Beyond PS4, Xbox One: GeForce Experience Gets Twitch; Beta SteamOS Still Very Minimal; Oculus Rift Competition Comes Along

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By Gel Galang | December 23, 2013 1:17 PM EST

SteamOS has been available for download for the public but it seems better to wait out for the next version of the operating system instead of immediately downloading the beta version.

So far, the impressions from various sources have shown that there is still work to be done before the SteamOS beta can even be the promised OS from Valve.

PC World did a quick browse through of what Valve's SteamOS has to offer, and has found a number of things that may make you want to wait for a more updated and user-friendly version. First off, installing the SteamOS may be fun for those who know what they are doing, but a bit confusing to those who are not as savvy with the technology.

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For one, Valve has warned that you would need another hard drive to use in case you don't want your current one wiped of data.

Another thing to take note of is that not all of the features in the SteamOS have surfaced on the beta version. The report states that family sharing and game streaming are not yet allowed, though there are limited use that will allow you to see the extent of the feature.

Game Streaming would have been the feature most people would like to see, since it is the one with the most promise. Given that this feature is the one that promises gamers that they'll be able to run two computers at the same time while playing games.

Bu the good thing about it, according to Stuff.tv is that you can expect to have something like a high-end smart TV when using the SteamOS. But more than that, it's almost a multimedia approach to the entire context of entertainment and gaming, but one that cannot yet be seen in the beta version.

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Another competition for Oculus Rift

When it comes to the industry of virtual reality head-set display, the Oculus Rift is the first and most popular name that comes to mind. After all, they seem to have been the progenitors of the technology, even though a number of samples and prototypes have already been seen circulating in gaming.

Besides Sony's planned VR rumoured to come out sometime next year, another brand that's looking to tap into the VR gaming devices is Avegant. But what's interesting about this brand is that it already has the prototype created, and even the pricing down pat for its release in 2014.

According to Kotaku, Avengant's own Virtual Retinal Display will be available for $499, Perhaps the main difference of Avegant's Glyph device works is that it works in two ways.

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The first is that it can be used by having two small LCD screens close to your eyes so that it will not strain the eyes in the way that Oculus Rift is said to do. This way, you can use it for gaming and 3D movies. The second way to use it is though audio mode in the way of headphones.

"As we are focused on making sure it works with as much content as possible, we've designed our built-in wireless headtracker to map to a standard mouse control. This has allowed us to play virtually any game that uses the mouse to control the camera, which is a lot of games," said Avegant CEO Edward Tang, to Kotaku.

For now, Glyph will be coming to public light, come the Consumer Electronics Show  on January 2014, and may go up against more than just the Oculus Rift by then.

GeForce Experience gets Twitch Streaming

Twitch streaming will now be part of Nvidia's video capture software ShadowPlay. This has been put to effect after the latest GeForce Experience update.

According to AusGamers, the new update now allows users to make use of the hardware encoder found in the GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series graphics cards to stream.

"We are excited to work with NVIDIA to make Twitch live streaming available to GeForce Experience users. ShadowPlay is revolutionary, providing high quality streams with almost no noticeable performance impact for our users," said Brook Vandusen of Twitch to AusGamers.

To enable Twitch streaming with the GeForce graphics card, you simply need a Twitch account and at least 0.75 Mbps of Internet speed.

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