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Old 05-28-2014, 07:50 PM   #226
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:20 PM   #227
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In a Twitch presentation this morning at E3 2014, gaming PC manufacturer Alienware showed off the Alpha, a gaming PC designed for living room use. Slightly larger than a Wii, the Alpha will feature an Intel Core i3 Haswell CPU, 4 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, a customized Nvidia Maxwell GPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM, a 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gbps hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, and 11 (single-antenna) 802.11ac Wi-Fi. (Alienware didn’t specify the clock speed or how many cores the i3 CPU will have. Tom’s Guide reports it’ll be dual-core.) Check out the full specs below.

CPU Intel Core i3 Haswell dual-core (model number, clock speed unknown) RAM 4 GB DDR3-1600 GPU Customized Nvidia Maxwell w/2 GB GDDR5 RAM Storage 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gbps hard drive Networking
(Wired) Gigabit Ethernet Networking
(Wireless) 11 dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0 Ports 2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI in w/direct passthrough
1 x HDMI out (supports uncompressed 8-channel audio, 4k video) Operating System Windows 8.1 64-bit w/Alienware Alpha console-mode UI
Steam Machine-ready Peripherals Xbox 360 wireless controller (black)
Steam Controller-ready There also appears to be a TOSLINK optical audio port on the back, between one of the HDMI ports and the Ethernet port. Whether it’s for input or output is unclear.

You probably noticed the operating system listed is not SteamOS, but Windows 8.1 64-bit. That’s why the title describes the Alpha as a quasi-Steam Machine. With SteamOS pushed back to 2015, it seems Alienware has decided to substitute Valve’s Linux-based OS with the more conventional Windows 8.1. But since the Alpha is a PC and is “Steam Machine-ready,” installing SteamOS later (or even another OS) won’t be a problem. (Just remember to back up your saves, screenshots, and other data.) The Steam Controller will also be supported once released.
But in the meantime, will you have to contend with a keyboard and a mouse when running the Alpha in your living room? No. In fact, the Alpha will include neither. Instead, it’ll include an Xbox 360 wireless controller (which will be upgradeable to an Xbox One controller when ordering and may imply the Alpha will have a built-in Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver).
The Alpha (which Alienware refers to as a console instead of a PC) will include a custom UI designed for controller operation of the system. As Marc Diana of Alienware Business Development puts it, “a user will basically be able to log in and do everything that they need with just the controller.” Software Product Planner Justin Gray expands on this, saying:
What we are designing is an interface that is able to enable the user to do general Windows maintenance, to be able to modify things like network settings and Bluetooth settings, update the box, particularly with Nvidia drivers and Microsoft Windows updates, be able to take care of all of that, sort of a behind-the-scenes nature, and really drive them towards . . . in Steam, in Big Picture mode, because that’s where your games are, that’s where you’re gonna interact with your games. Drive ’em to that as soon as possible, and let everything else on that box just take care of itself.
The controller UI isn’t available to try right now, but it will be at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con.
Diana demoed the Alpha for Twitch, launching Steam in Big Picture mode and playing Dark Souls II. Running at 1600 x 900 resolution, the game ran at what appeared to be good, smooth frame rates, and it stayed that way even after bumping up the graphics settings from low to high (albeit with motion blur turned off, since Diana disliked the effect, and leaving the resolution at 1600 x 900). Since screenshots won’t convey the demonstration well, see it for yourself starting at the 00:20:38 mark. (The overall presentation begins at 00:14:22.)
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During the demo, Diana talked about the post-purchase upgradeability of the Alpha. The system can take up to a Core i7 Haswell CPU, 8 GB of RAM (dual-channel), 22 (dual-antenna) 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a 2 TB hard drive. SSDs weren’t mentioned, but since they use the same SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, installing one shouldn’t be a problem unless it exceeds the maximum height of the Alpha’s drive bay.
Aesthetically, the Alpha will feature two adjustable light-up areas: the Alienware alien head and a notched triangular corner, both on the front. Users will be able to choose from twenty colors and adjust the brightness.

The Alienware Alpha may technically not be a Steam Machine, but with its controller-focused living room design, it should be a Steam Machine in spirit until SteamOS is ready. The Alpha will sell for a suggested retail price of $549 USD. Alienware is aiming for a holiday 2014 release. For more information, keep checking Alienware’s website, Twitter feed, and Facebook page.
What are your first impressions of the Alpha? If you bought one, would you stick with Windows 8.1 or switch to SteamOS the first chance you get?
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:26 PM   #228
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Does anyone even really still care about a SteamBox?

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Old 07-23-2014, 05:56 PM   #230
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Updated Steam Controller adds an analog stick

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Ah, there it is. A new version of Valve's Steam Controller includes an analog stick on the left-hand side, replacing a series of four directional buttons previously in its place. The new controller design still has two circular track pads, four lettered buttons, bumpers and triggers, among other features included in previous iterations.

The new design shows up in the latest Steam client beta, as spotted by SteamDB and on the Facepunch forums (via Engadget).

We've tried out previous Steam Controllers in the wild, and found the latest version to be functional but awkward: "It's impressive that the Steam Controller can bounce between styles as disparate as 2D adventure and first-person puzzling, and its touch pads could become second nature over time, but it's definitely not going to provide a seamless transition from traditional controllers, at least not in its current state," our reviewer, Richard Mitchell, said.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:28 AM   #231
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So with every new iteration this gets closer and closer to looking more like a traditional gamepad which is what this thing didnt want to be

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Old 07-24-2014, 08:37 AM   #232
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if you look at some of the commentators from the older articles people were screaming for a analog stick in place's like Joystiq and some time game informer. other wise "they wouldn't touch the first two versions of it" as they claimed and now they put it there cause they( part of valve ) listened to those that said that back then .

People are complaining now that it's there and all I can say is interesting after seeing what was said formerly about that.


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Old 07-24-2014, 08:49 AM   #233
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I think its for the best bc the controller before looked stupid and nonfunctional. BUT with that said, the main reason Valve made it the way they did bc they wanted to innovate and move away from what people traditionally are used to yet they'e since added face buttons and now an analog stick. I dont know if they are caving under the pressure or finally realizing that their original vision just doesnt work. They were supposed to sell people on it and it seems ultimately they couldnt even sell themselves

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Old 07-24-2014, 08:54 AM   #234
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lol they did that to avoid hearing certain people say this look like the 360 cotroller or ps3 -4 & logic tech cotrollers and the words "I smell law suit" fallowing after those former words which most other console makers have been dealing with of late. yeah there's innovation and there's the real issue of someone finding an excuse to make money off of you cause of similarity's. it's in the news too often with the gamer side any way about a device law suit being settled.


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Devs would rather work for Valve than go indie, IGDA finds

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Given an open field, developers in the gaming industry would most want to work at Valve, according to the 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey conducted by the IGDA. The IGDA surveyed more than 2,200 developers to gather the top 10 most desirable employers in the gaming industry.

Valve tops the list, followed by "my own company," Activision Blizzard, BioWare, Ubisoft and "current employer." According to these results, the desire to go independent is alive and well in the industry, trumped only by what we assume is a deep need to know the status of Half-Life 3. See the complete list in the below press release. Continue Reading


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weird seeing it but it's interesting to see.

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