core i7 4770K (3.9-4.6GHz)<br /><strong>GPU:</strong>&nbsp;2 x 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan<br /><strong>RAM:</strong>&nbsp;unknown<br /><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;up to 14TB</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A closer look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Chronos has a closed loop liquid cooling system as opposed to a more common fan-cooled CPU heatsink to keep its processor running at reasonable temperatures while ensuring that noise is minimal.</p> <p>Being a closed loop system, it should require zero maintenance too. Custom loops, on the other hand, have problems with air getting into the system and carry the risk of leaking. They take longer to set up, but can perform better and you can customise how they look.</p> <p>Given that quite a few of the Steam Machines have liquid cooling, it looks like Valve has placed a particular emphasis on quieter systems for living room use.</p> <p>The Chronos also has a ludicrously quick front-loading SSD swapping system which lets you slide out storage drives with a simple click.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20140218_163743.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="3264" height="2448" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20140218_163831.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="3264" height="2448" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20140218_164116.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Next Spa </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for</strong>&nbsp;<strong><em>stealth gamers</em></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/DeadTediousAmazonparrot" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://gfycat.com/DeadTediousAmazonparrot" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />The green X on the front of this Steam Machine is a subtle nod to the gaming DNA of what is essentially a rather boring black cube with a few ports on the front. You could easily mistake it for a media PC, which is no bad thing if you&rsquo;re looking to sprinkle a dash of PC gaming into your living room.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not the most exciting design then, but you&rsquo;ll be too busy fragging away to care. It might not arrive rocking two GTX Titans, but even its single GTX 760 GPU is substantially more powerful than the PS4&#39;s pixel-pushing muscles.</p> <p>It&#39;s also easily capable of gaming at 1080p. Hear that? That&#39;s the Xbox One quietly weeping in a corner.&nbsp;Another point for the PC master race.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">Stuff&#39;s 200 Greatest Games of All Time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/next-spa.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="766" height="574" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nextspa1.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="766" height="574" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nextspa2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: unknown<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: Intel Core i5<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: Nvidia GTX 760<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 1TB</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Digital Storm Bolt II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for</strong>&nbsp;<em><strong>liquid-cooled gaming</strong></em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/LittleCreamyGlobefish" width="567"></iframe><br /><strong><a href="http://gfycat.com/LittleCreamyGlobefish" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />In time-honoured PC gaming fashion, the Bolt II&#39;s black chassis with red highlights has a window showing off its delicious insides. If you like that sort of thing then you&#39;re sorted. </p> <p>Chuck a few LEDs in there too and you&#39;ll have a bona fide rave machine. If not then, well, you&#39;ll find it rather garish.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Bolt II might &lsquo;only&rsquo; start at US$1200, but don&rsquo;t let that fool you. It can be specced up to the hilt if you&rsquo;ve got more cash to spend, and&nbsp;it&rsquo;s likely to run whisper quiet too, thanks to its liquid cooling system - which is ready to go straight out of the box.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever set up your own liquid cooling loop before then you&rsquo;ll know what a pain it can be. Less time crying over spilt fluid and frazzled motherboards &ndash; more time blasting your enemies to smithereens in glorious 2K resolutions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bolt-2_0.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bolt2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bolt22.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: from US$1899<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: Intel Core i7 4770K<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780Ti<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 16GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 1TB HDD + 120GB SSD</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Webhallen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for</strong>&nbsp;<strong><em>Stormtroopers</em></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/ImmaculateIncompleteClumber" width="567"></iframe><br /><strong><a href="http://gfycat.com/ImmaculateIncompleteClumber" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />Pretty, isn&rsquo;t she? The simple curves and black and white colour scheme of the Webhallen earns it top marks in our design books and it&#39;s our favourite Steam Machine in terms of build. It&rsquo;s got a lovely matte finish too, but it is rather big and heavy.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll stick out in your living room, and won&rsquo;t match any of the black boxes that are already under your telly, but with a face like that, we&rsquo;ll let that slide. Just pretend it&rsquo;s a Stormtrooper&#39;s sub.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The GTX 780 will of course laugh at both next gen consoles as it serves up crisp visuals at 2K (that&#39;s twice 1080p) resolutions, while its solid state/hard disk hybrid drive offers a mix between capacious storage and fast performance.</p> <p>With the OS on the solid state portion of the SSHD, boot times are measured in seconds, while media and games can be stored on the larger, spinny-platter hard disk portion.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/webhallen_0.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="836" height="627" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/webhallen1.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="836" height="627" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/webhallen2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: US$1500<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: Intel Core i7 4771<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: Nvidia GTX 780<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 16GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 1TB SSHD</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A closer look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Webhallen&#39;s CPU is cooled by an Antec closed-loop liquid cooling system which should help tame its i7 processor, while running quieter than a more traditional fan-cooled heatsink.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-headquarters-coolest-office-world/feature">Valve headquarters is the coolest office in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9988_2.JPG?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9977_0.JPG?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9999_2.JPG?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware X31 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for <em>UFO enthusiasts</em></strong><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/GlaringClutteredAtlanticblackgoby" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://gfycat.com/GlaringClutteredAtlanticblackgoby" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />While we quite like the glowing angular cutaway and equally bright alien head (it&rsquo;s thankfully not as brash as its laptop and PC counterparts), the insides of the Alienware X31 Steam Machine leave a lot to be desired.</p> <p>Because they&rsquo;re completely empty.</p> <p>We can at least tell you that this is one of the smaller Steam Machines on offer and won&rsquo;t offend anyone too much when it&#39;s nestled in your TV cabinet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s a battery and a few LEDs and, well, that&#39;s about it.</p> <p>We are assured that the Alienware will land with an unspecified Intel CPU and Nvidia graphics card, but that&rsquo;s all we know for the time being. No price, no hardware specs, no nothing. Perhaps it dropped out of Area 51?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alienware/alienware-17/review">The Alienware 17 is the gaming laptop you&#39;ve been waiting for</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="709" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienwareback.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienwareside.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: unknown<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: Intel CPU<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: Nvidia GPU<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: unknown <br /><strong>Storage</strong>: unknown</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gigabyte Brix Pro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for <em>gamers living in a broom cupboard</em></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/FeminineAjarEkaltadeta" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://gfycat.com/FeminineAjarEkaltadeta" target="_blank"><strong>Click here for the interactive 360 version</strong></a></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />Brick by name, brick by nature. This compact black cube is the handsomest of all the smaller Steam Machines and it feels nice and solid to hold. No wonder, given how much technology is packed into such a tiny space.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it barely looks like it could handle MS-DOS, you&rsquo;ll be pleasantly surprised by its innards.</p> <p>The Brix Pro crams in an Intel i7 processor, but doesn&rsquo;t have a dedicated graphics card. Instead, it relies on Intel&rsquo;s integrated Iris Pro 5200 graphics chipset.</p> <p>It won&rsquo;t blow spec lovers away, but it&rsquo;s the most powerful integrated graphics chipset available to date. You&rsquo;ll be able to play demanding games such as Battlefield 3 fluidly at medium/high settings at 720p. Not one for the hardcore, then, but not bad living room fodder.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gigabyte.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="619" height="464" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gigabyte1.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="684" height="513" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gigabyte2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: unknown<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: Intel Core i7-4770R<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: Intel Iris Pro 5200 integrated GPU<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB <br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 1TB HDD</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iBuyPower SBX </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for <em>PC power with console aesthetics</em></strong><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/AngryFlickeringGosling" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://gfycat.com/AngryFlickeringGosling#?frameNum=14" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />The SBX&rsquo;s sleek slab won us over back in January with its layered design and glowing accent - hence why it won a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">Hot Stuff Award at CES</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>You&#39;ll be disappointed if you love your ports though. It&rsquo;s got substantially fewer on its rear compared to other Steam Machines such as Origin PC&rsquo;s Chronos.<br />Available in black or white, it looks more like a next-gen console than a pure-bred PC, and its competitive starting price will have Sony and Microsoft keeping a close eye on it when it launches.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the iBuyPower&#39;s configurations packs in a 3.90GHz AMD processor which has more power per core than that of its console rivals, given its more recent architecture.</p> <p>The PS4 and Xbox One could fare better in the very few games which utilise multi-threading for more cores, but once you take its far superior AMD GPU into account, you&rsquo;ll be laughing. Definitely a machine to watch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibuypower.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="739" height="554" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibuypower1.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="739" height="554" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibuypower2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: from US$500<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: Unnamed Intel or AMD<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: 2GB AMD R9 270<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 500GB+</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zotac </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for <em>people who want to forget they even have a gaming PC</em></strong><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="420" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/MadInnocentBuffalo" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://gfycat.com/MadInnocentBuffalo" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />The Zotac falls into the miniature Steam Machine camp and resembles a glossy black router, especially when it&rsquo;s wielding its twin Wi-Fi antennae. That&rsquo;s either very good, or very bad, depending on how big and brash you like your tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apart from the fact that it&rsquo;s minuscule, we know very little about the Zotac. A mystery Nvidia GTX GPU and Intel processor are all we have to go on, but at US$500, it&#39;s as unlikely to burn a new hole in the ozone layer as it is to break the bank.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s hope it matches the similarly priced iBuyPower for specs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac1.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;from US$500<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: unnamed Intel<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: unnamed Nvidia GTX<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: unknown</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Material.net </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for <em>the grey man</em></strong><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/MeagerPlayfulElkhound" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://gfycat.com/MeagerPlayfulElkhound" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />Sharing the same case as the Alternate (page 13), there&rsquo;s no mistaking the Material.net for anything other than a PC.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s probably too large for most lounges, but that extra space means it&#39;s got a nice big (and therefore, quiet) fan to help keep it cool.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With an Intel i5 CPU, Nvidia GTX 760 OC graphics and 8GB of RAM to boot, the next-gen consoles will feel very intimidated in its presense. And rightly so, given the US$1100 asking price.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/controller/how-valve-built-controller-future/feature">Haptics, trackballs and Cheeto dust: How Valve built the game controller of the future</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/material.net_.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/material1.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="709" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/material2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: US$1100<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: Intel Core i5 4440K<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 OC<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB + 1TB SSHD</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CyberPowerPC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for <em>tricking console players into PC gaming</em></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/PoisedGreedyClam" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://gfycat.com/PoisedGreedyClam" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />While the Cyberpower is fairly big, we&#39;re huge fans of its console-like appearance and would happily have it live in our lounge.</p> <p>But only in the black version with red lights. The white and green light combo is a little too bright for our eyes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Cyberpower will arrive in two main flavours: the more powerful I model with an Intel i5 processor and GTX 760 graphics, or an AMD processor and GPU-toting A model which is US$200 cheaper.</p> <p>Not the fastest Steam Machines compared to some, but they&#39;re competitively priced against the PS4 and Xbox and promise to better their performance to boot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cyberpower-pc.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cyberpowerpc1.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="900" height="675" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cyberpowerpc.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><u><strong>I Model</strong></u></p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: US$700<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: Intel Core i5 i3-4330 &nbsp;3.5GHz<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 500GB HDD</p> <p><strong><u>A Model</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: US$500<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: 2GB AMD Radeon R9 270<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 500GB HDD</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Falcon Northwest Tiki </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for&nbsp;<em>1337 gamerz</em></strong><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/ConstantAmusingChanticleer" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://&lt;iframe data-cke-saved-src=&quot;http://gfycat.com/iframe/ConstantAmusingChanticleer&quot; src=&quot;http://gfycat.com/iframe/ConstantAmusingChanticleer&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; scrolling=&quot;no&quot; width=&quot;900&quot; height=&quot;676&quot; &gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;" target="_blank">Click here for the interactive 360 version</a></strong></p> <p><strong>First Impressions</strong><br />The Falcon Northwest is built like a tank and appears to have a slab of marble for a base. It&#39;s very heavy and feels like an expensive, premium product.</p> <p>Which is why it&#39;s such a shame to see it slathered in a garish &#39;Xxl33t-h3edsh0txX&#39; airbrushed paint job.</p> <p>Luckily the Tiki is an existing high-end PC that you can snap up from Falcon minus the dodgy makeup, so hopefully you&#39;ll be able to snap one up in less garish colours come launch day.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-25"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Falcon is up there with the most expensive PCs available, with a top-specced model costing a massive US$6000. CPU details are light, but we expect nothing less than the latest top-end Intel i7 processors, along with multiple GTX Titans.</p> <p>Up to 16GB of RAM and 6TB of storage help justify the eye-watering sticker price.&nbsp;</p> <p>Well worth dipping into your kid&#39;s university fund for, we think you&#39;ll agree.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news">Hands-on with Valve&#39;s Steam controller</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/falcon-northwest-tiki.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/falcon1.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/falcon2.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: US$1800 - US$6000<br /><strong>CPU</strong>: customisable<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: Nvidia GTC Titan<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB - 15GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: up to 6TB</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-26"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alternate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for <em>gaming in plain sight (if you&#39;ve got the space for it)</em></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="425" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/ClearPolishedAfricanrockpython" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://gfycat.com/ClearPolishedAfricanrockpython" target="_blank"><strong>Click here for the interactive 360 version</strong></a></p> <p><strong>First impressions</strong><br />Alternate&#39;s offering shares the exact same case as Material.net&#39;s gaming machine. That mean&#39;s it&#39;s big, plain and, well, not massively exciting.&nbsp;</p> <p>At least that means it won&#39;t be an attention-grabbing living room disco cube, but given its size, you might be put off shoving it under the TV anyway.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-27"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not scream as loud as the Falcon Northwest Tiki, but the Alternative still has console-beating power, thanks to a GTX 760 graphics card, i5 processor and a maximum of 16GB of RAM.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alternate.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alternateback.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="710" height="532" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/altrnateside.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price: US$1350</strong><br /><strong>CPU</strong>: Intel Core i5 4570&nbsp;<br /><strong>GPU</strong>: Nvidia GTX 760<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 16GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 1TB SSHD<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-28"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A closer look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alternate has gone for a traditional fan-cooled CPU heatsink, and it&#39;s absolutely huge.</p> <p>It&#39;s also gone for a triple fan setup on the side of the case, to push warm air out, cooling the internal temperature.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20140218_165051.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="3264" height="2448" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20140218_165042.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="3264" height="2448" title="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" alt="EXCLUSIVE: Stuff goes hands-on with every Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20140218_165004.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-29"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opinion - is this the start of a gaming revolution? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>No - Tom Wiggins, deputy editor, Stuff magazine</strong></p> <p>When Valve&rsquo;s Steam Machines were first announced I was every bit as excited as the next recovering Counter-Strike addict. It might not have been Half-Life 3 but a Steam Machine could be the vessel in which the world&rsquo;s most long-awaited game would be delivered &ndash; and straight to my telly. So why am I just looking at a load of Linux-based gaming PCs? Is this really the brave new future, or just the same thing repackaged?</p> <p>To compete with the consoles you need one thing: simplicity. If I want to play Titanfall, all the decisions are made for me: I buy an Xbox and a copy of the game, and the world is my oyster. An oyster that I&rsquo;ll gleefully lay waste to inside a massive robot. To play Dota 2 I need one of 13 Steam Machines, or the PC I&rsquo;ve already got. Or I can build one myself and maybe install SteamOS on it. Isn&rsquo;t this pretty much how it worked before?</p> <p>Steam OS might be appealing to PC gamers, but you&rsquo;re preaching to the converted. Where the whole thing does show potential is in the controller. All of gaming&rsquo;s biggest recent advances have come from how you control them, from the Wii Remote to Xbox&rsquo;s ever-improving Kinect, and Valve&rsquo;s amalgamation of gamepad and touchpad has the potential to shake things up, making much better use of its touchy-feely zones than the PS4 currently does.</p> <p>But without a sufficient number of hands on the controllers the whole thing could end up next to the Dreamcast or Gamecube: fondly remembered but ultimately a bit of a failure.</p> <p><strong>YES - Will Dunn, associate editor, Stuff.tv</strong> <p>For a few years, it seemed there was no option but to buy Apple if you wanted a proper smartphone. Yes, this meant you could only buy Apple-sanctioned apps, and yes, it meant having a smartphone was rather pricey, but what choice did you have? Then Google came along, with a new way of doing business. It didn&rsquo;t make the phones itself, it just made an open operating system that it gave away for free, along with plenty of support and some superb software. Android phones now outsell iPhones by almost seven to one.</p> <p>While the Xbox One and PS4 are both hugely exciting machines, they are, like the iPhone, closed shops. No-one gets to make a different kind of Xbox but Microsoft, but anyone can build a Steam Machine. Sony may trumpet about its love of indie developers, but you can&rsquo;t just make a mod and start distributing it to other PS4 owners. Steam is very much the Android in this game &ndash; an open operating system, hardware anyone can make, and a store that lets developers self-publish more cheaply. And while Android took a few years to take off, once people realised it was easy and simple and non-nerdy (and cheap), it took off like a nervous frog on a caffeinated firework.</p> <p>With its clever new controller, its wide selection of consoles and its already class-leading platform for selling and playing games, Steam is well placed to do the same. It won&rsquo;t wipe out the established consoles &ndash; iPhones are still fairly popular, last time I looked &ndash; but it will provide a very tempting alternative.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one-vs-sony-ps4-depth/feature">Microsoft Xbox One vs Sony PlayStation 4: in depth</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Steam Controller" alt="Steam Controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/STEAM_M_controller_front-001.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The original Half-life was Valve&#039;s first big hit" alt="Steam Machines hands on Half-life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/STEAM-machines-half-life-001.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Counter Strike was a massive success online" alt="Steam Machines hands on Counter Strike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/STEAM-machines-counter-strike-001.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Portal 2: one of puzzle gaming&#039;s high watermarks" alt="Steam Machines hands on Portal 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/STEAM-machines-portal-2-001.jpg?1399564300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff secured exclusive access to the first batch of Valve&#039;s console killers </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature#comments Gaming Hot Stuff PC Steam Box SteamOS Valve Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:31:33 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433355 at http://www.stuff.tv Haptics, trackballs and Cheeto dust: How Valve built the game controller of the future http://www.stuff.tv/controller/how-valve-built-controller-future/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We investigate the evolution of the Steam Controller, from mutant trackball to the final, complete reinvention of the gamepad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How Valve built the game controller of the future" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/all-steam-controller.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier this month, we visited Valve&rsquo;s headquarters in Bellevue, Washington for an exclusive look at the development of the mould-breaking Steam controller.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You can’t magically support something new </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whether or not you&rsquo;re convinced by the Steam controller, there&rsquo;s no denying that it is definitely a New Idea. With flat trackpads instead of sticks and buttons in unexpected places, it makes even the PS4&rsquo;s touchpad-toting controller look unimaginative. But why did Valve make one in the first place?</p> <p>&ldquo;For a few years now&rdquo;, say Greg, &ldquo;our customers have been asking us to solve a problem, which was that they had to give up all their games when they go to play in the living room. To do that you need three things: hardware, like a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review">Steam Machine</a>, input and an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve/hands-steamos/feature">operating system</a>.</p> <p>&quot;At first, our goal for our input device wasn&rsquo;t all that clear. We were doing some experiments on wearable computing and virtual reality, but for the living room, we needed an input device that was able to play the whole Steam catalogue, without requiring somebody to bring a mouse and keyboard onto the sofa with it. So we looked at what PC gaming uses by default, and of course that&rsquo;s a mouse and keyboard.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;We realised we had to make the games <em>think</em> they&rsquo;re being played by those traditional devices, because there&rsquo;s no way we can update all those titles to have some new input method - they were never built for a game controller, and every development team has since disbanded. You can&rsquo;t just crack a few thousand games open to magically support something new. So that was our goal: to translate between the expectation of a mouse and keyboard, and the actual buttons and surfaces on the controller.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review">Valve Steam Machine preview</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="They began by hacksawing an Xbox controller in half. Really. " alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0980.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Also usable as a Batarang" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0968.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The wires just plug themselves right into your hand" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0977.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Cheeto Dust problem </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Valve was going to trick every game into its 3000-plus catalogue into thinking they were being played by traditional means, it would need a new device. Possibly quite a weird one. <p>&ldquo;With a mouse and keyboard, you&rsquo;ve got 104 keys in one hand, and a super-high-resolution 2D pointing device in the other. We started building controllers that had tons of buttons on them, and controllers that all kinds of different methods of doing that high-resolution 2D pointing. One of the early front-runners was a trackball.</p> <p>&quot;We built a lot of prototypes that had a trackball on the right-hand side. We had small trackballs, we tried cueball-sized trackballs that punched all the way through to the back of the controller so that the ball&rsquo;s being held around its middle, and you can hold the whole thing and have really precise input. That was great, because you could spin it and stop it with your fingers at the back of the pad. Trackballs are actually really, really good in terms of 2D pointing. It&rsquo;s precise and high-resolution, and it gives you a lot of physical control.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;But it also had some downsides: it&rsquo;s asymmetrical, for one thing, so right-handed only; different people liked different configurations, so it&rsquo;s not a one-size-fits-all solution; and a trackball has a lot of moving parts, which means you&rsquo;re going to get a lot of Cheeto dust stuck in there.&quot; [<em>For readers not familiar with Cheetos, they are a cheese puff snack, larger than a UK standard Wotsit but not as nice</em>].</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You got a lot of balls" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0979.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Your balls are on the line" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0974.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Havin&#039; a ball" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0975.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The importance of haptics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stumped by the Cheeto Dust Problem, Valve began investigating other means of control.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we started trying trackpads, they were way behind trackballs for a long time. It wasn&rsquo;t until we started changing the software that began to see its potential. There wasn&rsquo;t a ton of physical differentiation between the prototypes, but in the firmware, there was a tremendous amount of work that we were doing to get the trackpad to behave differently for different kinds of games. We started to think, this is more promising, because it gives us more power as software developers to adapt to the requirements of a different games, or to games in the future that we haven&rsquo;t thought of yet.</p> <p>For a while, we thought touch input was so strong that we even went off past trackpads and investigated touch input across an whole flat surface. It was useful to try that, but it taught us that wasn&rsquo;t where we wanted to go - often we ended up needing to have a divided experience, where you&rsquo;re looking down at your hands a lot and then up at the screen, and the tactile feeling of a controller was absent.</p> <p>It also taught us how important haptic feedback is for any touch device. That channel of information from the touch input device to the user&rsquo;s hands is vital. It can carry a number of different kinds of information on what&rsquo;s happening in the game, but on a nuts and bolts level it tells you what part of the touch surface you&rsquo;re using. We subdivide those surfaces into slices, or concentric rings, and those boundaries are impossible for the player to detect unless you have haptic feedback.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="For a while, the Steam controller looked like this" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0973.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A trackball that isn&#039;t a trackball </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It was at this point that the pieces of the puzzle came together. The problem was that Valve wanted a trackball that wasn&rsquo;t a trackball. The solution was to make exactly that: a virtual trackball.</p> <p>&ldquo;Once we started looking at haptic feedback, we realised it could also help us hold on to all the things we had achieved when building around a trackball. The little electromagnets in there are so precise that they can emulate the momentum in a physical ball. The user can feel that the ball is spinning fast, or it&rsquo;s slowing down, or it has stopped. So you can toss the virtual ball and have it feel like it&rsquo;s spinning under your thumb, then plant your thumb on it and have it quickly come to rest again. And that channel of information makes it easy to use. It makes you aware, even before you&rsquo;re seeing the results on screen, that you&rsquo;re speeding up or turning or stopping.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Come see my pad" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0972.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nice pad you got here" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0967.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Insert pad pun here" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0976.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Steam controller will make you a better gamer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After a few minutes of play on the Steam controller, one of the first things you notice is that you hold it differently. The lobes of the controller body may look Xbox-esque, but they feel different, pushing into your hand in a slightly alien way.</p> <p>&ldquo;We did a lot of testing on hand position&rdquo;, explains Greg, &ldquo;and we started with setups that were arranged in the generic shape of a gamepad with the trackpad just kind of slapped on top. That results in a hand position where your whole thumb, the flat pad of your thumb, lays across the pad, which is less precise because it&rsquo;s trying to compute the absolute centre of that big region all the time. On the Steam controller, the touchpads have been dug in, and tilted to face you. They&rsquo;ve also been tilted outward slightly: along with the shape of the controller body, that makes the natural position to place the tip of your thumb on the touchpad. It&rsquo;s meant to help you position in a natural, relaxed way, with your thumb in the right position. This results in a much more precise control - orders of magnitude more precise.&rdquo;</p> <p>And Valve says its extensive testing indicates that a Steam controller could actually make you a better gamer.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s something inherent about it&rdquo;, says Greg, &ldquo;that teaches you how to hold it right from the start. It&rsquo;s not your larger muscle groups you&rsquo;re using, it&rsquo;s your fine motor skills. Thumbsticks have made it so that FPSs are mostly developed with a certain amount of auto-aim turned on, but with the Steam controller, it&rsquo;s no longer necessary to have auto-aim because of the fidelity and resolution of the trackpad. By the time people get used to it, they report - and the data shows - that they quickly surpass what they would have been able to achieve with a thumbstick controller.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news">Hands-on with the Steam Controller</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The central touch panel has been replaced - beta testers preferred buttons" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0966.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Late Steam controller prototype" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0965.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Late Steam controller prototype" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0964.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game controls go open source </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where console gamers all have broadly the same experience, PC gaming is a world built around tinkering and customisation. And for Valve, the only successful controller will be an open controller.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the past, with any new game controller, you spend a bunch of time configuring it. Hardware manufacturers usually make software that tries to make that easier, but usually those pieces of software are terrible. So we&rsquo;re not going to try to author default controls for every game: we&rsquo;re going to rely on the community, in a way that&rsquo;s similar to Steam Workshop, to create controller bindings that make sense for each game.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;People will be able to browse each other&rsquo;s configurations and make their own, and if they add one that&rsquo;s better than the existing default and lots of people like it and use it - that&rsquo;ll become the default set of controls. Even in our own games, we haven&rsquo;t done the work to natively support the controller with its own API. So when you play <em>Portal</em> with a Steam controller, the games believes it&rsquo;s being played by a keyboard and mouse.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The guts of a Steam controller" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0969_0.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thumb kind of monster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve&rsquo;s office is, like most offices anywhere in the Seattle area, a 30-second walk from a Microsoft building. When asked how they felt when they heard Microsoft had spent $100 million on its new Xbox controller, Anna and Greg are amused.&nbsp;&ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t tremendously surprising that they spent that much money, but the odd part was that they seemed so <em>proud</em> of it. That was only one part of the development of their new platform, so... it was an odd thing to base a wave of PR around.&rdquo; <p>And while the company has a reputation for secrecy, its hardware development has benefited from being conducted, at least partly, out in the open.</p> <p>&ldquo;We feel fortunate because we&rsquo;re accomplishing a lot with a smaller team size than other companies have. By having people beta-test our work in public, we&rsquo;re gaining a tremendous amount of confidence in our decision-making, and that&rsquo;s that&rsquo;s not something it seems like other companies are built to do.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s a flipside to involving your community: while gamers have always viewed Microsoft and Sony as standard, self-interested megacorporations, Valve has 65 million fans - fans who will be loudly disappointed if this first foray into hardware doesn&#39;t cut the mustard. And as with any mould-breaking technology, many will write it off before trying it (some already have) but if this controller suceeds, it&#39;ll change thumb-twiddling forever.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-headquarters-coolest-office-world/feature">Stuff visits Valve&#39;s mysterious factory of wonder (well, its office)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How Valve built the game controller of the future" alt="How Valve built the game controller of the future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controllers-all.jpg?1391708713" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full Steam Ahead </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How Valve built the game controller of the future </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/controller/how-valve-built-controller-future/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/controller/how-valve-built-controller-future/feature#comments Controller Gaming Steam Box SteamOS Valve Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:29:55 +0000 Will Dunn 1431860 at http://www.stuff.tv Valve Headquarters is the coolest office in the world http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-headquarters-coolest-office-world/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Like a wide-eyed boy who has unexpectedly gained access to a chocolate factory, we visited the world&#039;s most secretive games company </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="&quot;When you turn it, information is released onto the internet.&quot;" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMGP0991.jpg?1390989123" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">The building Google Maps claims is the headquarters of <a href="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Valve+Corporation,+Bellevue,+WA,+United+States&amp;hl=en&amp;sll=47.612304,-122.195649&amp;sspn=0.005085,0.013078&amp;oq=valve+&amp;gl=uk&amp;hq=Valve+Corporation,+Bellevue,+WA,+United+States&amp;t=m&amp;z=16">Valve Corporation</a> is a very big, shiny, anonymous-looking building in a sprawl of other very big, shiny, anonymous-looking buildings in downtown Bellevue, Washington.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The Valve stronghold actually takes up five floors of this massive building, of which I get to see about one and a half, but it is the coolest office I&rsquo;ve ever visited (sorry, Google). Mostly because this is where the <em>Half-Life</em>, <em>Portal</em> and <em>Left 4 Dead</em> series were developed (and, so millions of gamers fervently hope, are still being developed), but also because they&#39;ve got a lot of fancy stuff. The shelves are festooned with custom-made statues, and a gravity gun and Portal gun are propped up on the desks. There&rsquo;s an alien barnacle on the ceiling, a crowbar hanging from a pinboard and in the reception, a really, really big valve. A present to Gabe Newell from his brother, it&rsquo;s a reclaimed pressure controller from a ship, a pleasingly massive red wheel on a solid brass mount the size of a fat ten-year-old. It weighs as much as a small car, and the floor beneath it had to be reinforced with extra beams when Valve moved in. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had five people try to lift that thing&rdquo; says Joel Hatfield. &ldquo;They can&rsquo;t even tip it. I like to think that when you turn it, information is released onto the internet.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">I give a spin, but <em>Portal 3</em> fails to materialise. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="951" title="The headcrab scuttled off before we could take a picture" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP1008.jpg?1390989123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">And then, of course, I&rsquo;m greeted by Gordon Freeman. Not the actual Gordon Freeman - he&rsquo;s in an extra-dimensional holding state, obviously, preparing for Unforeseen Consequences - but Greg Coomer, a long-time Valve employee who was one of the original head models for The Freeman. He&rsquo;s wearing glasses. The goatee is missing, but he does look - to a misty-eyed Valve fan - quite a lot like Gordon Freeman. With him is Anna Sweet, who thankfully doesn&rsquo;t look like Alyx Vance, or I&rsquo;d be crawling through an air duct cackling excitedly about headcrabs by now. Anna and Greg are two of the leading figures on the Steam Machine project, but they don&#39;t have job titles; the company is very proudly &lsquo;boss-free&rsquo;, with no chain of command and no limit on the amount of holiday or sick leave an employee can take.</p> <p class="p1">Valve relies heavily on community, both at a customer level - every decision on the design of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve/hands-steamos/feature">Steam OS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news">its new controller</a> has been informed by the reactions of the 65-million-strong Steam community and 300 lucky Steam gamers who were picked to test a prototype Steam Machine - and internally, with employees effectively voting for each other&rsquo;s projects by choosing to work on them. The desks famously have wheels to allow people to move around the building as they pick different things to work on. As Anna shows me around a floor of engineers and industrial designers prototyping hardware, she points out Frank: &ldquo;Frank&rsquo;s one of our lawyers, but he&rsquo;s doing a bunch of work to do with the hardware side of things, so he&rsquo;s moved here.&rdquo; In a lot of workplaces, allowing employees to pick how and where they worked would spell disaster, but at Valve it&rsquo;s a recipe that makes billions. Does this do-what-you-want culture ever backfire on them?</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;Sometimes. What makes it work is that everyone tells everyone else about what they&rsquo;re working on, and the measure of whether your work is successful is whether other people will join you and start working on your project. We&rsquo;ve had to turn down people who are absolutely at the top of their field, in some cases very well-known, because we thought they might not fit with this way of working.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1201" height="900" title="In times of crisis, this can be used as America&#039;s largest cheesegrater" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP1007.jpg?1390989123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">As we continue our tour of the hardware development floor - a floor that I am Definitely Not Allowed to take any pictures of - Anna shows me the banks of 3D printers they use to run off prototype controllers, boxes of which are lined up in racks along a wall. It&rsquo;s a Cambrian explosion of controllers, evolution throwing up form after form: angular pads with flat touchscreens, chunky Sega-esque pads with sticks, N64-style pads with alien-looking lobes and trackballs instead of sticks. One can be used like a normal gamepad, but has a line of magnets down the middle that allows it to be cracked in half and used as a Wii-style motion controller.</p> <p class="p1">We continue past a couple of spaces in which the walls are covered with what look like QR codes, and Anna explains they&rsquo;re visual cues for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/valve-s-vr-headset-even-better-oculus-rift/news">virtual reality equipment their R&amp;D guys are testing</a>. A number of Oculus Rift units, including one that looks like a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature">Crystal Cove</a>, are being worked on among boxes of electrical and optical components, and a thing that looks like a huge Kinect stands on a tripod in the middle of the room. It&rsquo;s probably a 3D camera, although it might also be a sentry.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="899" title="One controller had a tiny mouth that sighed you when you shot a good guy" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0981.jpg?1390989123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Back in the demo room, I&rsquo;m given some time on a prototype Steam Machine - I stop and gawp for a long moment when I realise it has free access to <em>every single one</em> of the more than 3000 games on Steam - and at last get my paws on that strange-looking controller. It&rsquo;s difficult to believe it will be any good until you actually get it in your hands, because it&rsquo;s all about feeling - specifically, haptic feedback.</p> <p class="p1">The thing about Steam&rsquo;s new controller is that those pads aren&rsquo;t really pads: they&rsquo;re virtual trackballs. A lot of Valve&rsquo;s prototypes used real trackballs, and when you&rsquo;re not looking at the controller it feels as if there&#39;s a kind of ethereal golf ball beneath each thumb. The controller is shaped so that your thumb stands on point, rather than mushing flatly against the surface. This improves accuracy and sensitivity, and also makes the pad less sweaty, because the shape and the control scheme means you hold it more gently than a traditional thumbstick pad. When the tip of your thumb moves across the pads, they click gently. Tiny actuators give a very fine degree of haptic feedback that makes it feel as if you are rolling a ball covered in little dents; flick your right thumb quickly across the surface and it whirrs and then slows down, exactly like a spinning ball. The left &lsquo;ball&rsquo;, which replaces&nbsp;the WASD keys,&nbsp;clicks relatively slowly, like the gentle rubbery clicking of a mouse wheel. The right &lsquo;ball&rsquo;, which replaces the mouse, feels lighter and faster, giving you more speed and sensitivity for fast aiming. It makes you realise what incredibly sensitive instruments your hands are, and how&nbsp;much information you can get through them&nbsp;- the speed of the virtual trackball lets you feel how fast you&#39;re moving even before your eyes register the change on screen.</p> <p class="p1">For anyone who plays console games already, the transition to a Steam Machine controller should be pretty straightforward. I am a ham-fisted n00b of the first order, but I was jumping around <em>Portal</em> quite happily within a few minutes. I didn&rsquo;t take quite so easily to the less familiar <em>Trine 2</em>, a platformer which uses a mouse pointer for aiming ranged weapons, until we took a look at some other control mapping options for the game which had been suggested by the community of beta testers on the prototype machines. I picked the most popular control map for the game, resumed and found it a lot easier. When you have 65 million gamers to mine for feedback, it makes the right answer a lot easier to find.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1191" height="900" title="It also opens the occasional inter-dimensional rift" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMGP0989.jpg?1390989123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">As the demo draws to a close, we go through a little fact-checking and I decide I might as well try my luck.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;...and just remind me, when did you say the release date for <em>Half-Life 3</em> was?&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">Greg grins. &ldquo;Oh, you missed it the first time we said it?&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">I stare studiously at my notebook, biro hovering expectantly over the page.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;You&rsquo;re just gonna get blank stares from us on that one.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">Aww.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review" target="_blank">Valve Steam Machine preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;ll turn up, just give it another 10 years" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/half-life-2_1.jpg?1390989123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opening the Valve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff visits Valve HQ. Yes, we asked about Half-Life 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-headquarters-coolest-office-world/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-headquarters-coolest-office-world/feature#comments Gaming Half-Life 3 Steam Box SteamOS Valve Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:28:33 +0000 Will Dunn 1431417 at http://www.stuff.tv Valve’s VR headset “even better than Oculus Rift” http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/valve-s-vr-headset-even-better-oculus-rift/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Early user calls the company’s prototype virtual reality gear a “generational leap forward” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve’s VR headset “even better than Oculus Rift”" alt="Valve’s VR headset “even better than Oculus Rift”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/valve-team-fortress-oculus-rift.jpg?1389924441" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know that Valve is planning for a virtual reality future courtesy of its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a>-friendly <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-winamp-lives-steamvr-announced-and-moto-g-gets-stock-android/news" target="_blank">SteamVR</a> mode, but it turns out the company is also developing its own VR headset &ndash; and according to some early users, it&rsquo;s even better than Oculus Rift.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A taste of the future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>He said Valve&rsquo;s positional tracking system uses markers dotted around the room, unlike the headset-based trackers on Crystal Cove. He also revealed that Valve&rsquo;s headset was not wireless.</p> <p>Hensley said he would still be buying Oculus Rift because it&rsquo;s out this year and affordable, while he sees Valve&rsquo;s headset as more a glimpse of what home VR can offer in a couple of years. We&rsquo;re inclined to agree with him: Oculus has made a fantastic product, Crystal Cove will make it even better &ndash; and the company probably has internal prototypes that are even more accurate than that. Valve&#39;s prototype may be on a par &ndash; but it&#39;s merely a prototype, not a product.</p> <p>One thing&rsquo;s for certain: from being a written-off gimmick a few years ago, virtual reality has rapidly become one of the most exciting areas in gaming.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/gaming/valve-s-virtual-reality-headset-blows-oculus-rift-away--1215666?src=rss&amp;attr=all" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature" target="_blank">Face-on review: Oculus Rift Crystal Cove, a bone fide VR revolution</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/valve-s-vr-headset-even-better-oculus-rift/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaming Oculus Rift Valve Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:30:34 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431351 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Winamp lives on, SteamVR announced and Moto G gets stock Android http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-winamp-lives-steamvr-announced-and-moto-g-gets-stock-android/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the morning’s biggest and best tech news stories in one place </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Winamp lives on" alt="Winamp lives on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/winamp-logo%20%281%29.jpg?1389839850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winamp saved from certain death </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Veteran media play app Winamp was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-build-your-own-iron-throne-winamp-saved-death-and-white-xbox-one-you-ll-never-own/news">all set for the software version of the glue factory</a>, with owner AOL looking to ditch it as part of a money-saving drive &ndash; but an eleventh hour intervention has given it new life.</p> <p>Belgian digital audio startup Radionomy has acquired both Winamp and media streaming service Shoutcast from AOL in a cash-plus-shares deal. Shoutcast will be integrated into Radionomy&rsquo;s existing digital radio service, while Winamp will remain much as it is today &ndash; a media player compatible with almost every format and access to 60,000 internet radio stations.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/14/aol-sells-winamp-and-shoutcast-for-5-10m-to-radionomy-takes-12-stake-in-belgian-digital-audio-company/">TechCrunch</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NES carts transformed into amazing 8-bit harmonicas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>YouTube user Besami Sentaku has found a brilliant new purpose for those old NES cartridges: filling their shells with electronics that enable them to function like electronic harmonicas.</p> <p>Blow on where the contacts would have been and be transported back to the 80s by glorious 8-bit sounds. Get a few of them together &ndash; as seen in the video above &ndash; and you could even create your own chiptune orchestra.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57617140-1/8bit-harmonica-blow-into-your-cartridge-for-music/">CNET</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pLpDXkMQmcc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve launches SteamVR mode for Oculus Rift </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve has been a supporter of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus">Oculus Rift</a> from almost the very beginning, but now the company is starting to get truly serious about virtual reality by launching a SteamVR mode for its Steam gaming service.</p> <p>Available now, SteamVR allows owners of an Oculus Rift dev kit to try out an &ldquo;experimental&rdquo; virtual reality mode in games like Half-Life 2. Being experimental, stability is far from guaranteed (judging by the comments underneath&rsquo;s Valve&rsquo;s announcement, there are several issues to work through at the moment), but as a taste of what&rsquo;s to come in the future it&rsquo;s exciting stuff.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/250820/discussions/0/630802344730488459/">Steam Community</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature">Stuff&#39;s Oculus Rift Crystal Cove hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Valve launches SteamVR mode for Oculus Rift" alt="Valve launches SteamVR mode for Oculus Rift" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-rift-2%20%281%29.jpg?1389839850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto G getting stock Android edition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola has announced that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a>, its wonderfully affordable smartphone, is to get a stock Android &ldquo;Google Play Edition&rdquo; &ndash; at least in the US.</p> <p>In the US, the Moto G Google Play Edition strips out the few Motorola additions to the Android OS, leaving the phone with the same platform as you&rsquo;d find on the Nexus 4 or Nexus 5. The price for the phone is the same: US$180 for an 8GB model and US$200 for a 16GB model.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s hoping the same option comes to the UK.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/14/moto-g-google-play-edition-now-available-for-180">Engadget</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Stuff&#39;s Motorola Moto G review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Motorola Moto G getting stock Android edition" alt="Motorola Moto G getting stock Android edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-play-edition.jpg?1389839850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Moto G Motorola Oculus Rift Smartphones Steam Box SteamOS Valve Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:49:37 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431246 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with Valve's Steam Controller http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We rub our thumbs across the touchpads of the controller that Valve reckons will replace the keyboard and mouse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" alt="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/steam-controller-hands-on-01.jpg?1389085477" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>PC gamers are, it&#39;s fair to say, very attached to the old keyboard and mouse combo.</p> <p>But with Valve planning to put gaming PCs in our living rooms with its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valves-steam-machines-revealed/news" target="_blank">Steam Machines</a> project, it&#39;s looking to augment the traditional PC gaming setup with an altogether more console-esque controller.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You got the touch(pads) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On its front face, the Steam Controller features a pair of touchpads in place of thumbsticks, with a touchscreen occupying the centre of the controller. Around the back, the standard triggers are joined by a pair of large buttons that run along the length of the grips.</p> <p>The prototype versions that Valve brought along to its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valves-steam-machines-revealed/news" target="_blank">Steam Machines launch event</a> feel a bit lightweight and flimsy &ndash; hopefully that will be fixed in the final model &ndash; and don&#39;t feature the central touchpad, offering four physical buttons in its place.</p> <p>But what&#39;s the Steam Controller actually like to use? It has quite a steep learning curve. We tried it out with an FPS game, and although you can see exactly why Valve has placed the controls where they are, so that you can use the grip buttons to jump and crouch without taking your thumbs off the touchpads, those of us who are used to standard game controllers will struggle initially.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" alt="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller-hands-on-04.jpg?1389085477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" alt="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller-hands-on-03.jpg?1389085477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Touch too Much </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The touchpads are pleasingly responsive, and deliver little bursts of haptic feedback as you run your thumbs across them. Again, it takes a while to get the hang of these controls &ndash; you&#39;re supposed to tap on the left pad to move, while swiping on the right pad to turn.</p> <p>In practice, it feels a lot like trying to pat your head and rub your tummy. We also noticed that you have to adjust your aim slightly after a rapid turn &ndash; not something that troubles the mouse-and-keyboard brigade.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" alt="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller-hands-on-08.jpg?1389085477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" alt="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller-hands-on-06.jpg?1389085477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" alt="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller-hands-on-02.jpg?1389085477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Limits of Control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Only time will tell if the Steam Controller will displace the joypad and mouse/keyboard control setups in gamers&#39; affections.</p> <p>Our first impressions suggest that while it&#39;s certainly an accurate control device, it takes some getting used to &ndash; and you have to be prepared to put in the time to learn a whole new control scheme.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" alt="Valve Steam Controller hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller-hands-on-07.jpg?1389085477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news#comments CES 2014 PC Steam Box Valve Tue, 07 Jan 2014 05:00:47 +0000 Stephen Graves 1430832 at http://www.stuff.tv Valve's Steam Machines finally revealed http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valves-steam-machines-revealed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Huzzah! Valve&#039;s taken the wraps off the gaming PCs readying their living room assault </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Machines" alt="Valve Steam Machines" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/steam-machines_0.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Valve has been opened &ndash; the PC gaming gurus behind Steam have revealed their first batch of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review">Steam Machine</a> gaming PCs.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Building up Steam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A range of partners have developed the Steam Machines &ndash; PCs that follow guidelines and meet standards laid down by Valve, and run its SteamOS operating system.</p> <p>They range from the dinky to the bulky, and take in everything from heavily designed machines that wouldn&#39;t look out of place next to an Xbox One or PS4 under your telly, to black boxes that look like servers.</p> <p>Of course, it&#39;s what&#39;s inside that counts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alternate, Alienware and CyberPowerPC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alternate&#39;s Steam Machine packs in an Intel Core i5 4570, 4GB of RAM, a Gigabyte GTX 760 GPU and a 1TB SSD, with a retail price of US$1340.</p> <p>Alienware is keeping its cards close to its chest as far as specs and price are concerned, but design-wise it&#39;s the standout success of the line-up &ndash; a gorgeous, angular box with subtle glowing details.</p> <p>CyberpowerPC&#39;s device starts at US$500, with an AMD/Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and either an AMD Radeon R9 270 or Nvidia GTX 760 graphics card, and 500GB of storage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="CyberpowerPC Steam Machine" alt="CyberpowerPC Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cyberpowerpc-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware Steam Machine" alt="Alienware Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Alternate Steam Machine" alt="Alternate Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alternate-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest and Gigabyte </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Digital Storm Bolt II crams in a Core i7 4770K processor, 16GB RAM and a GTX 780 TI GPU, with a whopping 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD. Unsurprisingly, it&#39;s pricey, at US$2585.</p> <p>Falcon Northwest&#39;s Tiki comes in a perfectly hideous airbrushed case, and is the most expensive of the lot &ndash; starting at US$1800 and going all the way up to US$6000, depending on how you configure it. The spec list includes a Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, up to 6TB storage and between 8 and 16GB RAM.</p> <p>Gigabyte&#39;s adorably tiny Brix Pro features a Core i7 4770K, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics&nbsp;and a 1TB SATA HDD.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Digital Storm Bolt II Steam Machine" alt="Digital Storm Bolt II Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/digital-storm-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Falcon Northwest Steam Machine" alt="Falcon Northwest Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/falcon-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Gigabyte Brix Pro Steam Machine" alt="Gigabyte Brix Pro Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gigabyte-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iBuypower, Materiel.net and Next </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>iBuypower has conjured up an Xbox One-style case that sells for an Xbox One-style price &ndash; US$500 and up. Inside, you get an Intel or AMD quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, Radeon GCN Graphics and 500GB storage.</p> <p>Materiel.net&#39;s US$1100 black cube doesn&#39;t bother with the fripperies of design; it&#39;s all business, with a Core i5 4440 processor, 8GB RAM, a MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC graphics card and a 8GB + 1TB SSHD.</p> <p>The Next SPA is a similar black box, with a Core i5, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GT 760 graphics and 1TB storage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="iBuyPower Steam Machine" alt="iBuyPower Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibuypower-steam-machine-hot-stuff.jpg?1389621037" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Materiel.net Steam Machine" alt="Materiel.net Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/materialnet-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Next Steam Machine" alt="Next Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/next-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 CES Hot Stuff Award winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">The iBuypower Steam Machine&nbsp;is one of our 2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards winners &ndash; click here to read about the rest</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Origin PC, Scan, Webhallen and Zotac </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Origin PC&#39;s Chronos comes in a variety of different configurations, starting with a Core i7 4770K, up to 32GB RAM, 2 6GB Nvidia Geforce GTX Titans and up to 14TB storage. The price has yet to be confirmed, but expect it to be astronomical.</p> <p>Scan&#39;s NC10 is one of the most interesting designs of the launch lineup, with an unusual stretched-out configuration wrapped in a metal shell. The prototype on display came with some unsightly &nbsp;Inside, you get a Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics and 500GB storage, with a price tag of US$1090.</p> <p>Webhallen&#39;s big and bulky US$1500 beast has specs to match its size &ndash; and price. You get a Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 graphics and a 1TB SSHD.</p> <p>Finally, there&#39;s the Zotac Steam Box &ndash; which loses points for design, being a rebadged Z Box. Specs have yet to be confirmed, but expect it to clock in at US$600.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Scan Steam Machine" alt="Scan Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Origin PC Steam Machine" alt="Origin PC Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/origin-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Webhallen Steam Machine" alt="Webhallen Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/webhallen-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Zotac Steam Machine" alt="Zotac Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-steam-machine.jpg?1389692463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve Steam Machines revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The SteamOS-powered PCs that will conquer your living room </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valves-steam-machines-revealed/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valves-steam-machines-revealed/news#comments CES 2014 PC Steam Box Valve Tue, 07 Jan 2014 04:04:11 +0000 Stephen Graves 1430810 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: SteamOS, Valve's game-changing operating system http://www.stuff.tv/valve/hands-steamos/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve&#039;s revolutionary take on living-room gaming has entered its public beta phase, but is SteamOS ready for primetime or should Linux-nerds only apply? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteamOS" alt="SteamOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/steam-os.jpg?1388729928" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Things used to be simple. Unless you were a graphics designer or something to do with media, buying a computer meant buying a Windows PC.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, the world is abandoning the desktop and with it new platforms like iOS and Android are flourishing, while Microsoft flounders. Why then, in the post-PC world, is a company synonymous with PC gaming bringing out its own operating system for explicitly old-school PC hardware?&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Building up Steam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Steam has been the most incredible story for Valve. It first appeared with Half-Life 2 way back in 2004, and on its arrival was met with a barrage of criticism.</p> <p>Skip forward nine years, and Steam is now the darling of PC gamers. Valve doesn&#39;t release sales figures for the digital distribution platform, but it&#39;s the shop of choice for most. Rock solid performance and a penchant for supporting and promoting independent developers on the same footing as major publishers have won over all but the most die-hard of sceptics.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteamOS" alt="SteamOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steamos-big-screen-pic-2.jpg?1388729928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is Steam? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re not a PC gamer, and have never heard of Steam, it&#39;s easiest to think of Valve&#39;s signature software as like the App Store or Google Play. Essentially, Steam is a giant shop for downloading games, typically onto a Windows desktop.</p> <p>It&#39;s a shop, however, with built in online authentication systems to prevent piracy (which publishers love) and a huge forum community which loves to create mods and add-ons and other &#39;user-generated content&#39; (which players love). It&#39;s a shop which also takes care of tracking achievements and the gamification of games, and has awesome money-off sales every couple of months and gives back through its indie developer program, Greenlight.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> High-pressure Steam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As far as Valve is concerned, we don&#39;t need Windows any more. For some time, it&#39;s been encouraging developers to code for the open source operating system, GNU/Linux, and has had a version of Steam available for the popular Linux distribution (distro) Ubuntu since late last year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now, the final stages of its plan are in place. SteamOS is Valve&#39;s own operating system, designed primarily for PC manufacturers and home-brew hackers who want a simple, cheap PC in front of their TV instead of an expensive and restricted games console.</p> <p>At heart, it&#39;s a minimalist installation of Linux designed simply to run the same Steam client that already exists, but exclusively in the Big Picture mode designed for a TV screen rather than a computer monitor. Install SteamOS, and you have immediate access to all the Linux-compatible games already on Steam.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteamOS" alt="SteamOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steamos-bastion.jpg?1388729928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting started with SteamOS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Installing SteamOS right now is a bit of a pain, but only in terms of system requirements. You need a fairly modern PC which supports UEFI booting, a hard drive you&#39;re prepared to wipe and an Nvidia graphics card.&nbsp;If you have all those things, all you need to do is download the installation files and boot up. If you don&#39;t, well, there are some unsupported workarounds but they&#39;re not exactly straightforward or necessarily reliable.</p> <p>You can even get it running in a virtual machine like VirtualBox, but that&#39;s not for the faint-hearted.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteamOS" alt="SteamOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steamos-installing.jpg?1388729928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Specs snapshot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We tested SteamOS on a PC with:</p> <ul> <li>Core i7 3930K processor</li> <li>12GB RAM</li> <li>1TB HDD</li> <li>Nvidia 670GTX Graphics</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Old faithful </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What is impressive, however, is that if you stick to Valve&#39;s recommended system specs SteamOS is boringly reliable. It literally boots directly to the Steam client to download and play games.</p> <p>There is a traditional desktop mode, using GNOME, but while most Linux distros come with word processors, email clients, video and photo editing tools built-in, SteamOS is barren of such things by default. Adding them isn&#39;t hard, since SteamOS is based on Debian and so any software repository designed for Debian should work in Steam, but Valve has always been clear that SteamOS is not intended to be a Windows replacement.</p> <p>If you want Linux and Steam on a desktop PC or a laptop, install Ubuntu and grab Steam from the built-in app store &ndash; it&#39;ll be a much better experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteamOS" alt="SteamOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steamos-big-screen-pic.jpg?1388729928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multi-talented </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>SteamOS isn&#39;t strictly single purpose, though. It&#39;s more like a very high-end smart TV, the old Linux media centre standby, XMBC, or the Boxee set-top box. There&#39;s a browser in the Big Screen interface already, which is fine for web services, and apps for services like Netflix are likely as development picks up.</p> <p>The really good news is that there are well over a hundred Linux games available on Steam now, including relatively well-known names like Metro, Sir, You Are Being Hunted, X, Football Manager and the newly released space MMO Entropy (alongside Valve&#39;s own titles Half-Life 2, Team Fortress, Left4Dead and Portal). They&#39;ll run just as well in a different distro as they will under Steam OS. There are performance improvements hard coded into SteamOS which aren&#39;t in other distros, but for the most part they&#39;re well hidden and unlikely to be noticed given that you can only use it on a well-specced PC anyway.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteamOS" alt="SteamOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steamos-03.jpg?1388729928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="SteamOS" alt="SteamOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steamos-sir-you-are-being-hunted-1.jpg?1388729928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Underwhelming, in a good way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All of which is a long way round of saying that SteamOS is a bit underwhelming, really. And that that&#39;s a good thing. The first appearance of this massively anticipated, much wanted operating system is stable, reliable and only as good as the currently superlative gaming distribution platform &ndash; which is a let down to those who somehow wanted more.</p> <p>Why would you want a Steam Box instead of an Xbox One or PlayStation 4? Mainly because it means the platform no longer matters &ndash; you can buy a game on Windows, Mac or Linux and so long as it&#39;s available on all three platforms, you can install and play it on your desktop, laptop or console.</p> <p>That&#39;s the same game, with the same saves and the same multiplayer features and community. And you only pay once, and because there are no licensing fees, you usually pay less than a traditional console game too. And while there may be a worry about how many games are actually available on Linux and thus Steam Box, you can &#39;stream&#39; games from a Windows PC running Steam to a console running SteamOS over your home network &ndash; although that&#39;s a feature that&#39;s not available in this early release yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteamOS" alt="SteamOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steamos-01.jpg?1388729928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SteamOS: Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Should you download SteamOS? Maybe &ndash; but in most cases you&#39;ll be better off running Steam on your existing Windows, Mac or Linux desktop.</p> <p>Keep an eye on it, though. With PC manufacturers already starting to sell computers with SteamOS pre-installed and a community of gamers begging for its release, this is going to be the most serious challenge to the Sony/Microsoft duopoly for games for many years. Poor, poor Nintendo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review" target="_blank">Read our full Steam Machine preview here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteamOS" alt="SteamOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steamos-hands-on-01.jpg?1388729928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve/hands-steamos/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/valve/hands-steamos/feature#comments Gaming Steam Box SteamOS Valve Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:35:28 +0000 Stephen Graves 1430156 at http://www.stuff.tv Valve's Steam OS will be released on December 13 http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-announces-steam-os-will-be-released-13-december/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> L33t PC gamers will be getting an early Christmas present from Valve this year </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="637" height="477" title="Valve announces Steam OS will be released on 13 December" alt="Valve announces Steam OS will be released on 13 December" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/steam%20machine%20factory.jpg?1388683939" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Valve has announced that its made-for-gaming Linux-based Steam OS will be available to download on 13 December.</p> <p>It recommends that only &quot;intrepid Linux hackers&quot; download Steam OS for the time being, until it&#39;s more polished next year, but we&#39;re sure that won&#39;t stop PC gamers with itchy feet from&nbsp;jumping in as soon as possible.</p> <p>Valve also announced that it will be shipping Steam Machines and controllers to 300 lucky beta participants on the 13th too, but only to US gamers. Boo, hiss.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a storm brewing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In other related news, Digital Storm has revealed a US$1,470 gaming PC which can dual-boot Windows and Steam OS.</p> <p>It&#39;s packed with a dual-worthy Nvidia GTX Titan&nbsp;graphics&nbsp;card and&nbsp;liquid&nbsp;cooling, and we can&#39;t wait to see it in the flesh at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature">CES in January</a>.</p> <p>Check out more of our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/ces-and-beyond-ten-tech-trends-will-define-2014/feature">CES 2014 news, predictions and trends here.</a></p> <p>[<a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse#announcements/detail/1930088300965516570" target="_blank">Steam Community]</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="595" height="445" title="Valve announces Steam OS will be released on 13 December" alt="Valve announces Steam OS will be released on 13 December" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/digital%20storm%20steam%20machine.png?1388683939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-announces-steam-os-will-be-released-13-december/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-announces-steam-os-will-be-released-13-december/news#comments CES 2014 Gaming Steam Box Valve Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:27:14 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1430045 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Half-Life 3 won’t be SteamOS exclusive, Tesco ads go Minority Report and Philips Hue under the spotlight http://www.stuff.tv/philips/fully-charged-half-life-3-won-t-be-steamos-exclusive-and-tesco-ad-go-all-minority-report/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feast your tired eyes on our regular morning round-up of top tech stories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Half-Life" alt="Half-Life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/half-life-2.jpg?1383643537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve: no ‘killer app’ exclusives for SteamOS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve looks set to maintain its ‘good guy of the gaming world’ reputation even as it attempts to launch its own hardware and operating system. The company told IGN that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/steamos-why-next-must-have-console-might-be-pc/feature">SteamOS</a>, which’ll soon be competing with Windows PCs and home consoles, will not feature big name exclusive titles: “you won’t see an exclusive killer app on SteamOS from us; we’re not going to be doing that kind of thing.”</p> <p>Some had speculated that Valve would release Half-Life 3 on SteamOS only, as a way to encourage gamers to adopt the platform, but that seems highly unlikely in the wake of this announcement. Valve, of course, has never even confirmed that the game is in development. [Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/04/valve-will-not-make-exclusive-games-for-steamos">IGN</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips Hue smart lighting gets new spotlight bulb </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Philips has extended its range of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/philips-extends-app-controlled-hue-light-range-new-lightstrips-and-livingcolors-bloom/news">Hue</a> smart lights with the GU10, a white light capable of screwing into spotlight and accent light fittings. Like other Hue products, it’s controllable from a smartphone app. Philips has also introduced a new Hue feature called StoryLight, which works with selected Disney e-books to deliver lighting effects tailored to the particular page of a story you’re currently reading.</p> <p>The new GU10 Hue lights are available in a £180 introduction pack (three lights and everything you need to set up smart control over them), and individually for £50 a pop. You can buy them from Apple stores, or at Apple’s UK site.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Hue GU10" alt="Philips Hue GU10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hue-gu10.jpg?1383643537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesco to roll out Minority Report-style ‘smart ads’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesco’s petrol stations will soon boast a somewhat Orwellian addition: adverts that watch you back. The UK’s largest retailer has announced plans to introduce ‘smart’ advertising displays that, thanks to a built-in camera, can recognise a viewer’s general age and gender and show them tailored 10-second ads. It might seem scary, but given that Google, Amazon and Facebook are already doing the same – albeit online – based on the stacks of information they’ve gleaned from your Internet activity, Tesco’s actions are simply a logical progression of real-world advertising. [Source: <a href="http://qz.com/143180/get-ready-for-in-store-advertising-that-looks-you-straight-in-the-eye/">Quartz</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oregon Scientific enters the fitness band fray </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oregon Scientific, known best for its weather stations and atomic clocks, has just entered the fitness band market with the Ssmart Dynamo (no, that’s no a typo). Resembling the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/force-you-fitbit-launches-latest-tracking-band-oled-display/news">Fitbit</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike/nike-launches-nike-fuelband-se-and-updated-nike-running-app/news">Nike+ FuelBand</a>, the Dynamo is designed to be worn 24/7 and tracks steps taken, distance travelled, sleep time and calories burned. It communicates with iPhone 4S and later, and Android 4.3 devices (plus the Samsung Galaxy S4), via Bluetooth, and can store up to 14 days of data at once. You can pick one up now from the Oregon <a href="http://uk.oregonscientific.com/cat-Sports-and-Health-sub-Pedometers-prod-Ssmart-Dynamo-Activity-Band.html">website</a>, priced at £85.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oregon Ssmart Dynamo" alt="Oregon Ssmart Dynamo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oregon-dynamo.jpg?1383643537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Half-Life 3 Hue Philips Valve Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:45:41 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1428733 at http://www.stuff.tv Valve Steam Machine http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 04/02/14: Valve reveals Steam Music: play your tunes while you&#039;re gaming. Landing soon on SteamOS and Steam Big Picture Mode </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="975" height="731" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Valve-Steam-Machine.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One&nbsp;</a>and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>&nbsp;are right around the corner, and the entire gaming world is champing at the bit to dive into the glorious world of next-gen gaming goodness.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What exactly is a Steam Machine? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A Steam Machine is a PC with components that meet Valve&#39;s minimal performance requirements to run Steam OS &ndash; Valve&#39;s open source Linux-based operating system that&#39;s designed and optimised for gaming.</p> <p>In essence, there&#39;s nothing separating a Steam Machine from a regular PC; you could install Windows on it if you wanted to and still access Valve&#39;s packed games library on the excellent Steam store.&nbsp;Valve&nbsp;has&nbsp;already&nbsp;released an update which optimises Steam for the big screen, and Steam OS will take this experience much further.</p> <p>The only thing that makes a Steam Machine a Steam Machine, then, is the sticker of approval that Valve slaps on it &ndash; indicating that it meets their minimum requirements.</p> <p>While those exact requirements remain a mystery, Valve has released the specs of various low, mid and high-range Steam Machines, which it will send out to 300 lucky beta testers.</p> <p>The full specs below feature processors and graphics cards which vary in power, and the price and performance differences between them can be massive.</p> <p>The least powerful graphics card &ndash; the GTX 660 &ndash; will set you back &pound;160 and is a close equivalent to the graphics cards found within the next-gen consoles.</p> <p>Compare that to the Nvidia GTX Titan with its &pound;770 price tag and ability to play games at above-full HD resolutions on multiple monitors, and you begin to get an idea of the degree of variation and power that PC gaming (and therefore, Steam Machines) have to offer.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/4/5063760/we-try-the-steam-machine-valves-video-game-console-of-the-future" target="_blank">The Verge</a> spent some time with Valve&#39;s own Steam Machine prototype, and despite it being only slightly larger than an Xbox 360, it still manages to cram in a massive Nvidia GTX Titan graphics card - an impressive feat indeed.&nbsp;Not only that, but the components are seperated into seperate compartments for improved cooling and air flow.</p> <p>Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, Steam Machines will vary in appearance, as manufacturers will naturally imbue their machines with their own design preferences.</p> <p>Valve&#39;s own reference Steam Machine lacks an optical drive, for example, but there&#39;s nothing stopping another manufacturer from installing an optical drive into its own Steam Machine, or swapping out a hard drive for a faster SSD.</p> <p>Valve will even release CAD files for its Steam Machine cases, just in case you want to make your own from scratch.</p> <p><strong>Update 05/12/13:</strong> Pixxl has revealed the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/pixxls-steam-machine-pc-will-hug-back-your-tv/news" target="_blank">Jetpack</a>, a SteamOS gaming PC that fits onto the back of your TV. Designed for TVs between 32in and 70in, the Jetpack packs in Core i7 processors and an Nvidia Titan graphics card, along with 1TB of SSD storage. It&#39;s available from 1st January, priced &pound;612.&nbsp;</p> <p>Specs-wise it offers a multicore AMD CPU and a dedicated AMD Radeon R9270 graphics card (which is worth US$180 on its own), along with a 500GB hard drive and Steam OS pre-installed. All that for US$500.</p> <p>The lack of Windows means that you&#39;ll be limited to Linux-compatible games only, but there&#39;s no reason why you couldn&#39;t install it yourself for full compatibility with all PC games.</p> <p><strong>Update 20/01/14:</strong>&nbsp;Valve&#39;s very own Gabe Newell has revealed in a <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/motorsports/comments/1v85hy/the_heart_of_racing_new_team_competing_in_uscc/ceqmaeq?context=3" target="_blank">Reddit AMA</a> that he would have no problem with loading EA&#39;s Origin service onto Steam Machines. This would open up the Linux-based OS to even more titles, which can only be beneficial to gamers.</p> <p>Valve employee Anna Sweet also <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/valve-is-looking-to-add-more-properties-to-the-steam-machines-1215506" target="_blank">confirmed</a> that the company wants to add music, movies and TV services to Steam OS before Steam Machines hit shelves.</p> <p>If Microsoft and Sony weren&#39;t already scared of Valve&#39;s upcoming PC army before, they certainly should be now.</p> <p><strong>Update 21/01/14:&nbsp;</strong>Valve has released a newer SteamOS beta which addresses numerous issues dedicated testers had with the first iteration.</p> <p>Setting up a dual-boot option should now be far less of a hassle than it was in the first iteration of the beta, and&nbsp;partition, recovery and DVD install support is also now included.</p> <p>Click <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse/discussions/1/648817378243644036/#p1" target="_blank">here </a>to take it for spin yourself. Happy gaming.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EFrL6-OhN94" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="639" height="400" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-os-2.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="639" height="400" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steambox-1-.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steam Machine specs – taken from Steam Community </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 300 prototype units will ship with the following components:&nbsp;</p> <p>GPU: some units with Nvidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660&nbsp;</p> <p>CPU: some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3&nbsp;</p> <p>RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)&nbsp;</p> <p>Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD&nbsp;</p> <p>Power supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold&nbsp;</p> <p>Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Music Steaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While SteamOS is still very much in beta, that hasn&#39;t stopped Valve from announcing <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steammusic#announcements/detail/1498873168009439000" target="_blank">Steam Music</a>.</p> <p>Steam Music takes the locally stored music on your PC and lets you play it directly in the Steam UI (or Steam&#39;s Big Picture Mode if you don&#39;t have a Steam Machine).</p> <p>Selected beta members will get access to the service soon, and a desktop version of the player is incoming.</p> <p>At the moment, you&#39;re unable to purchase or subscribe to music in the same way you can with subscription services like Google Play and Spotify, but this is definitely an exciting step in the right direction.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Steam Music" alt="Steam Music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-music.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A closer look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Images of the Steam Machine console have trickled out online from some of the 300 lucky beta testers who have received their units.</p> <p><a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/1swi29/the_steam_machinebox_came/" target="_blank">Reddit</a> user colbehr has kindly shared shots of everything from the packaging and instruction leaflet to the Steam Machine itself, and it&#39;s looking very sexy indeed.</p> <p>Smaller than a hulking gaming rig and littered with connections, this particular Steam Machine packs quite the gaming punch, with an Intel i5-4570 processor, 16GB of RAM and a beastly Nvidia GTX 780 graphics card with 3GB of video memory. Take that, next-gen consoles.</p> <p>Sadly there&#39;s no pricing information available for this setup, but seeing as the GTX 780 wil run you back &pound;400 alone, it&#39;ll be well outside the console price territory.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="911" height="683" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-machine-beta-1.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="911" height="683" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-machine-beta-2.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="683" height="512" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-machine-beta-3.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="911" height="683" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-machine-beta-4.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the Steam Machines </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first third-party Steam machines have <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valves-steam-machines-revealed/news" target="_blank">officially been unveiled at CES</a>, and they&#39;re going to arrive in a smattering of shapes and sizes. Here are some of the highlights:</p> <p><strong>Alienware</strong><br />Alienware&#39;s Steam Machine is probably the best-looking of the bunch, with its glowing angular corner and stealth black looks. Shame there&#39;s no pricing or spec information at this stage.</p> <p><strong>Digital Storm Bolt II</strong><br />The Bolt II packs in a Core i7 4770K processor, 16GB RAM and a GTX 780 TI graphis card, with a cavernous 1TB hard drive and a 120GB SSD. No wonder it costs US$2585.</p> <p><strong>Update 20/04/13:</strong>&nbsp;Dell has <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/15/alienware-steam-machine-september/" target="_blank">confirmed</a> that the Alienware Steam Machine will be released in September, hopefully with multiple configurations and different price points supported right off the bat.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/alienware-we-will-launch-new-steam-machines-every-year" target="_blank">Trusted Reviews</a>, Alienware&#39;s General Manager also stated that the company is planning to release a new Steam Machine every year. </p> <p>Although he suggested that gamers could customise options like processors and amount of RAM at launch, swapping out components like the graphics card later down the line will not be possible. Boo, hiss.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-steam-machine_0.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/digital-storm-steam-machine_0.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Falcon Northwest Tiki</strong><br />Falcon Northwest&#39;s Tiki comes in a perfectly hideous/stylish (depending on your taste) airbrushed case, and is the most expensive of the lot &ndash; starting at US$1800 and going all the way up to US$6000, depending on how you configure it. Yikes.</p> <p>The spec list includes a Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, up to 6TB storage and between 8 and 16GB RAM. In other words, it&#39;ll make mincemeat out of the Xbox One and PS4 when specced up to its full potential</p> <p><strong>iBuypower</strong><br />In the much more affordable camp, we have iBuypower&#39;s offering.&nbsp;US$500will net you an Intel or AMD quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, Radeon GCN Graphics and 500GB of storage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/falcon-steam-machine_1.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibuypower-steam-machine_0.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Origin PC&#39;s Chronos </strong><br />The Chronos&nbsp;will land in various configurations, starting with a Core i7 4770K, up to 32GB RAM, 2 6GB Nvidia Geforce GTX Titans and up to 14TB of storage. The price has yet to be confirmed, but with a fully-kitted out spec sheet, it&#39;ll likely be in sell-your-second-car territory.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/origin-steam-machine_0.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Steam Controller </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve&#39;s new controller is a mix between a traditional console gamepad and a laptop trackpad.</p> <p>It has two large clickable circular trackpads which Valve believes offers greater fidelity than traditional joysticks. There&#39;s also a clickable touchscreen nestled in the centre which can also display actions and additional controls.</p> <p>With 16 buttons in total, as well as the ability to reconfigure controls (useful for lefties), the open sourced hackable controller has certainly sparked our curiosity, and compatibility with existing Windows PCs is a plus too.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;Valve has released a video showing the Steam controller in action, with first person shooters and a real time strategy game being used to demonstrate the level of control offered by both trackpads.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news" target="_blank">Check out our Steam controller hands-on preview</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eeAjkbNq4xI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller_0_0.jpg?1391564716" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/controller-bindings_0.jpg?1391564716" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 16/01/14:</strong>&nbsp;Valve has revealed that it&#39;s planning to tweak the design of the Steam controller.</p> <p>While the dual trackpads will remain put, Valve is ditching the touchscreen as it believes it&#39;s redundant and distracting.</p> <p>Instead, Valve is implementing a feature called Ghost Mode. In essence, when you move your thumb over the Steam controller&#39;s touchpad, you&#39;ll see a &#39;ghostly image&#39; of your thum on-screen, allowing you to press the virtual buttons displayed there.</p> <p>Not only that, but Valve is also re-shuffling the ABXY buttons into a more familiar diamond shape which will make it easier for people to adjust to from the existing Xbox 360 controller.</p> <p>A directional pad might also be in the works, and Valve confirmed that it will run on standard AA batteries, though we hope there&#39;s an Xbox-like Play and Charge Kit in the works too.</p> <p>Lastly, Valve revealed that up to 16 controllers can be supported at once.</p> <p>We&#39;re going to need a bigger couch.</p> <p>[Image source - <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/15/5312452/steam-controller-ditches-the-touchscreen-for-better-backwards" target="_blank">@TheIneQuation</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="908" height="681" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new%20steam%20controller.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virtual whispers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Steam Machine could, at some point, also support virtual reality hardware similar to that of the Oculus Rift headset pictured above.</p> <p>While it sounds like a rumour fuelled by the wishful thinking of gamers, <a href="http://www.steamdevdays.com/?p=sessions" target="_blank">Valve itself</a> has fanned the flames by announcing that it will show off a prototype of what it thinks affordable virtual reality hardware will be capable of at its Developer Days conference next January</p> <p>Two virtual reality sessions called &quot;What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years&quot; and &quot;Virtual Reality and Steam&quot; have been scheduled for the conference, which strongly suggests that virtual reality is, at the very least an area which Valve is dipping its toes in, if it hasn&#39;t already changed into its trunks and jumped in behind closed doors already.</p> <p>Valve also stated that it will demonstrate Steam VR overlay software alongside its prototype, as well as specific changes to the Steam store to accommodate the new VR interface.</p> <p>Will the Steam Machine launch with a VR headset? It&#39;s too early to say, but it&#39;s definitely more than just wishful thinking at this stage. We guess the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/who-needs-3d-movies-zero-point-worlds-first-360-degree-film-oculus-rift-headset/news" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> will have to keep us busy until we find out more info...</p> <p><strong>Update 14/01/14</strong>&nbsp;Valve has launched the <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/250820/discussions/0/630802344730488459/" target="_blank">SteamVR beta</a> - an Oculus Rift-optimised version of Steam that&#39;s designed to take advantage of the Rift&#39;s virtual reality magic.</p> <p>Oculus Rift owners can try out the mode right now by starting Steam with &quot;-vr&quot; on the command line, followed by pressing the Big Picture button to enter the made-for-VR version of Steam&#39;s Big Picture mode.</p> <p>Once that&#39;s done you&#39;ll be treated to a large curved virtual display, which you can navigate with your head movements.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more news from Valve&#39;s Steam Dev Days event, where more will be revealed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature" target="_blank">Check out our Oculus Rift Crystal Cove hands-on review from CES</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-rift.jpg?1391527984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve is a notoriously secretive company (just try asking them when Half-Life 3 will be out), and it&#39;s keeping its lips tightly sealed regarding release dates and prices for the various Steam Machines. We&#39;ll be updating this preview with new information as and when we get it, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>Update 12/12/13:</strong> Valve has announced that gamers will be able to download Steam OS from 13 December. That&#39;s also the date when 300 lucky US beta testers will be receiving their Steam Machines ahead of the general 2014 launch, which still hasn&#39;t received a solid date.</p> <p><strong>Update 07/01/14:</strong> Valve has revealed a host of third-party <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valves-steam-machines-revealed/news" target="_blank">Steam Machines</a> at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="713" height="535" title="Valve Steam Machine" alt="Valve Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/valve-logo.jpg?1391564716" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third-party Steam Machine revealed </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review#comments CES 2014 Gaming Steam Box Valve Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:33:08 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427750 at http://www.stuff.tv Valve releases Steam Machine specs, freaks out PS4 and Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-releases-steam-machine-specs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re one of the lucky 300 beta testers hand-picked by Valve, this is what you have in store </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Valve releases Steam Machine specs" alt="Valve releases Steam Machine specs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/steam-controller_0.jpg?1381420722" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Valve has outed the specs for its range of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-reveals-steamos-first-three-announcements/news" target="_blank">Steam Machine</a> prototypes, giving us a first glimpse at the sort of firepower we can expect to see from the gaming service's launch hardware when it becomes publicly <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machines-coming-2014/news" target="_blank">available next year</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Specced to impress </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The specs below range from the machines equipped with the insanely mighty £770 Nvidia GTX Titan graphics card to the £160 GTX 660, with Intel i7, i5 and i3 processors thrown into the mix.</p> <p>The high-end Steam Machines will pack in a whopping 16GB of RAM, with 8GB for the lower end models.</p> <p>The 450w power supply unit is too low for a Titan, so we presume that high-end beta testers will be kitted out with a PSU that's a little more substantial.</p> <p>Each Steam Machine is fully customisable, from the&nbsp;processor and graphics card to the motherboard itself, just like a regular gaming PC.</p> <p>There is of course nothing stopping you from building your own Steam Machine and loading Valve's open source SteamOS onto it when it's released next year, and&nbsp;Valve will even release the sourse CAD files if you want to replicate the look of its Steam Boxes to the very last detail - case and all.</p> <p>Whether or not the average console game will be willing&nbsp;to&nbsp;fork out extra cash for a gaming PC with better performance and a quirky controller remains&nbsp;to&nbsp;be seen (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> is&nbsp;already&nbsp;considered fairly expensive at £430 after all), but we'll know for certain when SteamOS and Steam Machines are released next year.</p> <p>[<a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse#announcements/detail/2145128928746175450" target="_blank">Steam Community</a> via <a href="http://www.t3.com/news/steam-machine-specs-revealed" target="_blank">T3</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Valve releases Steam Machine specs" alt="Valve releases Steam Machine specs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steamos_0.jpg?1381420722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steam Machine specs – taken from Steam Community </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 300 prototype units will ship with the following components:&nbsp;</p> <p>GPU: some units with Nvidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660&nbsp;</p> <p>CPU: some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3&nbsp;</p> <p>RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)&nbsp;</p> <p>Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD&nbsp;</p> <p>Power supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold&nbsp;</p> <p>Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve Steam Machine specs revealed </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-releases-steam-machine-specs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-releases-steam-machine-specs/news#comments Gaming Steam Box Valve Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:02:08 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427572 at http://www.stuff.tv Touchscreen-equipped Steam Controller unveiled by Valve http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/touchscreen-equipped-steam-controller-unveiled-valve/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve rounds off week of product announcements with touchscreen- and trackpad-wielding gamepad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Steam Controller" alt="Steam Controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/steam-controller.jpg?1380645394" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We were hoping for Half-Life 3 and we got something a little less exciting. But only a little. Valve today rounded off its week of product announcements with the <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamController/">Steam Controller</a>, a gamepad it has designed to accompany its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-reveals-steamos-first-three-announcements/news">SteamOS</a>-running <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machines-coming-2014/news">Steam Machine</a> (and other PCs running the OS).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Southpaws rejoice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In total, the pad features 16 buttons, half of which are accessible without the user having to life his or her thumbs from the trackpads. The setup is totally symmetrical, which means left-handed players can flip controls for any game.</p> <p>In order to maintain compatibility with Steam’s existing game library, the controller features a legacy mode that essentially fools the games into thinking it’s a keyboard and mouse. Players can set their own button configurations and share them online with the Steam community, and the controller itself will be open and hackable, according to Valve.</p> <p>Valve says the controller will be sent out to the same 300 beta testers who receive a the prototype Steam Machine computer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Steam Controller bindings" alt="Steam Controller bindings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/controller-bindings.jpg?1380645394" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve reveals Steam Controller </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/touchscreen-equipped-steam-controller-unveiled-valve/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaming Steam Box Valve Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:21:40 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427177 at http://www.stuff.tv Valve: “Steam Machines” coming in 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machines-coming-2014/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A variety of SteamOS-powered gaming PCs are coming next year, but 300 lucky gamers will get a Valve-built prototype in 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Steam Machines" alt="Steam Machines" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/steam-machines.jpg?1380640267" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Valve has just made the second of its three announcements this week: <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines/">Steam Machines</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your quest for the first SteamOS hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Anybody can enter the pool to receive one of the (free) 300 beta boxes by completing an “Eligibility Quest” on Steam. To do so, they must join the Steam Universe community group, agree to the beta test terms and conditions, have at least ten Steam friends, create a public Steam Community profile and play a game using a gamepad in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve%E2%80%99s-big-picture-mode-launching-today/news">Steam’s Big Picture mode</a>. This must all be done by 25th October.</p> <p>30 or fewer testers will be chosen based on their past contributions to the Steam community, but the rest will be selected at random from those who have completed the above steps. So even if you’re not a Steam veteran, you still have a chance to get your hands on Valve’s SteamOS machine by the end of the year.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EFrL6-OhN94" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No spec or design info... yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve is remaining tight-lipped on the specs and design of its box but says it will reveal more “soon”. It will, however, be able to play any of the 3,000 games already on Steam, with “hundreds” already running natively on SteamOS and the rest available via in-home streaming. The company also say that the hardware will be open and upgradeable.</p> <p>You’ll also be able to build your own PC hardware and install SteamOS on it for free – but Valve hasn’t said when it’ll be available.</p> <p>Yesterday we wrote about why we think SteamOS will be the platform to finally bring PC gaming to the living room. You can read the article <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/steamos-why-next-must-have-console-might-be-pc/feature">here</a>.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Valve will make its final Steam announcement on Friday at 6pm UK time. Please be Half-Life 3, please be Half-Life 3, please be Half-Life 3...</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/steamos-why-next-must-have-console-might-be-pc/feature">Steam</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve takes on next-gen consoles with SteamOS-powered gaming PCs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Steam-Machines.jpg?1380640267" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machines-coming-2014/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaming Steam Box Valve Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:34:36 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427092 at http://www.stuff.tv