Hands-on press coverage of Steam Machines and the Steam Controller !

Several press web sites are reporting today about SteamOS, Steam Machines, and the Steam Controller. They came to Steam hardware HQ recently and spent some hands-on time with all three. Here is a roundup of their coverage: 

http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/11/valve-steam-machines/?cid=co13996514 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/11/04/valves-steam-machine-is-the-anti-console-heres-what-its-like-to-play/ 

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-11-04/valve-lines-up-console-partners-in-challenge-to-microsoft-sony 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/4/5063760/we-try-the-steam-machine-valves-video-game-console-of-the-future 

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/04/how-valve-engineered-the-perfect-controller 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/04/valve-steam-machine-hands-on/ 

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2022180559_briercolumn04xml.html 

Also, here are some photographs that we shot recently of the Steam Machine prototype and Steam Controller: 

  

  

  

  

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Steam Controller Demonstration !

Here’s a quick look at some games being played with the prototype version of the Steam Controller — the same version that we’ll be shipping to 300 Steam users later this year. We’ll post more demonstrations like this soon, including footage of some other game developers using the controller to play their own games. http://steamcommunity.com/groups/stea…

Steam Machines will use AMD Graphics too !

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Valve Announces ‘Steam Machines’ Beta ! !

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Here’s how to make yourself eligible to win one of the first 300 Steam Machines:

THE HARDWARE BETA ELIGIBILITY QUEST:
Before October 25, log in to Steam and then visit your quest page to track your current status towards beta test eligibility
3. Make 10 Steam friends (if you haven’t already)
4. Create a public Steam Community profile (if you haven’t already)
5. Play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture mode

That beta “quest” will be open until October 25.

Steam Box Coming in 2014 ?

Looks like we will see a Steam Box in 2014   !?!  We will have to wait and see !

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Quote “Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads.This year we’ve been working on even more ways to connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room.Soon, we’ll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam. “

Steam Family Sharing Beta Soon !

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Coming Soon: Players who share computers can also share their Steam games

September 11, 2013 – Steam Family Sharing, a new service feature that allows close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games, is coming to Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC, Mac, and Linux games and software. The feature will become available next week, in limited beta on Steam.

Steam Family Sharing is designed for close friends and family members to play one another’s games while each earning their own Steam achievements and storing their own saves and application data to the Steam cloud. It’s all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.

“Our customers have expressed a desire to share their digital games among friends and family members, just as current retail games, books, DVDs, and other physical media can be shared,” explained Anna Sweet of Valve. “Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests.”

Once a device is authorized, the lender’s library of Steam games becomes available for others on the machine to access, download, and play. Though simultaneous usage of an account’s library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

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EA and Valve in late-stage talks to get Battlefield 3 to Steam

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According to an anonymous report BF3Blog received from inside Valve, the developer/publisher is currently in late-stage talks with EA in bringing Battlefield 3 to the Steam digital distribution service. The rumor says that Battlefield 3 would be available on Steam just in time for the game’s release on October 25.

 

According to the report, EA and Valve are very close to reaching an agreement regarding sales of DLC content, which is the main reason Battlefield 3 is not on Steam: Valve requires that all DLC is sold through Steam, while EA would prefer to sell via its own channels. This was the cause of another EA title, Crysis 2, for being pulled from Steam earlier this year.

 

Many PC gamers have lobbied both EA and Valve to put Battlefield 3 on Steam for a while now. It looks like it’ll finally happen soon.