Sixteen years ago, you needed a reasonably powerful computer to run Counter-Strike. Now you can play it on a damn smartwatch, although you’ll need to bring a pretty lose definition of “play” along for the ride.
When I talked to Valve about the Steam controller earlier this year, they told me they were manufacturing the divisive hunk of owl-shaped plastic in their own machine factory, one of the biggest in the nation. Here’s what the process looks like.
Valve's first Steam Machine—the one they'll be sending out to 300 beta users later this year—will be a super-high-end machine. And the specs are crazy impressive.
Game controllers have buttons because they offer a much precise control than, say, the surface of an iPad. But Steam—the company who has a chance at challenging Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo for the game console supremacy—has decided to switch buttons to trackpads. It just appears to be really stupid.
Steam is the most popular electronic desktop game distribution method in the planet. So popular that its developers think it will be a great idea to make a Steam Box, a custom gaming and media PC that will connect to your TV and compete with the Xbox One or the PS4.