The term Steam Machine is something we’ve been hearing for a while now, but the actual real Steam Machines are only coming out now. A Steam Machine is meant to bridge the gap between a console gamer and traditional PC gamer. It brings the Steam experience and Steam’s vast library of games to the living room. Even if you are a traditional PC gamer there are times you just want to sit in front of the TV and play some games. Many people have already done this by building their own HTPC system, but these are bulky and more often than not underpowered. Steam Machines are designed to be smaller than most current-generation consoles, which means you can easily add them to your home theater setup. A true Steam Machine is powered by SteamOS and comes with an official Steam Controller. Today we are looking at Alienware’s Steam Machine (model: ASM100-2980BLK) which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB of memory, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1 TB hard drive. Come on this adventure with us as we see what Alienware’s Steam Machine and the SteamOS is all about.
Valve has just kicked off a new sale on Steam. It is the Stealth Game Sale, which features 64 stealth-based games that will be on sale for a limited time. Some of the noticeable titles are Dues Ex, Assassin’s Creed II, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, FarCry 4 and more!
In the latest DOTA 2 update there is a new text file called hl3.txt, which inside makes mention of ziplines, squads, citizens, NPCs and VR. Naturally when this was discovered it led certain portions of the internet to completely lose their shit thinking that it was a clue to Half-Life 3 actually coming out.
At GDC Valve has announced a new product called Steam Link that will come out later this year. This product is “designed to extend your Steam experience to any room in the house” according to the official announcement from Valve.
Dota 2 broke the 1 million mark for concurrent users this past weekend. That means that there were over 1 million people actively playing the game according to Steam. This is the first game to break the 1 million concurrent user mark on Valve’s Steam client.
Taking a page from Twitch.tv Valve has launched Steam Broadcasting allowing Steam users to broadcast their games and watch other gamers who are broadcasting. The very public beta of Steam Broadcasting was launched yesterday and it is built right into the Steam client. You also have the ability to watch games via your browser through the Steam community right now.
It looks like people really want Half Life 3. A new project has hit the IndieGogo crowdfunding site seeking $150,000 to pressure Valve into finishing the “game we’ve dreamed about for all these years”. The money raised will not go to any type of game development, but for a media blitz that will target Valve and its employees.
Yesterday Valve launched the Steam Discovery Update which they say “introduces new functionality and features designed to optimize the Steam shopping experience as the number of new titles on Steam increases.” Steam has also announced that their user-base has increased to over 100 million active accounts!
Valve has been working on their own Steam Machines for quite some time now. This process has gone through many live tests and beta units that have lead to changes and refinements a long the way. Valve wants to deliver a powerful and stable console-like experience on the PC platform. This of course is going to take a lot of time.
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