The First 14 Steam Machines Revealed

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The average consumer may still be unclear on exactly what Valve is up to with its SteamOS, and broad strategy for not one, but an entire lineup of Steam Machines, but the cat is officially out of the bag. After releasing their first-party prototype machines to early beta testers, Valve unveiled their range of 13 Steam Machines set to arrive throughout 2014.

With manufacturers ranging from Origin to Alienware and everything in between, the variety represents a range from affordable to elite, and details on the technical specs should give any potential buyers plenty to pour over.

The first Steam Machine prototype designed by iBuyPower got tongues wagging, and while the dozen new entries may not all be as visually impressive, they give a sign of just how much variety can be expected. Read on for more details on each.

Alienware Steam Machine

Claimed by Valve boss Gabe Newell at CES 2014 to embody “the full potential of what a Steam Machine should be,” it is no surprise that Alienware’s offering is one of the most visually striking, not to mention one of the most compact gaming rigs available from the company. Dell’s gaming division is also planning to release a Steam Machine version of its X51 Desktop PC later this year.

It may be early days for the partnership between Valve and Alienware, but Newell is already spouting serious praise:

“We have been working with Alienware since we began defining our vision of the Steam Machine…Alienware’s historic commitment to gaming, their design and engineering capabilities and their global reach made them an ideal partner for us on our Steam Machine project.”

Further details on specs and price have yet to be revealed, since the box won’t be sold until “late” 2014. Alienware doesn’t seem the type to come in at a lower price tag, and Valve’s top billing implies that hardcore gamers may want to start saving.

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iBuyPower Steam Machine

Swapping out the white and yellow color scheme witnessed prior to its reveal, the iBuyPower Steam Machine appears to be built to take on home consoles more than any other entry on this early list. Fitting squarely between the PS4 and Xbox One in terms of size, and priced at $500, iBuyPower’s box may be the closest gamers will get to the PC-home-console that many first assumed the Steam Box to be.

Specs:

  • Price: $500
  • Quad Core AMD or Intel CPU
  • Radeon GCN graphics card
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD

The company has revealed that they had hoped to also reveal a second Steam Machine shipping with Oculus Rift integration. The VR peripheral isn’t quite ready, but from price point to appearance, iBuyPower is clearly not in this race to be trailing the pack.

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Digital Storm Bolt 2 Steam Machine

The Steam Machine most likely to take a run at the “high-end yet affordable” title, the Bolt II from Digital Storm comes with a price tag over $2,000. The higher asking price means the PC comes with both SteamOS and Windows to maximize offerings, and is clearly built with the future in mind – specifically, 4K gaming.

A point made clear by Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development in the Bolt II’s press release:

“We are not looking to compete with console pricing… We’re taking aim at the high end of the market, targeting consumers that demand the best possible gaming experience and who are looking for a PC capable of playing any title on their new 4K display.”

Specs:

  • Price: $1,900 +
  • Intel Core i7 4770K
  • GTX 780Ti
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB HDD + 120GB SSD

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Origin PC Steam Machine

The Origin PC Steam Machine revealed today is just one of two that the manufacturer plans to release as part of its Chronos line, with pricing and a release date still unannounced. The machines have been designed with customization in mind, but are off to a strong start given this particular box’s specs.

Specs:

  • Price: n/a
  • Intel Core i7 4770K 3.9+ GHz
  • MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC
  • 8GB RAM
  • 8GB + 1TB SSHD

Both systems will ship with the ability to run both SteamOS and Windows 7 or 8.

Details or release information for much of the surrounding range has not yet been released, but we’ll update as more information becomes available.

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Maingear Spark Steam Machine

Maingear Spark Steam Machine.

Specs:

  • Price: n/a
  • 3.1GHz AMD A8-5575M
  • Radeon R9 M275X
  • “up to” 16GB of DDR3L RAM
  • Support for 256GB SSD

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CyberPowerPC Steam Machine.

Cyberpower PC Steam Machine

Specs:

  • Price: $499+
  • AMD/Intel Core i5 CPU
  • AMD Radeon R9 270/Nvidia GTX 760
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB

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The Falcon Northwest Tiki.

Specs:

  • Price: $1799+
  • Nvidia GTX Titan
  • 8+GB RAM
  • “up to” 6TB

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Webhallen Steam Machine.

Webhallen Steam Machine

Specs:

  • Price: $1499
  • Intel Core i7 4771
  • Nvidia GTX 780
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB SSHD

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Next Spa Steam Machine.

Next Spa Steam Machine

Specs:

  • Price: n/a
  • Intel Core i5
  • Nvidia GT 760
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB

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Materiel.net Steam Machine.

Materiel Net Steam Machine

Specs:

  • Price: $1098
  • Intel Core i5 4440
  • MSi GeForce GTX 760OC
  • 8GB RAM
  • 8GB+1TB SSHD

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Alternate Steam Machine.

Specs:

  • Price: $1339
  • Intel Core i5 4570
  • Gigabyte GTX 760
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB SSHD

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Scan NC10 Steam Machine.

Scan Steam Machine

Specs:

  • Price: $1090
  • Intel Core 93 4000M
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB

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Gigabyte + Brix Pro Steam Machine.

Gigabyte Steam Machine

Specs:

  • Price: n/a
  • Intel Core i7-477OR
  • Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB SATA

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Zotac Steam Machine.

Zotac Steam Machine

Specs:

  • Price: $599
  • Intel Core
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX

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Newell also explained that contrary to what many had speculated, Valve also has plans to develop and release its own Steam Machines over the coming years, meaning the most devoted Steam fans are likely to hold off investing until the company’s own manufacturing plans become clear.

What do you think of the early lineup? Is this the kind of selection and competition you had hoped for? Sound off in the comments.

Valve’s line of Steam Machines will be available from multiple retailers and manufacturers soon and throughout 2014.

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Source: Shacknews, Joystiq (1, 2), Engadget

TAGS: Steam, Valve

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  1. Yes and do these machines blow steam also? Because if they don’t it’s pointless, and it’s already pointless. People who use the Steam platform already have their own gaming machines and systems or customized fancy computers. This would have been a great idea when Steam actually started but now they are too far in the wild range game to consider this. Oh and why of all means would they consider it anyway? Money. Because gamers today would shell out anything that screams sleek and trendy and modern and all those jazz ups.

    That’s where their ideas come from, not from strategy but the lucrative things gamers would do in this day and age. We have PC’s and gaming consoles and I hate to mention this because I don’t consider it to be really a gaming platform but “others” in the lower intelligence range do and that is smartphones or igadgets whatever. There is no room for steam machines to expand on this current market. Those steam blowers in the thousands range are going to be sitting on shelves for a lifetime and god I hope so. Spend your money wisely gamers and think! First you got the 900,000 and something lot of yah buying an unfinished game now your going to buy this?

    • These will be great options for people that are computer illiterate and can’t be bothered to mess with all the little problems that come with PC gaming. With consoles it’s just “stick the game in, play.” Steam OS and the Steam Machines will simplify PC gaming because the OS is built for gaming and it all comes ready to go out of the box. I remember a $400 “gaming” PC from iBuypower a few years ago that couldn’t even play games in 720p without overheating. This is a much nicer offering even at the lowest price point.

      • how will their garbage simplify anything when installing games on pc’s is an all around b***h ? not to mention all the garbage console ports to pc that almost always f*** up in some way shape or form on my high end build for 3d work pc =.= all these clowns are doing is hoping to cash in on their ‘brand’, which is nothing but a license selling site that makes it money selling stuff dirt cheap (an old formula mind you that they did not revolutionise as some die hard fangirls would claim).

        • God I hope they legalize pot so you could pick up a pack and calm the frak down.

          • My PC is busted. I use a laptop currently, but for gaming, that’s a no. If it’s between getting a new PC or a Steam Machine, if all I plan to do is game with it, then it’ll be a Steam Machine. But even if I fix my PC or get a new one I still plan to own a Steam Machine at some point. The headache of plugging my PC up to a television to play games that look shittier than if I just left my monitor plugged in will be gone. And since switching to Steam exclusively for my gaming, installing games has never been an issue.

      • You don’t play games in 720p without having proper cooling. A 400 dollar pc is not geared for this. Anyone who believes this, has no clue nor reason buying that pc.

        The Steam machine will have just as many problems as the pc’s they are based on. Their OS will have issues, and what are the people (who are buying this so as not to have to deal with pc issues)supposed to do? Who knows. Back to square one. Leave PC GAMING to PC’s. If you are going to make a console, make a console.

  2. i really hate the idea of building a pc. my brother has one and hes always sending it away to get sh*t done and i just done wanna deal with it. so the idea of having a console that is basically got pc games makes me feel better. i might consider getting one of these. not anytime soon though since i just got a ps4.

    i really like the look of the CyberPowerPC Steam Machine and The Falcon Northwest Tiki. cant affort the second one… 6k? lmao, yeah right but it looks nice.

  3. Not sure how effective the cooling system is on these boxes (ESPECIALLY the one with the Titan) but I wonder if the processors will be overclocked too. That would make them really worthwhile as overclocking is normally a slow and tedious process to perfect. However, if some professionals do the extensive testing in order to determine how to max out the specs on each box (CPU/RAM/GPU) while still remaining perfectly stable, then all the better.

    I had my PC custom built by a company that did just that and am thankful for it. I had to do the GPU overclocking myself though but that was considerably easier than CPU and RAM.

  4. My outdated, yet still useful XP machine is getting too old to run some of the upcoming hot games. If I don’t want to move on to Windows 8 but still want a dedicated gaming machine that can handle the serious titles, this may be a decent option.

    • Wow, could that have sounded any more scripted? Never cull your astroturfers from your accounting team. Hire actors.

  5. Wow, that is a long list of expensive, redundant CRAP. Who in their right mind would want to buy a Steambox, when they can build a PC for less? And the delusions of grandeur from some of these guys:

    “We are not looking to compete with console pricing… We’re taking aim at the high end of the market, targeting consumers that demand the best possible gaming experience and who are looking for a PC capable of playing any title on their new 4K display.”

    1. Yes you are. You’re producing a console. You’re going to be competing with other consoles.
    2. Taking aim at the high end market? The PC is the highest end of the market, you clownshoe.
    No, you’re wading into the middle, and pricing your console suicidally high, and hoping to sell to uninformed suckers who believe your sales pitch. In other words rich idiots. Good demographic, I can already hear MS and Sony quaking in their collective boots.

  6. Seeing as how even the PC’s these brands make don’t work how they’re supposed to, how are they supposed to make a PC/Console right?

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