A festive celebration of Steam sales and excellent moustaches

A festive celebration of Steam sales and excellent moustaches
Spring 2014 can't come quick enough

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Then suddenly, this happened.

Oh yes, it's that time of year again. Valve's annual Steam Holiday Sale has begun, with more daily deals and "Flash Sales" than you can shake a Weighted Companion Cube at. And the even better news is that it will run until January 3, so you'll be able to get a fair bit of mileage out of that Christmas money.

But that's not the only reason we've been talking about Valve this week. The limited number of Steam Machines have been shipped out and we've been getting stuck into Steam OS, Valve's Linux-based operating system.


Look at this lovely thing you can't have yet

You can go read our hands on review of the beta, in which we said: "Forget the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 - Valve's SteamOS is the biggest shake-up to the gaming industry yet, a free operating system that allows gamers to roll their own machines. It's still very much in the nascent stages of development, and the beta isn't exactly easy to use, but as a proof-of-concept it's intriguing and potentially monumental."

Meanwhile, keen to get into the real guts of the Steam Machine, the team at iFixit got themselves one of Valve's boxes and gave it a good old teardown. If you plan on trying this at home, just remember that there's no repair manual available right now.

(We hope) you won't be pulling your Xbox One or PS4 apart in the same way, so instead we've covered the ins and outs of both consoles for you in our conclusive 2013 console verdict.

We moustache you to watch this

Nintendo dropped a new trailer for Mario Kart 8 this week, and it got us a little bit excited. The teaser shows off some new courses including one in an airport, one in the clouds, and one with, err, cakes.

More importantly, check out the awesome moustache physics at 0:13. That's some real next-gen stuff right there.

More talent joins Oculus

Finally, it was yet another week of great news for Oculus Rift, as the VR team bagged former EA executive David De Martini. Previously in charge of brokering partnerships at EA, De Martini will assume a similar role at Oculus as its head of worldwide publishing.

"I'm figuring out how to partner effectively with big developers, small developers, all the way down to the individual who just wants to make something great for the Rift," he said.

It's the icing on the cake for a year that's seen Oculus Rift move from SD to HD, pick up Doom legend John Carmack and even get itself two votes in TechRadar's "Innovation of the year". [CVG]

So with that we'll wish you a merry little Christmas. And don't forget: when you open that copy of European Truck Simulator 2 under the tree this year, just remember to grin and be thankful. It's not actually that bad...

Hugh Langley

Hugh Langley is the ex-News Editor of TechRadar. He had written for many magazines and websites including Business Insider, The Telegraph, IGN, Gizmodo, Entrepreneur Magazine, WIRED (UK), TrustedReviews, Business Insider Australia, Business Insider India, Business Insider Singapore, Wareable, The Ambient and more.

Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider covering Google and Alphabet, and has the unfortunate distinction of accidentally linking the TechRadar homepage to a rival publication.