Half Life: Alyx is the next big thing from Valve. Fans have been longing for Half Life 3 for more than a decade and rumors stating that Valve was about to release a triple A title (which would be a new Half Life) earlier this year – in May – along with the launch of their Index VR Kit – were then put to test.

A couple of days ago a new Half Life game was indeed announced. It’s not HL3.

Half Life: Alyx is a VR title compatible with all PC- based VR- sets and takes place between Half-Life and Half-Life 2 during the invasion of The Combine.

Players will controll Alyx Vance, seen in Half-Life 2 where she was the closest ally to Gordon Freeman.

You’ll need at least a GeForce GTX 1060 and of course a VR-set to be able to play. It’s free for Valve’s Index VR owners and it’s intended to launch on Steam March 20, 2020.

List Of All Steam Machines

Hey everyone.
I am excited about the Steam Machines rolling out during this year and today is the last day of the CES expo 2014. An user on neoGAF has made a thread with a list of all upcoming Steam Machines.
Go in and check out the specs and possibly price range of the upcoming hardware.
Link: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=746353

What Is Steam Machine?

A Steam Machine is a PC with components that meet Valve’s minimal performance requirements to run Steam OS – Valve’s open source Linux-based operating system that’s designed and optimised for gaming.

In essence, there’s nothing separating a Steam Machine from a regular PC; you could install Windows on it if you wanted to and still access Valve’s packed games library on the excellent Steam store. Valve has already released an update which optimises Steam for the big screen, and Steam OS will take this experience much further.

The only thing that makes a Steam Machine a Steam Machine, then, is the sticker of approval that Valve slaps on it – indicating that it meets their minimum requirements.

While those exact requirements remain a mystery, Valve has released the specs of various low, mid and high-range Steam Machines, which it will send out to 300 lucky beta testers.

The full specs below feature processors and graphics cards which vary in power, and the price and performance differences between them can be massive.

The least powerful graphics card – the GTX 660 – will set you back £160 and is a close equivalent to the graphics cards found within the next-gen consoles.

Compare that to the Nvidia GTX Titan with its £770 price tag and ability to play games at above-full HD resolutions on multiple monitors, and you begin to get an idea of the degree of variation and power that PC gaming (and therefore, Steam Machines) have to offer.

The Verge spent some time with Valve’s own Steam Machine prototype, and despite it being only slightly larger than an Xbox 360, it still manages to cram in a massive Nvidia GTX Titan graphics card – an impressive feat indeed. Not only that, but the components are seperated into seperate compartments for improved cooling and air flow.

Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, Steam Machines will vary in appearance, as manufacturers will naturally imbue their machines with their own design preferences.

Valve’s own reference Steam Machine lacks an optical drive, for example, but there’s nothing stopping another manufacturer from installing an optical drive into its own Steam Machine, or swapping out a hard drive for a faster SSD.

Valve will even release CAD files for its Steam Machine cases, just in case you want to make your own from scratch.

Source article: http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review