Your Big, Expensive Steam Machine is Actually Worse Than Windows for Games

Benchmarking tools running on identical hardware show there's quite a sizeable difference in performance when running games under SteamOS and Windows 10, with the new gaming specific OS somehow doing a worse job of it all. Read More >>

Steam Machine UK Buying Guide: The Best PC Gaming Consoles For Your Living Room

Amid all the excitement surrounding the release of Fallout 4, you can be forgiven for completely missing another huge nugget of gaming news. The first of Valve’s long-awaited Steam Machines have landed in the UK, and they’ve done so unusually quietly. We've rounded up the best Steam Machines available in the UK right now, which you can find below. First, here's some buying guidance. Read More >>

Steam Online PC Gaming Store Invading Brick-and-Mortar GAME Shops

If you can't beat 'em, join em, as the old adage goes. And, when it comes to selling PC games, there's not much point in GAME competing with the heavily-discounted Steam store from Valve, which has pretty much sewn up PC game retail with its download shop. Read More >>

Steam Machines are Back

When I heard Valve wanted to take over the living room, I didn't believe it. When the rumours came true, I didn't think it could be done. When Valve failed to deliver Steam Machines last autumn, I felt vindicated. Now, a year later, it's happening. I've tried them. I'm about to eat my words. Read More >>

Valve’s First Steam Machine is Coming this Autumn

Been waiting for an officially endorsed Steam Machine? Well, here it is, sort of: the Valve Steam Link. It's a tiny, $50 (UK pricing TBA closer to launch) micro-PC that seems to do absolutely nothing but pipe PC games in over a local network via Steam-in-home-streaming. Read More >>

Where Are All The Steam Machines?

One year ago, at CES 2014, Valve introduced a new kind of gaming PC: a Linux games console with a gamepad designed to be good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. 14 PC manufacturers were on board, each creating a Steam Machine in its own image. And then... well... what the hell happened? Read More >>

Alienware Says Alpha is Still in Alpha

The Alienware Alpha is smaller and more powerful than an Xbox 360 or PS4, but the £449 Windows-powered game console shipped a little half-baked. Not to worry, says Alienware: updates are on the way! "We're in the alpha phase of Alpha," admits the company. Read More >>

Alienware Alpha Review: Close, But No Game Console

The Alienware Alpha sounds awesome. It's smaller and more powerful than the PS4 and Xbox One. It doubles as an actual Windows PC! But be warned: it's not as easy to use as a game console, not as foolproof. It's not nearly the slam dunk I was hoping it would be. Read More >>

This is Alienware’s Steam Machine

It feels like everyone has Steam Machine to tout these days, and Alienware is no exception. But not all Steam Machines happen to look like an evil TiVo from the future like the Alienware X51 does. Alienware's been selling computers with Steam pre-installed for years, but they go whole-hog with this bad boy late 2014. Configurations and pricing to vary, but yeah, it'll run Crysis. [Alienware] Read More >>

“Gordon” and “Freeman” Steam Box Prototypes Look a Lot Like a White PS4

They may be set to land alongside madcap touch-powered controllers, but it seems the Steam Box PC gaming consoles themselves will sport a more traditional design. A pair of Steam Box prototypes from iBuyPower have surfaced and they look like white PS4s, if anything. Read More >>