CES 2014: Steam Machines, Virtual Reality, More Gaming News

The annual Consumer Electronics Show begins today in Las Vegas, and this year gamers should take note. CES 2014 is the stage where Valve will further unveil its plans to bring PC gaming to the living room with Steam Machines.

Today at 5 p.m. Pacific, Valve will hold its CES 2014 press conference. It’s unclear how specific Valve will get (release windows, pricing) but we do know Gabe Newell and crew will announce its official Steam Machine hardware partners.

Engadget claims it has already confirmed a full dozen third-party hardware companies that will be making Steam Machines, including:  Alienware, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac and Scan Computers. A number of those companies, including iBuyPower, will be showing off their Steam Machine prototypes at CES, so it’s possible we’ll actually get more details from them than from Valve.

The Oculus Rift team will also be at CES this year and they’re bringing the latest version of their virtual reality headset to the show. Expect effusive praise for the device and more than a few awards. When we tried the previous model Rift at E3 2013, we were absolutely blown away.

A couple other bits to take note of at this year’s CES: Sony’s press conference is also at 5 p.m. Pacific today. Sony hasn’t revealed what it will announce, but given we’re so close to the November launch of its biggest hardware product, the PlayStation 4, we expect some PlayStation news. It’s unlikely but possible Sony will be reveal its own long-rumored Oculus Rift competitor, the PlayStation virtual reality headset.

We’ll also be keeping an eye on Intel, who will give media early access to its booth at 7 a.m. Pacific tomorrow.

For a full schedule of CES 2014 events, check out the official website, and get ready for some exciting news in gaming this week.

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