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Alienware will release its Steam Machine console, called Alpha, this year for $549 with Windows 8.1 instead of Valve's SteamOS. The console will feature a custom interface that integrates with Steam.
Valve has announced it has pushed back the launch of its Steam Machines efforts from the fall of 2014 to sometime in 2015, stating the need to make improvements to the Steam Controller.
Valve has officially launched Steam In-Home Streaming, allowing users of its Steam service to stream games to other computers on a home network - even to low-end and home theater PCs.
In a new article on plans to launch Steam Machine PCs based on Valve's SteamOS, an executive at Dell's Alienware unit claims its product will be the "least profitable system we ever sell."
A new report says that Valve will officially launch its Steam Controller product sometime in October or November, which if true means the first Steam Machines could be out soon afterward.
Valve has officially revealed the new design for its Steam Controller, which ditches the original's touchscreen in favor of two oval buttons that surround a Steam logo button in the middle.
Alienware has now said its upcoming Steam Machine PC can in fact be upgraded by their owners, but adds that it won't be as easy to do so, compared to its normal Windows desktops.
Valve announced today that the number of accounts on Steam went up by 10 million in just three months to reach 75 million. Alienware also announced plans to launch its Steam Machine in September.
Valve's reveal last week at CES of the first wave of Steam Machines that will run SteamOS was a major letdown. The company should start small instead of allowing third parties to flood the market.
Only 300 people were selected to test Valves take on the future of a home entertainment gaming platform. One of those testers is also a Neowin regular, and we are allowed to share it with you.
The team at the iFixit website has torn down one of Valve's prototype Steam Machines and said that the parts in this unit cost about $1,300. It also gave the prototype a high repairability score.
One of the 300 people who got Valve's prototype Steam Machine this weekend has been busy posting a series of videos showing the unboxing of the device, along with a tear down and running benchmarks.
As promised, Valve has released the first public version of its Linux-based SteamOS, which will be installed a number of third party Steam Machines that go on sale in 2014.
Valve has announced that it has selected the 300 beta testers that will be getting prototype Steam Machines, with those units shipping to the lucky recipients on Friday.,
iBuyPower has confirmed that it will be one of the companies that will release a Steam Machine, using Valve's SteamOS, and has shown off images of one of their prototypes.
The first images showing off the prototype Steam Machine that Valve is sending to 300 beta testers have been revealed and Valve will have more Steam Machine announcements at CES 2014 in January.