Valve's First Steam Machine Is $50 and It's Coming This Fall

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Been waiting for an officially endorsed Steam Machine? Well, here it is, sort of—the Valve Steam Link. It's a tiny, $50 micro-PC that seems to do absolutely nothing but pipe PC games in over a local network via Steam-in-home-streaming.


Want a Steam Controller? You can get that too, but it'll cost you an extra $50. Both will launch in November, but the barebones Link isn't the only official Steam Machine landing this year. Valve announced that new PC Consoles from both Alienware and Falcon Northwest are on the way, with yet more machines launching this fall. It's been (and still will be) a long wait since Valve promised to take over the living room at CES 2013, but it looks like it's finally happening.

Not good enough? Fine—Valve announced one other major thing at GDC today, but it's a bit of a tease: Source Engine 2 is coming. The next major version of the company's game development engine is news enough on its own, but last time the company released a development platform, it came with a new Half-Life game. Are we finally going to see the end of the trilogy? One can only hope. [Steam via SteamDB]


New Human Formantics

I posted this question earlier on Kotaku (I'm sure it's still in the greys), but I believe it bears repeating here: does anyone think Valve will expand on SteamOs/Big Picture's media abilities? Meaning, does anyone think they will add apps like Netflix, Hulu, or related programs natively to Big Picture? I'd be interested in picking up the Steam Link, but I'd rather not be forced to rely on Steam's internet browser or be forced to leave Big Picture mode to access the various media websites.