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First Generation Steam Machines Revealed
Posted by , 7 January 2014 at 1:47 pm UTC / 5097 views
Valve and an assortment of different companies have revealed their Steam Machines from console price-point to stupidly powerful gaming computers.

These come from:
  • Alienware 
  • Alternate 
  • CyberPowerPC 
  • Digital Storm 
  • Falcon NW 
  • GigaByte 
  • iBuyPower 
  • Maingear 
  • Materiel.net 
  • Next Spa 
  • Origin PC 
  • Scan 
  • Webhallen 
  • Zotac

So we have 14 companies making Steam machines with only 13 revealed as Maingear weren't part of it oddly, that's quite a lot and the cases mostly all look awesome. I say mostly as Digital Storm's just looks like a normal PC.

Some of the prices are insane and I don't see why anyone wanted a stupidly high-end gaming machine wouldn't just build it themselves.

Personally I don't feel that the "Digital Storm Bolt II" at all qualifies as a Steam Machine, it will ship with Windows to start with to quote The Verge
QuoteAccording to the company, the system may not ship with SteamOS until the new operating system is out of beta.
Digital Storm tells us the all-important Steam Controller won't come with the computer, but be available to purchase later on.

No Steam controller, a $1,899 price tag (wow!) and they have outright stated they aren't looking to compete with consoles, so what they have done is make an expensive PC, not a Steam Machine.

Considering Valve themselves have stated this on their press release:
QuoteEvery Steam Machine includes an innovative Steam Controller designed for use with a wide variety of game genres, and is powered by the SteamOS, a custom OS built atop Linux.
I find it odd the Digital Storm unit is allowed to be called a Steam Machine.

The others have come out with some fantastic designs like CyberPowerPC's "Machine A" and "Machine I" (same box but different configurations).
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That looks fantastic, it will start at $499 (~£304) for Machine A too which is an excellent price considering it comes with a Steam Controller too.

You can see the rest of them in a list on IGN's round-up. including a short video to explain Alienware's box.

Sadly they where no AAA game announcements, but we still have Steam Dev Days to go.

Exciting times ahead folks. You can view Valve's CES press sheet here, Warning it's large!

What do you think, or if I have missed something important let me know.

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manny commented on 7 January 2014 at 4:20 pm UTC

survival of the fittest.

indeed we have enough variety and will be interesting to see what happens.

they won't be too competitive yet, then the ps4/xbone's hardware will start lagging behind each passing year and the Steam machines specs will look more attractive and the linux OS will have many more games.

anyway, if you think you missed anything, there's also good reports at the verge.

survival of the fittest. indeed we have enough variety and will be interesting to see what happens. they won't be too competitive yet, then the ps4/xbone's hardware will start lagging behind each passing year and the Steam machines specs will look more attractive and the linux OS will have many more games. anyway, if you think you missed anything, there's also good reports at the verge.

scaine commented on 7 January 2014 at 4:27 pm UTC

I'm gutted that there was no CS:GO or Portal 2 announcements. CES wouldn't have been the place to necessarily plug them directly, but I thought that a general "Steam Machine" announcement would have coincided with those titles at least.

Sad. And a wee bit worrying.

I'm just dying to play Stanley Parable.

I'm gutted that there was no CS:GO or Portal 2 announcements. CES wouldn't have been the place to necessarily plug them directly, but I thought that a general "Steam Machine" announcement would have coincided with those titles at least. Sad. And a wee bit worrying. I'm just dying to play Stanley Parable.

OZSeaford commented on 7 January 2014 at 4:28 pm UTC

Quote from mannysurvival of the fittest.

indeed we have enough variety and will be interesting to see what happens.

they won't be too competitive yet, then the ps4/xbone's hardware will start lagging behind each passing year and the Steam machines specs will look more attractive and the linux OS will have many more games.

anyway, if you think you missed anything, there's also good reports at the verge.

I think you nailed it pretty much. This year comparted to a console a Steam Machine does not seem to have an edge, however, in 2-3 years, the differences in graphics, and back catalogue of games will make the steamOS really attractive.

[quote=Quote from manny]survival of the fittest. indeed we have enough variety and will be interesting to see what happens. they won't be too competitive yet, then the ps4/xbone's hardware will start lagging behind each passing year and the Steam machines specs will look more attractive and the linux OS will have many more games. anyway, if you think you missed anything, there's also good reports at the verge.[/quote] I think you nailed it pretty much. This year comparted to a console a Steam Machine does not seem to have an edge, however, in 2-3 years, the differences in graphics, and back catalogue of games will make the steamOS really attractive.

aL commented on 7 January 2014 at 5:23 pm UTC

wtf is in the pdf... I have a pretty powerful machine and it took forever to load the first 2 pages... in okular... evince just show loading...

pdf.js couldnt handled it either

wtf is in the pdf... I have a pretty powerful machine and it took forever to load the first 2 pages... in okular... evince just show loading... pdf.js couldnt handled it either

liamdawe commented on 7 January 2014 at 5:24 pm UTC

Quote from aLwtf is in the pdf... I have a pretty powerful machine and it took forever to load the first 2 pages... in okular... evince just show loading...

pdf.js couldnt handled it either
It took a minute or two to load here to, left it minimized, nothing much just minor details on each machine. Not sure why it's so big.

[quote=Quote from aL]wtf is in the pdf... I have a pretty powerful machine and it took forever to load the first 2 pages... in okular... evince just show loading... pdf.js couldnt handled it either[/quote] It took a minute or two to load here to, left it minimized, nothing much just minor details on each machine. Not sure why it's so big.

Narvarth commented on 7 January 2014 at 5:34 pm UTC

It's materiel.net, not material (french inside ).
The complete specs can be found here.
(no controller...)

It's materiel.net, not material (french inside ;)). The complete specs [url=http://www.materiel.net/ordinateur/materiel-net-steam-machine-haswell-pc-gamer-99543.html]can be found here[/url]. (no controller...)

liamdawe commented on 7 January 2014 at 5:49 pm UTC

Quote from NarvarthIt's materiel.net, not material (french inside ).
The complete specs can be found here.
(no controller...)
Don't shoot me, I took that directly from Valve it seems they didn't check either

Interesting to know it also won't have the controller since that's another point.

[quote=Quote from Narvarth]It's materiel.net, not material (french inside ;)). The complete specs [url=http://www.materiel.net/ordinateur/materiel-net-steam-machine-haswell-pc-gamer-99543.html]can be found here[/url]. (no controller...)[/quote] Don't shoot me, I took that directly from Valve it seems they didn't check either :P Interesting to know it also won't have the controller since that's another point.

adolson commented on 7 January 2014 at 5:58 pm UTC

Didn't Valve say they aren't making Steam Machines themselves, outside of the beta units?

Depending on the price and specs, I am probably most interested in the Alienware Steam Machine, though at that size, it most certainly won't be upgradeable in any meaningful way. So that's a big consideration for me. At least in the future it could still stream games from a more powerful Steam Machine or PC, so I guess there's that.

I also like iBuyPower's design in black, and with the light set to a SteamOS-blue. I think that would look nice in my living room...

On the other hand, I kinda just want Valve's reference design, even without a GPU so I can stick my own in.

Didn't Valve say they aren't making Steam Machines themselves, outside of the beta units? Depending on the price and specs, I am probably most interested in the Alienware Steam Machine, though at that size, it most certainly won't be upgradeable in any meaningful way. So that's a big consideration for me. At least in the future it could still stream games from a more powerful Steam Machine or PC, so I guess there's that. I also like iBuyPower's design in black, and with the light set to a SteamOS-blue. I think that would look nice in my living room... On the other hand, I kinda just want Valve's reference design, even without a GPU so I can stick my own in.

stan commented on 7 January 2014 at 11:45 pm UTC

I’d have prefered to see cheap APU-based boxes rather than those mostly insane prices with useless hardware (only Metro: Last Light can benefit from a really powerful GPU). They all selected 8 GB of RAM as if everyone would install Windows on it.

Also the fact that a Steam Machine can be anything seems wrong; people will end up buying one without knowing which games will run well on it.

With regards to the design of the boxes, I like the Alienware one and the Gigabyte one, even though they (Gigabyte) could have at least put a steam sticker on it…

Edit: wait, Gigabyte did put a steam logo on their box… http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/01/gallery-the-13-steam-machines-and-all-of-their-glorious-variety/ For some reason there’s none on the IGN photo.

I’d have prefered to see cheap APU-based boxes rather than those mostly insane prices with useless hardware (only Metro: Last Light can benefit from a really powerful GPU). They all selected 8 GB of RAM as if everyone would install Windows on it. Also the fact that a Steam Machine can be anything seems wrong; people will end up buying one without knowing which games will run well on it. With regards to the design of the boxes, I like the Alienware one and the Gigabyte one, even though they (Gigabyte) could have at least put a steam sticker on it… Edit: wait, Gigabyte did put a steam logo on their box… [url=http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/01/gallery-the-13-steam-machines-and-all-of-their-glorious-variety/]http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/01/gallery-the-13-steam-machines-and-all-of-their-glorious-variety/[/url] For some reason there’s none on the IGN photo.

philip550c commented on 8 January 2014 at 8:31 am UTC

I'm interested in the alienware machine as well. I recently read an article that valve may make their own machine afterall. Taking a look at the digital storm really gives no indication that it's a steam machine seeing as how it has no steam controller and it comes with Windows. To me that means it's just a regular pc as they have always made. Also one of them comes with amd graphics, that's probably a mistake. I do like that gigabyte is making an low powered Intel gpu box which will be good for casual gamers.

I'm interested in the alienware machine as well. I recently read an article that valve may make their own machine afterall. Taking a look at the digital storm really gives no indication that it's a steam machine seeing as how it has no steam controller and it comes with Windows. To me that means it's just a regular pc as they have always made. Also one of them comes with amd graphics, that's probably a mistake. I do like that gigabyte is making an low powered Intel gpu box which will be good for casual gamers.

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