Valve's Steam Machines Will Officially Launch In November

"Steam Machines will start at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance," Valve said in a press release today. Well, OK then. » 3/03/15 7:05pm 3/03/15 7:05pm

Where Are All The Steam Machines?

One year ago, at CES 2014, Valve introduced a new kind of gaming PC, a Linux game console with a gamepad designed to be good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. 14 PC manufacturers were on board, each creating a Steam Machine in its own image. And then... crickets. What the heck happened? » 1/13/15 4:16pm 1/13/15 4:16pm

Bummed Tester Explains Why He Couldn’t Love Valve’s Steam Machine

Only 300 people have gotten to test out the Steam Machine that Valve itself is making. After six months with one of the hotly anticipated high-powered gaming PCs, one such man made a video talking about his experience with it. Watch it. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll ask "why, why, why? » 9/23/14 3:00pm 9/23/14 3:00pm

Arcade Classic Gauntlet Is Getting A Remake

First released in 1985, Gauntlet was a genre-defining arcade dungeon crawler. Now, it's being re-released for PC, in the form of a top-down co-op action RPG, all prettied up and modernized for a new audience. » 3/17/14 9:30am 3/17/14 9:30am

Stuff got 12 of the 13 Steam Machines due for release this year together, took them apart and tested them out. Then got them all together for this family photo. Check it out for rundowns (and 360-degree gifs) of every machine except Valve's own unit. » 3/16/14 10:30pm 3/16/14 10:30pm

Adam Orth Is Turning His Personal Disaster Into A Beautiful Game

Adam Orth, one of last year's most notorious people on the Internet, was nervous last week as he was showing me his new creation: a beautiful, unusual game that he says was borne from his 2013 travails. » 2/10/14 2:00pm 2/10/14 2:00pm

You Can Upgrade the Un-Upgradable Steam Machine. But it's Not Easy.

Alienware, purveyor of pre-built PCs of all shapes and sizes, has recently revealed their plan to introduce yearly upgrades to their model of Valve's PC-slash-console-hybrid Steam Machine, justifying the decision by saying that their machines will not be upgradable. Turns out, that's not quite the case. » 1/23/14 6:00am 1/23/14 6:00am

One Steam Machine Can't Be Upgraded, Is Basically A Steam Console

The whole point of Valve's Steam Machine idea is that it bridges the gap between consoles and PCs. All the benefits of the PC in a simpler case. One company, however, is slanting a little too heavily towards the console side of the gap. » 1/21/14 4:45pm 1/21/14 4:45pm

Steam Machines Can Support Up To 16 Players In The Same Room

The Steam Machine's controller - and that's a prototype shot of its new design up top - isn't designed to be a loner. Indeed, if developers want to push the limits, it'll be part of a multiplayer experience not seen in almost a decade. » 1/16/14 12:02am 1/16/14 12:02am

My Favorite Steam Machine So Far Is Barely Larger Than A Sandwich

Maingear's Steam Machine didn't make it into Valve's brochure. At 4.5 x 4.23 x 2.34 inches and weighing less than a pound, it's pretty easy to miss. » 1/06/14 9:30pm 1/06/14 9:30pm

Origin's Steam Machine Has That Set-Top Box Look

Origin Systems' entry in the Steam Machine market would look right at home atop your television, if we hadn't advanced to the point where such a thing requires tremendous balancing skills. The Chronos looks like my brother's stereo in 1989. I can dig it. » 1/06/14 9:00pm 1/06/14 9:00pm

Why Gabe Newell Isn't Worried About The Xbox One

Sitting at Valve's CES conference in Las Vegas today, one inquisitive audience member couldn't help but ask...is Valve worried about keeping up with Microsoft's momentum, having just announced 3 million units already sold? » 1/06/14 8:33pm 1/06/14 8:33pm

The Steam Machine most likely to transform into a 90s robot. CyberPowerPC's newly-announced Steam Machines, due out in the second half of 2014, start at $499 and look like the ski boots I wanted to buy in high school to build a robot costume. More info should be available on their confusing website later today. » 1/06/14 12:38pm 1/06/14 12:38pm

The First Liquid-Cooled Steam Machine

Some Steam Machine makers are attempting to create small form factor gaming machines powered and priced competitively to the latest generation consoles. Starting at $1,899, Digital Storm's liquid-cooled Bolt II is not one of those. » 1/06/14 12:00pm 1/06/14 12:00pm

The Steam Machine: Unboxed and Taken Apart

Valve recently sent 300 lucky gamers some prototype Steam Machines, and people are already getting to uploading pictures and video unboxings of the things online. » 12/16/13 10:40am 12/16/13 10:40am

Let's See What's Inside A Steam Machine (And How You Swap Stuff Out)

Valve's Steam Machine may have its eyes on your living room, but it's not a console. It's still a PC at heart, so if you're curious how easy it's going to be to open one up and swap out/upgrade parts, take a look at this. » 12/15/13 8:00pm 12/15/13 8:00pm

Steam Machine Beta User Trying to Find All 300 of His Lucky Brethren

Just 300 people in the U.S. were selected to participate in the Steam Machines beta, which shipped boxes to folks beginning on Friday. They know which number they are in the beta by looking at the row of 300 ventilation holes on the top of the unit and finding the position of the single countersunk hole on theirs. » 12/15/13 11:00am 12/15/13 11:00am

Valve's Steam Machine Delivered To Homes, Gets Unboxed

As promised, the lucky beta testers of Valve's own first-party Steam Machines are starting to get their consoles...computers...whatever. Here are a couple of unboxings, showing off not only what they get in the box, but also a pretty snazzy shipping case. » 12/14/13 5:02pm 12/14/13 5:02pm

Say Hi To The $1500 Steam Machine

Valve might be aiming for the living room with its idea of the Steam Machine, but that doesn't mean every "console" released in the family is going to be small and cheap. Digital Storm's third-party offering, for example, is going to cost a ton. » 12/11/13 11:03pm 12/11/13 11:03pm