Valve Announces Steam Machines Release Info, The Steam Link Streaming Box, And Free Source 2 Engine

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Mar 04, 2015 01:54 PM EST

Announcements are coming out of GDC at rapid pace, and few were busier yesterday than Valve.

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The company revealed a host of new information last night, including a release window for Steam Machines, a new device called Steam Link, and the announcement of the Source 2 graphics engine.

Steam Machines are the "living room PCs" designed to give those without high-end rigs a way to comfortably play PC games on their TVs. The device has been talked about for a long time, and Valve has finally stated they'll hit the market in November 2015. They will start at the same price point as gaming consoles, but offer higher performance, according to Valve. The devices will come from a variety of manufacturers including Alienware and Falcon, and will come in multiple hardwarre configurations.

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Steam Machines will launch with a special controller and alongside a newly announced device, Steam Link, which allows you to stream your PC or Steam Machine in other places within your home at 1080p and 60Hz. Steam Link will cost $49.99, and will be available with an extra controller for an additional $49.99.

Valve also announced Source 2, the next iteration of the graphics engine that brought you Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike Source, is on the way for free.

"The value of a platform like the PC is how much it increases the productivity of those who use the platform. With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity. Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not for just the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games," said Valve's Jay Stelly. "We will be making Source 2 available for free to content developers. This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform." 

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