A complete in-depth Q&A on Steam Machine pricing, specs, release dates, and more!
Final versions of Valve’s highly anticipated Steam OS (officially written "SteamOS") and Steam Machines that run it aren’t even out but the misinformation and the company’s legendary opaqueness have created perhaps one of the most misunderstood tech projects in recent memory. There’s simply been so much misinformation that even we can’t keep up with what’s actually fact and what’s fiction at this point. So to help you keep up on current events, we’ve tried to cull all of the relevant SteamOS and Steam Machine information into one single in-depth FAQ.
Best of CES 2014: Steam Machines, Razer’s Project Christine, and more
The dust has settled on this year’s CES and we are glad to report that the PC rocked the show. The highlight of the event was Valve’s official unveiling of 13 Steam Machines and many of the small form factor chassis look awesome and we can’t wait to try them out. It wasn’t all about SFFs, however. CyberPower’s lunch-box shaped Battle Box PC proved that there is still plenty of room for innovation with larger cases. And then there were new innovative PC gaming devices like the updated Oculus Rift and PrioVR virtual reality suit. In addition, the biggest surprise of the show was Razer’s highly modular Project Christine PC.
14 partners revealed at CES 2014 who are manufacturing official Steam Machines
Valve showed off units and hardware specifications at CES 2014 this week with prices ranging from $499 all the way up to $6,000. In the list were units manufactured byDigital Storm, CyberPowerPC, and iBuyPower that were already revealed prior to CES 2014.
Everything you need to know before installing Steam OS
Valve recently released its Beta version of SteamOS, based on the Debian distro of Linux. Naturally, we were intrigued by its release and wanted to take the new OS for a test run. We’ve put together a guide on how to install the operating system, and also provide you with our hands-on impressions of Valve's software.
NOTE: Before beginning, we highly recommend that you back up everything on your system before attempting to install SteamOS, as the installer in this guide will erase your entire drive.
Valve’s operating system is coming out December 13
Prototype Steam Machines will ship out on December 13 to 300 lucky users with the Steam Controller and Linux-based SteamOS in tow. For everyone else, Valve has announced that SteamOS will be available for download once the prototypes ship.
The first pictures of Valve’s prototype Steam Machine are surprising to say the least. With a chassis that’s absolutely miniscule—for a system with a GTX Titan and standard desktop processor—it seems that Valve has been busy designing a custom case with a plastic shroud that ensures that each component in the machine is separate from the rest.
Valve has just announced some concrete details about their custom-made Steam Boxprototype. The company has built a completely custom enclosure that will house a “high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts.”
The Free Software Foundation filed suit in U.S. District Court today, alleging that networking giant Cisco violated FSF copyrights by not giving its users the ability to share and modify the open-source software it uses as the basis for some of its hardware. That's a mouthful, so here's what happened: According FSF, the company found that Cisco was using a GNU-licensed version of Linux to power its firmware. Only, Cisco wasn't giving its customers the full access to the source code that the GNU license specifies as a condition of use!
We'd slay zombies all day just for the heck of it, but turns out you can earn some sweet rewards for putting down the undead. Steam (and Xbox 360) achievement points, to be exact. Valve Software has hooked us up with the official full list of Left4Dead's 50 game achievements, which can be earned on both the Survivor and Infected side (in Versus mode). Among our favorites in the list? "Zombie Genocidest", which requires that we kill 53,595 common infected zombies, and "101 Cremations", which you earn by setting 101 infected on fire with the molotov cocktail. Hit the jump for the full list!
Edit: There are actually only 50 achievements, not 52.