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Game Console Shipping With SteamOS + Android

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Published on 08 January 2014 06:42 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
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Back in October I wrote about an Android gaming console looking to support SteamOS. That development gaming console, iConsole.tv, is now shipping out secondary drives to developers of their console's development kit with SteamOS support.

iConsole.tv isn't an official Steam Machine, per the list of Valve's 12+ hardware partners, but they are sending out secondary hard drives that contain SteamOS for those using their "Unit 00" kit. New consoles will ship with dual drives: one for Android, one for SteamOS.

Christopher Price of iConsole.tv wrote in an email to Phoronix, "Just before departing for CES, we announced that we are shipping second hard drives to our entire fleet of developers using our iConsole.tv Developer Kits, Unit 00. We have done this to add formal support on our end for SteamOS. Game developers can now dual-boot SteamOS and Android on one development platform. We achieve this support by assisting our developers with installing the drive, and then walking them through installing SteamOS. Our developer relations team personally assists each developer set up SteamOS on their Unit 00. While we are not currently a Valve partner (as you may have noticed from today’s news), we’re certainly continuing the conversation."

Public confirmation of iConsole.tv being upgraded with SteamOS support can be found via this blog post.

The iConsole.tv Android + SteamOS game console ships with an overclocked Intel Haswell CPU with Iris Graphics, 8GB of RAM, dual Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, and dual 500GB hard drives. There is no word yet on pricing once this dual-OS living room console reaches production, which is supposedly sometime soon.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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