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Linux-based Steam OS may add support for Windows games

Valve’s SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system built around the popular Steam gaming platform. Valve announced SteamOS to much fanfare a few years ago, but things have sort of fizzled out since then. There aren’t many “Steam Machine” computers available for purchase, most Steam users continue to run Windows, and many of the games available […]

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Zotac NEN Steam Machine has Skylake CPU, NVIDIA graphics

Zotac’s first Steam Machine gaming PC will feature an Intel Core i5-6400T quad-core Skylake processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics. The Zotac NEN SN970 Steam Machine also features 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and four HDMI 2.0 ports. The computer runs Valve’s SteamOS software and the whole thing measures about 8.3″ x 8″ […]

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Smach Zero: $300 handheld Steam Machine game console coming in 2016

The first gaming computers designed to run Valve’s Steam OS should begin shipping this fall. Want a Steam Machine that’s a bit more portable? The Smach Zero is a handheld game console that looks a bit like a PlayStation Portable, but it has an x86 processor, Steam OS software, and Steam Controller-style buttons and configurable […]

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Linux updates: Steam OS 2.0, OpenSUSE 42, Ubuntu 15.10 Alpha 1

It’s a busy week for operating system news. Sure, Microsoft is continuing to roll out test builds of Windows 10, while Apple users continue to test pre-release builds of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. But there’s also been some interesting developments in the GNU/Linux world. The first alpha release of Ubuntu 15.10 is […]

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The first Steam Machine gaming PCs coming in October, up for pre-order now

SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system designed around Valve’s popular Steam game platform. It’s been in development for a few years, and you can download and install a beta version of the software on your own computer to create a Steam Machine. But if you want to buy a PC with SteamOS pre-installed, well, now you […]

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Zotac introduces Steam Machine SN970 gaming PC

The first computer/game consoles running Valve’s SteamOS should begin shipping in November. Valve calls the systems Steam machines, and says about a dozen partners will be launching models. One of those partners is Zotac, which just unveiled the Zotac Steam Machine SN970, a small form-factor gaming PC that will ship with SteamOS. The SN970 features an […]

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Alienware Alpha is a tiny gaming desktop for $549 and up

Alienware is thinking small these days. Not only did the company recently launch a portable gaming laptop, but now the company is taking pre-orders for a small form-factor gaming PC that you can use in the home office or living room. The Alienware Alpha isn’t much larger than a game controller, but it’s a full-blown Windows […]

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SteamBoy could bring PC gaming to your pocket with a handheld Steam Machine

The first Steam Machines gaming computers featuring Valve’s SteamOS operating system are expected to launch in 2015. But if you thought SteamOS was only designed to bring PC games to the living room with the help of gaming desktop PCs, the folks behind the SteamBoy hope to prove you wrong. They’re working on a handheld […]

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Valve’s Steam Machines gaming PCs launch pushed back to 2015

Game maker and gaming platform operator Valve says the first Steam Machines gaming PCs will probably launch in 2015, not this year as had been expected. The company is developing a Linux-based operating system called SteamOS which is tied to the company’s Steam game store, as well as a Steam Controller game controller which is designed to make […]

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Lilbits (1-23-2014): Talking to Chrome

Google Android users can search the web or launch actions on their phones or tablets by tapping a microphone icon and then speaking. If you have a Google Nexus 5 or other supported device you don’t even have to tap — just say “OK Google” to get started (when you’re on the home screen). A […]