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Dell has announced the official launch of its new Steam Machine in the UK, priced from £449. The device promises to "extend a traditional PC gaming environment into a console-like experience".
Dell will be releasing Steam Machine on November 10th, and they sent Neowin a unit to review ahead of the launch. Until then, enjoy some quick impressions and photos of the box.
With Windows 10, Microsoft is working to make it easier for developers to build virtual reality games and apps by baking the functionality into the OS and standardizing the input methods.
The HTC Vive VR headset built-in collaboration with Valve is now being shipped to randomly selected developers out of those who had registered for the development kits.
Valve is now allowing developers to ban players from their Steam games if they cheat or misbehave within a game. It's difficult to predict what kind of impact this will have on the service.
Valve programmer Jeep Barnett says that a lot of game franchises are being tested with the company's new headset developed in collaboration with HTC, one of these includes Half Life.
HTC has finally revealed the VR headset they had been working on with Valve; called HTC Vive, it promises to offer a "full room-scale" experience, and developers will get to play with it at GDC 2015.
Half-Life 3D confirmed? Not quite, but the company behind Steam is ready to unveil its VR project that its been working on for the past few years. We'll also see new controllers and devices.
To make Valentine's Day a day to be remembered even among (single) gamers, Steam is conducting a massive 'Co-Op Sale' allowing people to save money on select multi-player games up to 85% off.
Steam's broadcasting service is now available for everyone and despite its beta tag it is more polished than it was just a month ago. You can now watch your friends' or strangers' gameplays.
Valve is expected to make an announcement soon; while most of you will hope for 'Half-life 3', unfortunately it is not that. Instead, the company might finally unveil the Steam Controller
Controversial mass murdering game, 'Hatred' was removed from Steam Greenlight yesterday which sparked a lot of discussion. The game has now returned to Greenlight thanks to Gabe Newell.
A controversial game with a dark theme has been removed from Steam Greenlight campaign only after a couple of hours. The reason? Motiveless violence is all that has to be done in the game.
Evidence has been found in the latest beta release of Steam, suggesting that Valve is planning to introduce support for movies, TV shows, plugins and music in a future update to its gaming platform.
The International 2014 with a prize pool of nearly $11m comes to an end, crowning Newbee as the new champion of the Dota2 championships and declaring ViCi gaming as second best.
In a recent interview, Alienware's product manager, has expressed that Linux gaming would increase by as much as 30 fold with the introduction of Steam Machines which run on the Linux-based SteamOS.
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.
Minh Le, co-creator of Half-Life mod Counter-Strike, and former employee of Valve, says that the company "is working on" Half-Life 3, adding that he has seen concept art of the game in development.
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."
NVIDIA has confirmed that it has now released Android versions of both "Portal" and "Half-Life 2" exclusively for its Shield portable game console, priced at $9.99 each.
NVIDIA has announced that the Android port of Portal, made epecially for the company's Shield portable game console, will be released next week, and teases that Half-Life 2 is next.
Epic Games has released Unreal Engine 4.1 to its $19 a month subscribers. It adds support for making games for the Xbox One and PS4 consoles, along with support for Linux and Valve's SteamOS.
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.
The FBI has charged three men for a series of cyber attacks against computer systems used by Microsoft and other companies and used them to get early builds of Xbox 360 and PC games.
NVIDIA has announced it has cut the price of its Shield portable Android game console to $199 until the end of April and also revealed plans for an Android version of Portal made for the device.
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.
Monitor your wireless network and be alerted when a new, unknown device is connected. The program performs an initial scan during which all devices found are classified as "unknown".
Valve recently enabled Steam Family Sharing functionality for all Steam users. Sharing your game library with another user (or vice versa) is rather complicated but Neowin is here to help.
Valve CEO Gabe Newell has responded to a claim that its anti-cheat software records a user's DNS data, saying that is not the case and added, "Do we care what porn sites you visit? Oh, dear god, no."
Jason Holtman, the former business director at Valve who was hired by Microsoft in August to lead PC gaming development at the company, has now left Microsoft, according to his LinkedIn page.
Valve has sent out the first invites for people to try out the closed beta of Steam Music, which will add a local MP3 music player to the Steam client as well as Valve's SteamOS.
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 has released a new version of its SteamOS beta ISO that adds support for older BIOS-based PCs, along with better dual-booting features, custom partitioning and more.
Alienware plans to launch new versions of its Steam Machine PC each year, but their model won't be able to be upgraded like most of the other third party Steam Machines.
Valve demoed its virtual reality technology today and company reps said that VR hardware for consumers could be ready within two years. Valve has no VR device plans of its own at the moment.
Valve is currently in the process of sending out more invites to the beta of their Steam in-home streaming functionality. Beta users have reported a wide range of issues.
A report from Valve's Steam Dev Days event claims the company has decided not to put a touchscreen in the middle of its final retail Steam Controller after all in favor of a D-pad and ABXY buttons.
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.
Microsoft's Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten said in a new interview he is "not sweating it" when it comes to Valve's push to put Steam Machines in the living room to compete with the Xbox One.
Valve set to release virtual reality software development kits that will provide developers and gamers with a standardized user interface for virtual reality gaming.
The CEOs of ORIGIN PC and Falcon Northwest talk to Neowin about their plans to launch Steam Machine PCs that will have Valve's SteamOS installed and why they think it will be good for PC gamers.
Valve has announced that 14 companies have plans to release Steam Machines in 2014, using SteamOS. However, many of these PCs will offer options for dual booting with a Windows OS.
Valve modifies its Steam Family Sharing program to reign in potential access to users' game libraries and protect users from potential account infractions.
The latest Steam hardware survey numbers from December show that over 20 percent of users have either Windows 8 or 8.1 installed on their PC, or about one in every five of Steam's 65 million users.
I offer some predictions for what I think won't happen in 2014 in the tech industry, including the fate of Steam OS and Steam Machines, the launch of Google Glass and more.