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Sharing Steam games coming soon?
With all of the news about DRM and sharing your games everywhere with Microsoft’s screw up, Sony’s digs, and Microsoft’s 180, it seems like Steam decided to (possibly) try something new!
In the source code of the new beta version of Steam, there is something called “Shared game library,” while it’s not very clear as to what that is, it suggests you’ll be able to let your friends play games when you’re not playing them, and you won’t have access to them when they are playing. With most new Steam features though, there’ll probably only be a few titles in the beginning that’ll take advantage of this feature.
Even though this is exciting news for PC gamers, we don’t want you to get your hopes up. This is a beta version of the software and can be removed or be something totally different in the end. We’ll keep you updated!

Sharing Steam games coming soon?

With all of the news about DRM and sharing your games everywhere with Microsoft’s screw up, Sony’s digs, and Microsoft’s 180, it seems like Steam decided to (possibly) try something new!

In the source code of the new beta version of Steam, there is something called “Shared game library,” while it’s not very clear as to what that is, it suggests you’ll be able to let your friends play games when you’re not playing them, and you won’t have access to them when they are playing. With most new Steam features though, there’ll probably only be a few titles in the beginning that’ll take advantage of this feature.

Even though this is exciting news for PC gamers, we don’t want you to get your hopes up. This is a beta version of the software and can be removed or be something totally different in the end. We’ll keep you updated!

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Valve and Xi3’s ‘Steam Box’ codenamed Piston, early specs detailed at CES

The “Steam Box” modular computer announced by hardware maker Xi3 and Valve at CES is codenamed “Piston” and is modeled after the PC maker’s X7A line of pint-sized computers, Xi3 reps tell Polygon.

Xi3 brought an early version of Piston to CES, but was tight lipped on details about the hardware currently in development with Valve. Xi3 chief marketing officer David Politis told Polygon that Piston will offer up to 1 TB of interal storage and offer modular component updates, including the option to upgrade the PC’s CPU and RAM.

Xi3 wouldn’t discuss price for Piston, but commented that the Steam Box is based on its “performance level” X7A offering, which is priced at $999. Xi3 declined to comment on what would differentiate Piston hardware-wise from a standard X7A.

Xi3 also offers the entry level X5A, which is priced at $499 with a Linux operating system.

The demo unit of Piston featured an IO board boasting one ethernet port, 1/8” audio in/out, SPDIF optical audio, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports (with one dedicated to keyboard input), four eSATAp ports, two Mini Display Port ports and one DisplayPort/HDMI port.

(via: theomeganerd)