From the ashes of its high-profile bankruptcy filing and mass layoffs in 2012, OnLive's new CloudLift service has risen. After almost two years of silent reconstruction, OnLive's CloudLift builds upon its existing service, but instead of trying to replace the games on your PC with a cloud-based alternative, CloudLift detects the games installed on your machine to provide streaming access from virtually any device.
The Steam Family Sharing feature allowing users to share their libraries with each other has left beta and is now available for all users, Valve announced today.
Family Sharing allows a user to authorize up to 10 devices and five accounts to access any of the games in his or her Steam account. Users need to be online in order to play a shared game and have access to the entire library of a user sharing games, with some exceptions -- games that use CD keys or third-party services like Origin or Uplay may not be supported. DLC can be played right alongside the base game, but only if that game is not owned by the guest. In other words, you can't borrow DLC for a game you own through Family Sharing.
We've seen the Steam controller, we've seen the hand-built prototype PCs that went out to 300 lucky beta testers, but when it comes to the Steam Machines you'll actually be able to buy, Valve has remained silent. Thankfully, tonight at CES, Valve and its hardware partners revealed a staggering range of consumer-grade Steam Machines coming later this year. With performance, size, and price varying largely across 13 different models, there's a lot to take in. So, here's a handy recap of all the hardware announced by Valve tonight from Las Vegas.
On the first night of official Steam Machine announcements from Valve, we received 13 different pieces of hardware. And while there are some similarities between all of them, each one features some unique characteristics. The Alternate Steam Machine, for example, kind of looks like a subwoofer.
During Valve's presentation at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Gigabyte announced its own entry in the Steam Machine hardware line-up, the Brix Pro. The super compact design of the Brix Pro definitely lends itself to sitting next to your HDTV, while the 1TB HDD offers plenty of room for storing Steam OS games.
Valve unveiled a horde of distinct Steam Machines from a variety of manufacturers at its CES event today, including this one from Materiel.net.
Valve showed off 13 models of its Steam Machine from various manufacturers at its CES Press Conference today, and Zotac's tiny model was revealed to have an RRP of $599 USD.
Out of all the Steam Machines announced by Valve at CES in Las Vegas, Scan Computers' NC10 has to be one of the thinnest. The Steam OS-ready device looks more like a portable HDD than a powerful PC, but that may prove just the right form factor is you're looking to buy a Steam Machine to blend in with your home theater setup.
Over a dozen versions of Valve's Steam machine were announced at today's CES 2014 presser –– among them was the Webhallen machine, complete with a starting price range and hardware specs.
The Webhallen machine's price range starts at $1,499 USD –– as far as the recently revealed Steam Machines go, this is one of the more expensive choices. The Webhallen starts with an Intel Core i7 CPU and an NVIDIA GTX 780 GPU.
Monday was a big night for Valve at CES in Las Vegas. When the Steam creator announced plans to unveil a line-up of third party partners for its upcoming Steam Machine hardware--they weren't messing around. 13 different partners were announced, including custom PC builders Falcon Northwest and its comparatively pricey Tiki machine.
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