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Steam Machines Are Back

When I heard Valve wanted to take over the living room, I didn’t believe it. When the rumours came true, I didn’t think it could be done. When Valve failed to deliver Steam Machines last year, I felt vindicated. Now, a year later, it’s happening. I’ve tried them. I’m about to eat my words.


HTC Vive: Virtual Reality That's So Damn Real I Can't Even Handle It

I saw the future today. I mean that. I got the chance here at MWC to try the new VR headset Valve and HTC are developing. Is it good? It’s absolutely incredible. This thing is just… my god you guys I can’t even.


Can A Mini-PC Replace A Console In The Living Room?

We have all been eagerly awaiting Steam OS and the inevitable flood of affordable console like mini-PCs that will let us play our existing library of games in the living room. The problem is Valve’s innovative new wireless controller is not ready, holding up the whole launch. Tired of waiting, some manufacturers have launched their own Windows based setups. But can they compete with your existing console?


Valve Is Getting Ready To Debut 'SteamVR'

You’ve got your Oculus Rift. You’ve got your Sony Project Morpheus. You’ve got your Microsoft Hololens. Which gaming heavyweight is missing? OK maybe Nintendo, but I’m talking about Valve, and Valve just announced it’s making “SteamVR”.


Turning The Alienware Alpha Into A Steam Machine

There’s nothing quite like the Alienware Alpha. For $699, it’s a competent Windows gaming PC. But it should have been the flagship Steam Machine. The Alpha was designed to be a Linux game console with a gamepad good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. As easy to use as PlayStation or Xbox, but with more games. That didn’t happen. So I set out to fix it.


Aussies Download From Steam At Under A Megabyte Per Second

Ever wonder why your download of DayZ or Fallout is taking ages? As a country, our average Steam download speed is 6.6Mbps, or about 0.825 megabytes per second.


Where Are All The Steam Machines?

One year ago, at CES 2014, Valve introduced a new kind of gaming PC, a Linux game console with a gamepad designed to be good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. 14 PC manufacturers were on board, each creating a Steam Machine in its own image. And then… crickets. What the heck happened?


Top Tips For Steam Big Picture Mode

We’re living in the future, yet you’re gaming like you live in the past. It’s time to get that gaming PC off your desk and into your lounge room, and Steam Big Picture Mode is the way to do it. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of it.


Our Favourite Big-Screen Media Centre Software For PCs

You don’t have to hunch over your PC monitor to watch YouTube, downloaded movies or TV shows. If you happen to have a PC connected to your big-screen TV, or even if you’re thinking of hooking one up, then there are a few choice pieces of media centre software for you to pick between and get a great cinematic experience.


Get Your Wallet Ready For Today's Steam Sales

Maybe it’s just me, but today I clicked onto the Steam website, just to have a quick gander through the sale. After the recent-ish redesign? It’s terrifying, all because of infinite scrolling. The bargains keep on coming and they absolutely will not stop until my wallet has been bled dry.