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    Valve announces Steam Machines, coming in 2014 from multiple hardware manufacturers

    On Monday, Valve announced SteamOS, a free Linux-based OS for living room gaming PCs. Today, it revealed part two of its plan to expand PC gaming beyond the desktop: Steam Machines. Beginning next year, multiple SteamOS systems will be available from different, unnamed manufacturers. “There will ultimately be several boxes to choose from, with an array of specifications, price, and performance,” says the Steam Machines announcement page.Prior to launch, Valve is testing its own “high-performance prototype.” Later this year Valve will ship 300 of these systems to Steam users for testing. Eligibility for the beta is earned by—yep—completing a Steam metagame. You’ll need to join the Steam Universe community group, agree to the Steam Hardware Beta Terms and Conditions, have at least 10 Steam friends, create a public Steam Community profile, and play a game with a gamepad in Big Picture mode.
    Valve’s announcement ends with a hint about input devices. Steam Machines will accept mice, keyboards, and gamepads, of course, but Valve mentioned that it will “have some more to say very soon on the topic of input,” a possible indication that the final announcement on Friday will reveal a new controller or living room-friendly mouse and keyboard setup. Valve has previously discussed experiments with biometrics and unconventional input systems.
    Hard details on system specs and performance weren’t revealed by Valve. The FAQ does reveal that the SteamOS source code will be free to download, and that the prototype machine will be completely open and customizable, meaning the OS and hardware can be swapped out, and testers are free to “use it to build a robot.”
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    So it seems like they made deals, I am suprised how MS couldn't block them out, really want to know what companies they are. That may not affect big sony but it is really a hard slap to Ms.
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    Microsoft can't block them out it's an open platform, now that Steam's on Linux it's an open OS too! The PC market is very volatile and Microsoft are having lots of problems as of late. First Windows 8, then Office 2013, and now probably Windows as a sole gaming platform.

    The next few years is going to be interesting.

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    How could MS block them out? Hardware and Linux have nothing to do with them. MS know they have the PC gaming market safe. For now. You can be sure they are keeping a close eye on old Gabe though

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    So is this like the steam box or piston or is this something else?


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    Q. Will I be able to build my own box to run SteamOS?
    A. Yes.

    Q. Can I hack this box? Run another OS? Change the hardware? Install my own software? Use it to build a robot?
    A. Sure.


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    They missed out an important question: Can I use this box for world domination? The answer better be a resounding yes!

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    I am sure Ms will try/tried to pc manufacturers give a SteamOS built in pcs/laptops away. This is a definitely an attack to the heart, and you guys expecting Ms to act lightly about this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingo View Post
    I am sure Ms will try/tried to pc manufacturers give a SteamOS built in pcs/laptops away. This is a definitely an attack to the heart, and you guys expecting Ms to act lightly about this?
    Nothing they can do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingo View Post
    I am sure Ms will try/tried to pc manufacturers give a SteamOS built in pcs/laptops away. This is a definitely an attack to the heart, and you guys expecting Ms to act lightly about this?
    Two words for you: Open platform.

    Microsoft in a way has nothing to do with PCs, the only people that have anything to do with PCs are the hardware manufacturers and Microsoft doesn't have anything to do with it. If things were to get iffy then your main three would be Intel, AMD and Nvidia - if any of those three started to do anything like this then they would be hit by European law with unfair marketing and segmentation (which has happened to Intel countless times and Microsoft too on the software side of things).

    SteamOS and Hardware most likely won't make people move away from Linux, the developers however if they see this take off will start to develop for Linux. If that starts to happen then you'll start to see a gradual shift towards Linux, the only question is how many people will migrate across or how many people actually know of Linux or still think it's too hard to use?

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    [QUOTE=Varsh;6210491]Two words for you: Open platform.

    Microsoft in a way has nothing to do with PCs, the only people that have anything to do with PCs are the hardware manufacturers and Microsoft doesn't have anything to do with it. If things were to get iffy then your main three would be Intel, AMD and Nvidia - if any of those three started to do anything like this then they would be hit by European law with unfair marketing and segmentation (which has happened to Intel countless times and Microsoft too on the software side of things).

    I doubt the EU would do anything because they would have to be monopolising the market
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    Exactly and what has Microsoft done? Monopolise the market by including IE, WMP and other software as standard without giving the option to uninstall it. This has only been going on since XP when IE was "integrated" into explorer thus forcing you to keep it and use it. Microsoft are still paying off this fine and it's mounting up year on year. That's just one of many instances of MS forcing a product on you to remove competition.

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    it's funny because this website doesn't support IE well...you'd think it was the opposite.

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    Not mny things support IE well anymore because Microsoft still want to change the net to the way they want it, well news to them, Web 2.0 has made IE obsolete so get with the programme!

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