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Steam Machines, storefront and SteamOS

steam machines storefront linux and steamos games

Valve reacts to the changes in the storefront, Steam Machines, Linux and SteamOS. Since recently news regarding the change in the website and the hiding Steam Machines.

Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais outlines in this update:

Valve hides Steam Machines via website

valve hides linux based steam machines on the website

Valve hides the Linux and SteamOS, Steam Machines on the website. Since we were paroozing the site recently, it’s clear these listings have indeed changed.

Valve started introducing hardware partners for Steam Machines back in 2013. While announcing a protype Steam Machines in September. Then later in the year hundreds of such machines were in the hands of testers. So we then heard about multiple Steam machines, from Alienware, Gigabyte and Zotac in 2014.

SteamOS updated to Linux Kernel 4.1 and ready for launch


Valve is getting ready for the launch of the anticipated Steam Machines, on November 10. The #Valve #developers have been busy preparing the distribution of the SteamOS operating system for the machines. SteamOS as we all know is a Linux distribution based on Debian, its developers are pushing all the latest updates in time for the official #release of the Steam Machine’s.

The SteamOS Beta was made available just last week. Now all of the packages have been migrated to a stable branch, with the biggest and most vital update being the migration of Linux kernel 4.1 LTS branch. A migration that also brings in a few patches made by Valve.

According to the official announcement and change log, udebs from brewmaster is now being used rather than brewmaster_beta isntaller. Plus support was added for multiple overlay planes, the on-screen keyboard issue has been resolved, with several keyboard and mice showing up as joysticks that are now blacklisted.

  • debian-installer – use udebs from brewmaster rather than brewmaster_beta
  • debian-installer – bump ABI version to the new kernel
  • steamos-compositor – Add support for multiple overlay planes, fixing on-screen keyboard in new Steam Client Beta.
  • linux – Linux 4.1 from debian bpo + valve patches + ESRT
  • linux-latest – Linux 4.1 from debian bpo + valve patches + ESRT
  • linux-tools – Linux 4.1 from debian bpo + valve patches + ESRT
  • mysql-5.5 – CVE-2015-4792[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4802[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4815[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4816[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4819[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4826[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4830[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4836[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4858[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4861[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4870[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4879[cve.mitre.org] CVE-2015-4913[cve.mitre.org]
  • steamos-base-files – stop opting new installs into the Steam client beta, add /etc/udev/rules.d/51-these-are-not-joysticks.rules
  • fglrx-driver – updated to version 15.9, DKMS packages and firmware for Linux 4.1
  • firmware-nonfree – DKMS packages and firmware for Linux 4.1
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers – updated to version 352.55, DKMS packages and firmware for Linux 4.1
  • nvidia-support – latest to support NVIDIA driver
  • glx-alternatives – latest to support NVIDIA driver
  • tzdata – Latest upstream version

Details have been set for Steam Machine, the highly optimized gaming PC’s that are in fact ‘consoles’ and able to run a host of Steam games. Unlike typical gaming consoles, Steam Machines come in a variety of hardware configurations, with manufacturers making their own version. This leaves a greater deal of flexibility over typical consoles, making them upgradable. And almost all manufactures have upgradable options.

The official download link for SteamOS has been switched from alchemist to brewmaster and is now available for all.



Early Steam Machine preorders have sold out


As of now, Valve‘s first wave of pre-orders for the upcoming crop of hardware, has sold out. This deal that allows North American gamers to pre-order and get their hands on dedicated Steam equipment on October 16, has ended.

So if you missed the special pre-order deal, you will have to wait a full month to pick up Alienware’s Steam Machine, Steam Link or Steam Controller on November 10.

Valve announced the pre-order availability at the beginning of June, retailers would be taking pre-orders for Steam hardware under the early-release deal, and before long all those pre-order slots have been taken.

This does not mean you cannot still pre-order the equipment. The Steam store still allows you to reserve a Steam Link, Steam Controller, Alienware or Syber Steam Machine, but they will not be available until the November 10th release date.

Steam Machines run SteamOS, as we all know, the modified version of Debian Linux. With a taste of how SteamOS will function using the Steam for Linux client’s big picture mode, which is a console-type experience in and of itself. Valve is working with third-party vendors like Alienware and Syber to create new Steam Machines that boot straight into an optimized version of the Steam gaming client, capable of streaming games from another local PC.

The first Steam Machines, and their prices, began showing up on the Steam store in March, ranging from $450 to $1,500.


Valve has opened preorders for Steam Machines and other hardware


Valve has now launched pre-orders for a small selection of Steam Machines, these console-like gaming computers run on the Linux-based Steam OS. And while customers can preorder the Alienware Steam Machine through Steam or apparently GameStop. We also see the Steam Link, which is a slightly different unit, that let’s players stream games from a high-powered PC to other machines in the house. And of course the Steam Controller, Valve’s console gamepad. Which we are keen to check out ourselves.

Valve is expecting to release the first Steam Machines starting October 16th, according to their website. Meaning, anyone that preorder’s their unit should receive it somewhere around that time. As for retailers, it is expected they will start stocking the SteamOS powered units on November 10th, the PC gaming boxes start somewhere around $450. This is also the same date the Steam Controller and Steam Link in-house streaming device make their debut. Then other Valve hardware partners should start releasing their version of the Steam Machine. Which Valve’s ideal for creating more cohesive standard aside from Microsoft’s Windows and giving consumers an easier alternative to buying a console or building a PC.

While SteamOS is kept open, reviews and nay-sayers a still going on about the large portion of the games library not being available for the service on Steam Machines. Linux compatibility is becoming less rare for triple-A releases. This changing as we know it. And those big title developers are starting to see the demand for cross-platform support. Some are wising up to the ideal and others are holding back to see what will become of the Steam Machine itself. While things like the Steam Controller is fairly self-explanatory. This will be a make for a nice $50 wireless gamepad, using touchpads to emulate a keyboard and mouse. From what we have heard so far, reviews have mentioned this could be the next big wave of playing PC games from the couch. And from what we have seen, this actually works better than expected.

To combat the Linux available issue, gamers who own a powerful Windows gaming rig can stream games to the Steam Machine. So they have full support of their library. Which should make for some nice home-brew Steam Machines running SteamOS. As Valve is targeting full 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Which is the same technology that powers the Steam Link, which will only set you back $50 USD and could be the solution many gamers are looking for.

Preorders for the Steam Machines systems and other hardware are live now on Steam and through the retailer GameStop. Where you can also preorder the controller and the Steam Link.


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