Hands-on with Valve’s Steam Machine

Consoles, steam-machine-hands-onbeware: this year, the PC is making a push for the living room. And Valve Software is leading the charge.

Last year Valve announced the Steam Machine, a system designed to let people play games traditionally locked on PC monitors in the comfort of their living rooms. The company showed a bit more of its hand at CES 2014, announcing 13 partners who will be creating Steam Machine hardware and giving press some hands-on time with the controller.

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Valve debuts Steam Controller, a gamepad with no thumbsticks

On steam-controllerMonday, video game powerhouse Valve Software introduced an operating system based on its Steam digital distribution service. Then on Wednesday, it announced hardware that would run that OS in the living room. So it wasn’t a big surprise when the company’s third mystery unveiling this week was a controller for that system.

Until we saw the thing.

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