OriginPC reveals customizable Steam Machines

PC manufacturer announces pair of systems today at 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.

PC manufacturer OriginPC today announced a pair of Chronos Steam Machines during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, piling on top of the already-announced systems from iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, and Digital Storm.

OriginPC made clear that specifications for both the Standard and the SLI Editions of the Chronos Steam Machines are fully customizable, so you won't be locked into the specs listed below. In addition, the specs for both units listed below are subject to change, the company said.

Both units will be available starting in "early 2014," but pricing was not announced. However, looking at the specs, the machines are more than likely to carry price tags above the current going rate for the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

In addition to Valve's own system, at least a dozen Steam Machines from third-party manufacturers are expected to be announced this week at the 2014 CES. We'll have a round-up of the systems--and further editorial analysis of the machines--as the week progresses.

Standard Edition Chronos:

  • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VI Impact
  • Optional Custom Paint With Automotive Finish
  • Liquid-Cooling: ORIGIN FROSTBYTE 120 Sealed Liquid Cooling Systems
  • Processor: Up to an Intel Core i7 4770K Quad-Core at 4.0-4.5GHZ with ORIGIN PC Professional CPU Overclocking
  • Power Supply: SG08 600 watt
  • Graphics Card: Up to Single 3GB NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti with Professional GPU Overclocking
  • Memory: Up to 16GB 2133Mhz (2x8GB)
  • OS: Steam OS (Will Include Optional Dual Boot to Windows 7 or Windows 8 Home or Pro)
  • Hard Drive 1: Up to Dual 1TB Samsung 840 Evo Series
  • Hard Drive 2: 4TB Western Digital Black SATA 6.0Gb/s, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache
  • Optical Drive: 6X BD-R Slim Blu-ray Burner/8X DVD+/-R/2.4X +DL
  • Audio: ROG SupremeFX High Definition 7.1 Channel
  • Network: Built in Wi-Fi

SLI Edition Chronos:

  • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VI Gene
  • Optional Custom Paint With Automotive Finish
  • Liquid Cooling: ORIGIN FROSTBYTE Sealed Liquid Cooling System
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4770K Quad-Core at 4.0-4.5GHZ with ORIGIN PC Professional CPU Overclocking
  • Power Supply: 850 Watt Corsair RM850
  • Graphics Cards: Up to DUAL 3GB NVIDIA SLI GeForce GTX 780 Ti with Professional GPU Overclocking
  • Memory: Up to 32GB 2133Mhz (4x8GB)
  • OS: Steam OS (Will Include Optional Dual Boot to Windows 7 or Windows 8)
  • Solid State Hard Drive: Up to Dual 1TB Samsung 840 Evo Series
  • 4 Hot Swap Drives: Up to 4 (1TB) Samsung 840 Evo Series
  • Additional Storage Drives: Up to Dual 4TB Western Digital Black SATA 6.0Gb/s, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache
  • Optical Drive: 6X BD-R Slim Blu-ray Burner/8X DVD+/-R/2.4X +DL
  • Audio: ROG SupremeFX High Definition 7.1 Channel
  • Media Card Reader: 40-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • Network: Built in Wi-Fi

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202 comments
seriousdave
seriousdave

Back then when Valve announced their own consolely type thing I was rather surpised and l was kinda looking forward to it but now I really wonder why the hell would anybody care to buy this thing. In reality the Steam Machnies are just PCs with Steam OS pre-installed, so why not buy a PC with same or better performence which will probably still cost less?

Zloth2
Zloth2

Is this just going to become a package thing?  Pay an extra $80 and we'll set your PC to dual boot Steam OS, throw in a Steam controller, and glue a Valve logo to the case.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

On a side note Xbone isn't finishing last that spot is reserved for steam machines.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Do you expect to pay $500 for this? No not even $1000 forget $2000 we are screaming right past $5000 for a measly $10,000 you can own this epic failure. I am sorry valve I am sticking with my gaming rig which has steam access lol.

Fred316
Fred316

Yes,well... Give me an HDMI-Cable to hook up my PC to my TV...


There it is, my personal Steambox for about 15 dollars. I'll take pre-orders now if you want.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

Dual 780 sounds insane. I mean are there games out there to benefit from this rig?

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Geez, absolutely no room between those graphics cards.  Talk about cookin'.

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

the market for these is already flooded and they haven't even come out yet, bad move on Valve's part licensing out steam to these 3rd party manufacturers. oh well, the Ouya of PC gaming XD

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

This article seems to have created even more confusion about the Steambox. There are other more descriptive articles on the net that explains in more detail the different models and various price ranges shown at CES today. I was very impressed with the lower end ($499) models.

wexorian
wexorian

Those are BEAST specs if i want to have that in my pc i will not buy steambox i'l just upgrade it

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

To be honest, as someone who was originally interested in the idea of the Steambox, the concept has become a bit lost on me now. I don't think it's going to draw console players into the PC market as much as everyone's suggesting, because choosing which Steambox to get will be just as confusing as choosing what kind of PC to get.


This isn't really streamlining the process at all, because as it is, if they so wished, a console player could already go into a store, ask for advice about a decent gaming rig and then have it built for them even if they had no PC knowledge himself. Now the same thing will still be happening, only that person will be asking the same advice about which Steambox to get. Even then, those gamers will still be asking themselves "will this game run on my Steambox?" so it hasn't really changed or simplified the experience for console gamers and made it that much more inviting.


The reason some people avoid PC's and only play on consoles is because they don't have to worry about specs when it comes to deciding what games to get. They know whatever they buy they can just pop in and play without having to worry about performance. Is the Steambox going to replicate that kind of simplicity that many console exclusive gamers love? At this rate, I don't think so, especially with the variety of Steamboxes coming out, all with different specs and levels of performance.


And of course, there's no reason for PC gamers to be interested in a Steambox, seeing as how it's really just a PC trying to disguise itself as a console. There's no need for me to explain that one really. Maybe I will be proven otherwise in the long run but right now I just don't see the point to it.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

The only thing better about gaming on a PC is cheaper games, and KB/M for FPS other then that.... Nada

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

2014 what a great year a head of us :)

bernard978
bernard978

Overpriced and unnecessary, I'm not just referring to just these mentioned either.

torbonator
torbonator

You're all like "you can build your own!" "it's a waste of time!" "whats the point?".

You are all very narrow minded people.

These steam machines will bring the console audience into PC gaming territory, not everyone knows how to build a PC, not everyone knows what the best specs they just want something they can plug into there TV and bam play a game.


Not everyone has the space for monolith set up in their house, I sit at home on my laptop playing games in my living room burning my legs off because I don't have the space for a desktop set up. What I do have the space for how ever is a small box under my TV that is plugged in and ready to go.

To a console gamer PC gaming can look like a daunting prospect with questions like "Can I run it?" "How do I use a mouse and keyboard"

If the Wii sales are anything to go by the casual console gamer audience is a bigger audience than the hardcore gaming audience WE are the minority here, PC gamers are a more of moronity within the hardcore gaming audience. Of course valve and gaming PC companies will look to tap into this audience

It might not look like it now in comparison to the newly released Xbox One and PS4 but once those consoles get old, a low end steam machine will eclipse them.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

On the plus side its one of those models that comes with a optical drive.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@fgjnfgh Sure, games can use that.  Take a game like Skyrim, mod it up with lots of 2K textures and high polygon improvements, get yourself a 4K monitor, and play it in 3D.  That should lay the monster low.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@fgjnfghYeah, some of these Steam Machine rigs sound overambitious and you probably won't be able to use them to their full potential initially. Others look lik they have underwhelming specs compared to pricing. There are no "good deal" vibes coming from them.

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

@TenraiSenshi I like your points but the benifits of the Steambox seems to be lost on some people. They look and work like next gen consoles but as with PC's, Steambox is upgradable so when console players are fighting over which console is more powerful, Steambox owners can choose to upgrade the box they already have. Plus you'll save tons on your game library.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@TenraiSenshi Good points, time will tell and it really is up to people to accept this and push it forward or simply let it die.

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

@torbonator even w/ the steam box, later in 2014 console gamers will still be confused asking the same question. "can i run it?" i like the idea of an easily customizable PC as well, as my PC is pretty difficult to upgrade (small case and need to replace motherboard..). but these are too expensive for what they're offering, and my biggest fear is getting one of these things only to find out that I can't run whatever games I may want to play w/ a consistently smooth framerate. It's difficult to QA for PC's as they're too many variables to test as there are so many different types of hardware trying to run the same software. That's one of the reasons why consoles have such a big fanbase, as people KNOW that their games are gonna run well. I can't tell you how annoying it was when I was younger to save up and buy a PC game, only to find out that I couldn't run it. Hopefully Steam will do something to address this issue, however I dunno if spending even more money to continue to upgrade your steam box is a safe bet financially. I was torn whether to upgrade my PC or buy a PS4, but I caved and got a PS4 and couldn't be happier. 

TomoEK9
TomoEK9

@torbonator The prices for these machines are ridiculous and in the end you STILL suffer from the same problem PCs have.


Can

You

Run

It


Steambox may streamline the process but the problems are still present. Its not a standardized set of hardware like a console, it still needs updated drivers, and if you want your machine to stay useful you will need to consider updating your parts.


Where is the upside to the whole concept?

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@IAMTYLERDURDEN@TenraiSenshi None of those points you've mentioned have really differentiated the steambox from any other gaming PC besides the point about them "looking" like consoles. It certainly won't work like a consoles as far as I can see and the library of games would also – arguably – be smaller than what PC gamers already enjoy.

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

@MapleLeafKush @torbonator Prices range from high to very affordable.There is a $299 model that's on par spec wise with both next gen consoles. Read up on it and educate yourself on the topic before you say such things.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@IAMTYLERDURDEN@TenraiSenshi I was someone who was a console exclusive gamer for many years and who only got into PC gaming later. I didn't really know anything about the hardware and I couldn't even tell you the difference between a Geforce 6800 or 7800 (other than that one number was bigger than the other).

When I got my first gaming PC, I went into a store, asked for advice about what would work for me and they built me a PC that fit my budget and still performed well. I went and picked it up a few days later, already built, packed and ready for me to plug in and go. I was very happy with the results and was even able to play games like Elder Scrolls Oblivion, which had just been released at the time I got my PC (I actually bought it alongside my PC to get me going).


So, as someone who knows and understands what it means to transition from console to PC gaming, I understand the fears, confusion and trepidations involved therein, but I also understand that the process can become much simpler if you just follow the right avenues. My main concern with the Steambox is that it might actually make things more complicated and confusing for gamers, by introducing even more variables into a market already flooded with them, especially with mobile platforms like tablets and smart phones already trying to wrestle gamers away from both PC's and consoles.


Still, as you mentioned, only time can tell what will happen and whether the Steambox will be a success or not and who knows, it may just take off. Maybe I'm just flustered by the idea of the Steambox because it just feels like another unnecessary addition to a market that is already saturated with so many hardware options.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@TenraiSenshi @HonorOfGod oh that is very true mhm and one could also say that as players get older that PC will sell even more.. and so will consoles .. wow now I really don't know where all this is going really we might just see the cloud take over but if the internet is fast enough to stream games its fast enough to download them in minutes so people may want to do that instead.


This whole thing is insane no one is sure its like we don't have a straight path and I am not sure if that is good or bad thing at the moment.


Will the industry crash again?? ugh going crazy here lol

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

@TenraiSenshi This is true... but the steambox is built with a focus on dedicated gaming. I've been a member of these forums for a very long time. To console gamers, even to this day the concept of PC gaming in the living room seems impossible. I can't tell you how many times I hear "consoles are more portable" or "PC's are more powerful but you have to upgrade every year just to keep up." Not to mention the popular myth... "Paying thousands for a decent gaming PC just isn't worth it."  IMO there are many gamers interested in pc gaming but don't take the leap because of fear and confusion. Steambox addresses all of these issues for these people. Maybe it won't be successful or maybe it will. Only time will tell but I myself wish success to the Steambox in hopes that it will help bring PC gaming back to the top in the minds of developers and gamers alike.


http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/07/ces-a-roundup-of-valves-first-steam-machines?utm_campaign=fbposts&utm_source=facebook


TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@HonorOfGodAt the same time, the new consoles are also selling record numbers in a short space of time, so console gaming is still relevant, just like PC gaming is. It just depends on what people want really.

You've also got to take into account what parents are buying their kids and if they had a choice between a Steam Machine and a console, I'm sure they'd go for a console because it's easier, cheaper and they don't have to worry about what games they buy and whether they'll work or not.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@TenraiSenshi @IAMTYLERDURDEN A bit late with this one lol but if you look at games like Ninja Storm and MGS Rising coming to PC you can see that even Japanese devs are putting their games on PC since its a massive market and it pretty much eliminates used game sells they have even dropped the price to Rising before its even out.


It seems like now in days all games including FFXV (SE said if there is high demand for it Noctis will come to PC : ] ) are making their way to PC do to how big the market is and safe through STEAM.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@IAMTYLERDURDEN@TenraiSenshiI'm not confused at all. As I mentioned in my original comment, if they wanted to, a console gamer could walk into a store, ask for advice about a good gaming rig and get one built for him. The Steam machine isn't really doing anything revolutionary in this regard to make the choices easier for a console gamer, at least, no easier than they already had it.


Also, saying $499 models are on par with current gen consoles but are upgradable, is the same as me saying $499 PC's are also on par with current gen consoles, but upgradeable. Ultimately, if a console gamer looks at a Steambox and then looks at a PC, is he really going to see a difference? And if not, what will sway him into PC/Steambox gaming when he's already happy with the simplicity of his console? Why would he want to worry about having to upgrade his Steambox when he can play on his console for 7+ years without ever changing hardware? And if he was interested in upgrading regularly, why not just get a normal PC instead?


I think people are trying to look for differences between a PC and a Steambox where there really are very few. Other than a change in OS and physical presentation, a Steambox is, for all intents and purposes, nothing more than a PC.

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

@TenraiSenshi Steambox isn't for people who already have powerful gaming PC's. I understand your confusion. These are designed for gamers that don't know anything about building a gaming pc but want one. It's all set up for you. $499 models are on par with current gen consoles but they are upgradable like PC's. Upgrading your mem or gpu will be more user friendly than having to open up your desktop.

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

@HonorOfGod@gamerno66666@MapleLeafKush  ehh i could care less about graphics. playing fallout 1 and having a blast.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@MapleLeafKush @HonorOfGod You fully exposed yourself :D hey man its ok don't worry there is nothing wrong with being a console only player what so ever : ]

torbonator
torbonator

@MapleLeafKush @torbonator you really think that with all the different companies doing it they will all be in the same price range if you count the range as $499 - $2000 then yes you're right.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@MapleLeafKush @torbonator no Gaben said it himself its the main purpose of the steam machines... well one of them.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@gamerno66666 @IAMTYLERDURDEN @MapleLeafKush @torbonator You can run Minecraft : ]