Posted Tue, Jan 07, 2014 by Martuk
Valve shipped out an assortment of Steam Machines to a few selected Steam players near last year to start testing the new system and gather feedback. If you're not up to speed on what a Steam Machines is, it's Valve’s endeavor to bring PC gaming to the living-room. And while some companies such as iBuyPower have already revealed their plans to develop a Steam Machine costing $499 and housing an AMD processor as well as an AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card, others are also signing on to develop their own projects.
Last night at CES, Valve boss Gabe Newell took to the stage to reveal 13 more partners in the Steam Machine program. Thus far the third party development list also includes Zotac, Alienware, Alternate, Digital Storm, CyberPowerPC, Falcon Northwest, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Next, Origin PC, Scan Computers, Maingear, and Webhallen as confirmed by an Engadget report.
The Steam Machines will vary in both price and design, estimated in a cost range of $500 to $6,000. Engadget managed to get a few images and spec details for several of the new Steam Machines. A couple of those include Origin PC’s Chronos, which has yet to set a price and includes an Intel i7 CPU, two Nvidia GTX Titans, 32GB of RAM, and a 14TB hard drive. Materiel.net’s machine is priced at $1,098 and houses an Intel i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an Nvidia GTX 760 GPU. Each Steam Machine runs on Valve’s open source SteamOS.
You can read Engadget’s full report for additional Steam Machine images and details.