Steam Machine (hardware platform)

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Steam Machine is a line of pre-built gaming computers designed to operate Valve Corporation's SteamOS through the Steam client.wikipedia
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SteamOS

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Steam Machine is a line of pre-built gaming computers designed to operate Valve Corporation's SteamOS through the Steam client.
SteamOS is a Debian-based Linux operating system by Valve Corporation and is the primary operating system for Valve's Steam Machine gaming hardware platform.

Valve Corporation

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Steam Machine is a line of pre-built gaming computers designed to operate Valve Corporation's SteamOS through the Steam client.
In 2015, Valve entered the game hardware market with the Steam Machine, a line of third-party built gaming PCs running Valve's SteamOS operating system.

Steam (software)

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Steam Machine is a line of pre-built gaming computers designed to operate Valve Corporation's SteamOS through the Steam client.
The success of the Steam platform has led to the development of a line of Steam Machine microconsoles, which include the SteamOS operating system and Steam Controllers, and various virtual reality devices using SteamVR such as the HTC Vive.

Steam Controller

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To support the Steam Machine and SteamOS, Valve released the Steam Controller, a customizable game controller with touchpad-based haptic feedback.
Although the controller is designed for the Steam Machine platform, it can also be used with Steam on existing PCs.

Haptic technology

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To support the Steam Machine and SteamOS, Valve released the Steam Controller, a customizable game controller with touchpad-based haptic feedback.
In 2013, Valve announced a line of Steam Machines microconsoles, including a new Steam Controller unit that uses weighted electromagnets capable of delivering a wide range of haptic feedback via the unit's trackpads.

Linux

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Valve has indicated displeasure with the approaches that both Microsoft and Apple are taking with their respective operating systems, limiting what applications could be run, and upon the release of Windows 8 in 2012, Valve's CEO Gabe Newell called it "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space", and discussed the possibility of promoting the open-source operating system Linux that would maintain "the openness of the platform".
On December 13, 2013, Valve released SteamOS, a gaming oriented OS based on Debian, for beta testing, and has plans to ship Steam Machines as a gaming and entertainment platform.

Video game console

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Valve formally announced that it was considering developing a video game console near the end of 2012.
Notable competitors include the GamePop, OUYA, GameStick Android-based systems, the PlayStation TV, the NVIDIA SHIELD and Steam Machines.

Steam Link

Further, the Steam Machine makers felt that the Steam Link, produced by Valve, competed with concept of Steam Machines and was a much more cost-attractive product.
Steam Link is both hardware and software applications that enable streaming of Steam content from a personal computer or a Steam Machine wirelessly to a television set.

ZOTAC

Other vendors with Steam Machine prototypes include Alienware, Falcon Northwest, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac, Scan Computers, and Maingear, all of whom, except Maingear, showcased their prototypes at the 2014 CES show.
In 2015, ZOTAC created a Steam Machine called the NEN.

Gaming computer

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Steam Machine is a line of pre-built gaming computers designed to operate Valve Corporation's SteamOS through the Steam client.

Game controller

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To support the Steam Machine and SteamOS, Valve released the Steam Controller, a customizable game controller with touchpad-based haptic feedback.

Touchpad

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To support the Steam Machine and SteamOS, Valve released the Steam Controller, a customizable game controller with touchpad-based haptic feedback.

Windows 8

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Valve has indicated displeasure with the approaches that both Microsoft and Apple are taking with their respective operating systems, limiting what applications could be run, and upon the release of Windows 8 in 2012, Valve's CEO Gabe Newell called it "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space", and discussed the possibility of promoting the open-source operating system Linux that would maintain "the openness of the platform".

Gabe Newell

Valve has indicated displeasure with the approaches that both Microsoft and Apple are taking with their respective operating systems, limiting what applications could be run, and upon the release of Windows 8 in 2012, Valve's CEO Gabe Newell called it "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space", and discussed the possibility of promoting the open-source operating system Linux that would maintain "the openness of the platform".

10-foot user interface

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Prior to Valve's official announcement of Steam Machines, rumors of Valve's plan to get into the hardware market had developed in the industry throughout 2012, based on aspects such as the emphasis on the Linux operating system and the introduction of features like the 10-foot user interface "Big Picture Mode" for Steam which would be a necessary feature for a video game console.

Screencast

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He also envisions the software to enable screencast capabilities, allowing the single box to work with any monitor or television within the home.

Biometrics

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Newell stated that they would also likely develop controllers for the unit that integrate biometrics data from the player and options for gaze tracking, citing that the involuntary responses from the player are more useful than other forms of player input such as motion control.

Eye tracking

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Newell stated that they would also likely develop controllers for the unit that integrate biometrics data from the player and options for gaze tracking, citing that the involuntary responses from the player are more useful than other forms of player input such as motion control.

Motion control

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Newell stated that they would also likely develop controllers for the unit that integrate biometrics data from the player and options for gaze tracking, citing that the involuntary responses from the player are more useful than other forms of player input such as motion control.

Consumer Electronics Show

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At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, modular computer hardware company Xi3 Corporation introduced a prototype modular PC codenamed "Piston".

Modular design

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At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, modular computer hardware company Xi3 Corporation introduced a prototype modular PC codenamed "Piston".

South by Southwest

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Xi3 began taking pre-orders for the Piston Console at the 2013 South by Southwest Festival in March 2013, anticipating high levels of interest in the hardware with plans to release the unit for general purchase by the end of 2013.

Advanced Micro Devices

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Valve is also working with AMD to develop and certify hardware for future Steam Machines.

Haswell (microarchitecture)

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770, i5-4570, and i3