Valve Steam Machine roundup -- prices, images, and full specs revealed

All the details we have so far on the newly announced 13 Steam Machines, including pictures, prices, and hardware.

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Valve announced 12 of the companies they are partnering with to create Steam Machines earlier today, but they provided even more details at a CES press conference earlier this evening. Here's a rundown of the available specs and prices for 13 of the currently announced Steam Machines.

Alternate

  • Price: $1,339
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4570
  • Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 760
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSHD

AlienWare

  • Price: TBD
  • CPU: Intel unspecified
  • Graphics: nVidia unspecified
  • RAM: TBD
  • Storage: TBD

While Alienware is releasing few details about their console, a company representative said their machine will be "more powerful than the Xbox One and PlayStation 4" and "competitively priced."

CyberPowerPC

  • Price: $499 (and up)
  • CPU: AMD/Intel Core i5
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 270 / Nvidia GTX 760
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB

Digital Storm -- Bolt II

  • Price: $2,584
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
  • Graphics: GTX 780 Ti
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 120GB SSD

Gigabyte -- Brix Pro

  • Price: TBD
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770R
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB SATA 6Gb/s

Falcon Northwest -- Tiki

  • Price: $1,799 to $6,000
  • CPU: Customizable
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan
  • RAM: 8 to 16GB
  • Storage: up to 6TB

iBuyPower

  • Price: $499 and up
  • CPU: Quad Core AMD or Intel
  • Graphics: Radeon GCN Graphics
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB+

Materiel.Net

  • Price: $1,098
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4440
  • Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 8GB + 1TB SSHD

Origin PC -- Chronos

Next Spa

  • Price: TBD
  • CPU: Intel Core i5
  • Graphics: Nvidia GT 760
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 1TB

Scan -- NC10

  • Price: $1,090
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 4000M
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB

Webhallen

  • Price: $1,499
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4771
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSHD

Zotac

  • Price: $599
  • CPU: Intel Core (TBD)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX (TBD)
  • RAM: TBD
  • Storage: TBD

Discussion

506 comments
tommynj
tommynj

I currently have an I5 750 at home . If anything I would want to buy the I7 models they have to offer.

leeti
leeti

the only people who would want to buy these are people who already have their own pc's. and unfortunately they won't spend money for a second one just for the living room. interesting idea, though. if i were rich i'd buy it in the blink of an eye

teddybearsrus
teddybearsrus

saw the zotacs system at ces a few days ago, my money is on these guys.


They had a gaming zbox at their booth that was playing 4k res games and battlefield 4 max settings @1080p with great fps.  They didn't have any real working demo of their steam machine, but did say it will be even faster.   This thing will be perfect for my to-go lan party beeeeeast! <3


punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

I am unconvinced with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 so far, so this new Steam Box thingy-me-bob had me intrigued to find out more... then I saw the prices. :(

Nah I'll pass.

megakick
megakick

Alienware is so small it will be as powerful as a XBOX and PS4, maybe... Have fun playing games in medium to low setting. With an Intel you have to have at least I5.

grbolivar
grbolivar

Valve you really think you can compete with hybrids PC/Consoles priced at $1000-2000??? Unless your aim is not to compete at all, then I don't know what your goal is with these boxes.

orbit991
orbit991

You know, i can also make a nice metal case, drop in some components and double the price on them. What they should have done is used their purchasing power to make a simpler low priced, semi portable gaming pc. That would sell, this is just no different then buying a regular pc.

sol_invictus55
sol_invictus55

Overpriced and gimmicky. Pretty much as expected.

oflow
oflow

Like egger7577  said, the part that everyone here is overlooking is the fact that Valve is basically making this rig to circumvent Windows for PC gaming.  They are already in the process of converting their entire library over to run on this OS.

If in the future they can get developers to write games in this Linux format it will be a real coup.  Yes, you can still have a pc that runs both Linux and Windows, they arent expecting already established pc gamers to abandon their rigs. But in reality the majority of PC gamers  1) arent that tech savvy; 2) dont use their gaming rigs for many other things besides gaming and web browsing/music.  

This box is basically a living room console that can do both (game/browse), with more power than even next gen consoles, but the ease of use of a console that is pre-built.  

The final piece is the huge Steam library itself. Next gen console games are retailing for $70 now.  $70 can get you a cart full of games in one of the Steam sales. Now combine this with the ability to share your entire steam library with friends for free (which exists right now) and the benefits of this system start to show thru.

All the people that already have rigs, they arent marketing this to you.  Its for people that are looking to get into pc gaming (every year theres a new batch of people joining the fold) or people with old rigs with disposable income looking to upgrade.
As more time goes by the pricing will go down on the hardware as well. 

Look at it this way...people were saying Steam was stupid when it first came out too now look at it. People said the same thing about iTunes. 

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Can we get over the "building a PC is cheaper" stuff and realize this is aimed at console lazy-fucks who probably wouldn't be bothered to build a PC from scratch?

GregoryBastards
GregoryBastards

I wonder the amount of days in which this would be hacked...then theyll be totally worth it....

Also all these new consoles are fucking ugly,...even ps4....why cant they make consoles look like Vita TV.

seriousdave
seriousdave

I can't see who these things want to appeal to. Console Gamers won't be intrested becuase form the hardware point of view it's just the same as a PC. Meaning you have to know what's in the box to make sure you can play your games at optimal settings and that's actually the exact opposite of a conventual gaming console where you just buy the game, slap it in and play. Folks who play PC games probably know one or two things about building and upgrading a PC efficently and will have similar specs for less money. I could ramble on about the steam exclusiv game library but to cut this short, in my humble opinion as both a console and pc owner these machines are completely pointless.

dcaseng
dcaseng

I don't think the Steam machine has a clear market.
What IS it? A PC, or a console?
It won't appeal to console gamers because 99% of console gamers already have their minds made up, they aren't going to go in a whole new direction, ESPECIALLY when it's a brand new gaming device.

It won't appeal to PC gamers, because they consider themselves too good for anything less than a gaming PC. The Steam machine will be seen as INFERIOR to a full blown gaming PC, much the same way consoles are viewed by the "master PC race", as they like to call themselves.

The pricing is ridiculously in direct contrast to what most people claim a gaming PC can be built for.

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

zotac, CyberPowerPC, and i buypower ones look awesome, nice small and cheaper.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Too early for this, some of those machines have missing specs/prices ;).

Waste of cash anyway, id rather improve the PC than buy one of those. Could do alot with that kinda cash :P

N64ever
N64ever

These things are ridiculously expensive! It is kind of cool bringing Steam into the console realm (as I am a console gamer), but I agree with Lambchopzin, they're going to be a very hard sell.

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

Most of these are too expensive. People who are already PC gaming are just going to build their own, or just buy a normal PC. Both options are significantly cheaper as it stands. And lord knows console gamers aren't going to drop 1k+ on a Steambox. I thought Valve was maybe going to subsidize these to make them more appealing, but I guess I was wrong. With prices like this these things are not going to sell.


The only boxes that are reasonably priced are the iBuyPower and CyberPowerPC boxes, which granted are decent enough for gaming rigs but still. I don't get the point in the more expensive ones. They just aren't going to sell.

Andy639_basic
Andy639_basic

Holy shit, that Origin PC Chronos. 2 Titans with 6GB of RAM? Is that 6GB each or 6GB total?

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but most of these cases look pretty unsightly. The few that look "cool" seem like they would eventually get annoying (because of the lights) and I would end up trying to block them with furniture.

I like the general idea of a SteamBox but the biggest hurdle will be the price. CyberPower and iBuyPower have the right idea with starting "low" and letting the user scale up but even then it's on the expensive side. Falcon Northwest seems to have fallen off the deep end with their "up to $6,000" quote. Why not just get a full PC if you're going to throw away that much money on a computer? I'd expect 4 GPUs and a top-tier overclocked CPU and like 64GB RAM. Can't fit that into a small form factor. And what's with that marble slab base?? Anyway, when can I buy one of those Steam Controllers for my PC?

lion2447
lion2447

This is one way to re-energize the PC market.  All of these are just standard PC's packaged into a different box.  Uninstall SteamOS and install Windows and you got a typical gaming rig in a nicer package. 

2leetchisgod2
2leetchisgod2

This seems stupid.. its a PC that runs 2-5x the price of building your own, running a steam OS. Can't you just use the big picture button in steam if you really need to play it on your TV? Or buy a prebuilt computer, connect it to your tv with HDMI and install steam OS? Maybe i'm missing something

mr_nee
mr_nee

I know Sony and Japan are very conservative. But MS Should have released xboxOS years ago.


HW is where Sony and MS make least money. Now they both make bets on streaming, but Steam has the right solution. Want to see Steam overcome compatibility issues, though

Moonco
Moonco

Hope Maingear makes one

McGregor
McGregor

The Origin PC - Chronos uses a case that looks exactly like my Silverstone HTPC case (I'm sure it's been mentioned below, I just haven't read the comments yet). That is a disappointment to me. I may as well build my own...

McGregor
McGregor

Personally I think the Steam Machines are cool. Yes, you can build for cheaper, but I like that Valve is throwing their hat into the console ring.


Now for the negative...If Valve doesn't put some financial backing into getting software onto the Steam Machine (paying for some console exclusives, releasing Half-life 3 as an exclusive, etc...) then it will fail. It's hard to justify spending extra money on a Steam Machine when a PC is easily built for less, and the OS is free (not to mention most PC games require Windows anyway); and it's even harder to justify it when the Microsoft/Sony offerings will have more titles, access to exclusives, and in many cases, a reduced cost of entry.


Without developer support the Steam Machine will fail. Sure, you can put windows on it and play your PC games that way, but that defeats the purpose of Valve building an OS for a console, and then pushing for hardware manufacturers to build consoles.


All-in-all a great idea, but development for the system is the critical piece that will ultimately decide if this concept is a success, or failure.

RoyialNetwork
RoyialNetwork

Honestly I've never heard of CyberPower but so far out of this list this is the ideal one. Its priced similarly to consoles with better processing power, graphics card can play most games on max and a decent amount of hard-drive space which can easily be switched out. 

The ones that are $1000+ are ridiculous and i think they fail to see the intended audience. Overall it seems like most of these are overcharging like crazy. 

The customizable PC's may be the ultimate way to go but as for people who don't know how to build a PC, i think the idea that CyberPower is going with makes the most sense (being that its the price of an XB but better and with no kinect). 

Hopefully more manufacturers will not go the route of $1000+ PC's since i personally can't see most PC enthusiast buying them and can't imagine newbies looking at the price tag as a good deal.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

hmm now some of these are terrible they're weak and over priced for its cost and some are just ridiculous 6k for it what do they expect us to be playing on them 40 games at once? you can make the ultimate gaming pc for 5k and that includes 3 monitors screens and be future proof for 6 to 8 years. some of these are just crazy  but im interested in


 alienware (if its cheap enough) 

Zotac if its a 8 core

all the others that are just quad cores wouldn be worth it and the more exspensive ones are just crazy priced, when comparing them with a ps4 or a xbone only 3 of them seems to be in the price range with better power then then and thats kinda the point of the steam machine. 

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

I finally get it now. This isn't for the current long-time existing Steam Users nor the casual/hardcore console gamers. 

This is for the newcomers - people from mid teens and on who are thinking of getting into PC gaming but don't know how to build a PC.


This is about the long term PC mainstreaming, not the short term.

FkzAz
FkzAz

Why wold anyone buy a overpriced Pc with linux on it?...


This is bound to fail.

Dufflepud
Dufflepud

@punksterdaddy  Why? The price/performance on, say, the Cyberpower PC one kicks the ass of the Xbox, and is about the same as the PS4 (more money, but significantly more powerful).

Senior_Rosa
Senior_Rosa

@grbolivar  Valve has nothing to do with these models. They are not releasing hardware, but software. Other companies will sell the steam machines, as you can see. 


amafi
amafi

@oflow "Their entire library" is what, 8 games? They're not getting ubisoft to port the assassin's creed series, or any other AAA developer. No money in it. They MIGHT convince a few of them to port future releases to linux if it takes off, but the back catalog you can pretty much forget about.


So unless you're going to install windows on the thing or have another gaming PC running windows to stream games off of you're out of luck unless all you want to play are paradox interactive games and 2d puzzle platformers.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@oflow So then Origin will want their own OS and then some other party will want to start their own thing if this succeeds, and then the market is spread thin because essentially they're creating another console, so everyone's competing and the only way to compete when you all have a similar product or service, is lower your price, so people in the company are made redundant, you get a lesser quality product because the Shareholders have to cut costs to compensate for their competitive prices, and then companies start to go bust, and this is the nature of capitalism, everyone wants to make more money than the next guy and they're all competing rather than consolidating, so you get half-ass products rushed to the market and then they don't work and Rome collapses. Or maybe they're trying to get a stranglehold on the PC market so they can charge console prices, that's what I'd do if I was a corporation who's sole purpose is to make money.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@Junior_AIN  SteamOS box at $2000 or PS4 at $400........ easy choice for those lazy-fucks.

amafi
amafi

@GregoryBastards Hacked how? It's a PC. You can do whatever the fuck you want to it. Or do you mean hacking the store? I'm sure people have tried already. If you're after stealing games there are much easier ways than hacking steam.

mos2000
mos2000

@seriousdaveHere's the problem -with your notion.  Most games on PC still outperform their console counterparts at minimum settings. So knowing what's inside any of these machines in that level of detail is pointless..


With that said, no one is going to buy these machines unless they have at least "some" exposure to current PC gaming. Anyone who is a die hard, don't know how to install a pc game ever is not going to buy this thing.


The hope is, over time, as those with exposure start picking these up - they'll spread word to others how much better their experience is.  In a few years if the die hard console gamers have friends dropping off of PSN and Live - they will garner interest. Therefore wanting to become exposed to the experience and try it for themselves.


Even the most faithful don't expect these units to pick up steam ... no pun intended... for at least 3 years

oflow
oflow

@seriousdave Duh it appeals to the person thats just getting into pc games or the pc gamer with an older rig with disposable income that wants to upgrade to a new rig.  I got a ton of friends that built rigs to play WoW back in 2004 and never upgraded their rigs. 10 years later they have more disposable income than time.

Of course its not marketed to people like you who are already established pc gamers.  Think back to when you first got into pc gaming.  If they had affordable pre-built rigs when I built my first pc I know I probably would have bought one.  I personally dont like building pcs even though I know how. 

You do know every year a new batch of gamers comes along and get their first rigs right?

Senior_Rosa
Senior_Rosa

@dcaseng  Sure you can get a gaming PC for less, but then again, you won't be able to play games at top specs for too long. You buy the $6k steam machine and you will be having a top gaming pc without Windows installed. 


Steam machines are gaming pc for the living room. Sure you could install them wherever you want (even in the bathroom), but they just try to take over consoles as entertainment systems and make more popular the pc gaming.

amafi
amafi

@dcaseng IT IS A GAMING PC. Nothing more, nothing less. Alienware stuffing their X51 into a different shell and slapping a steam logo on it does not turn it into another thing. This is not fucking alchemy here.

nurglesbliss
nurglesbliss

@Andy639_basicEach, although I cannot think of anything outside of number crunching that would max one of them out. For gaming I would rather have two 780 Ti, higher clock and cheaper price.

amafi
amafi

@SlowMotionKarma Problem with scaling up will be the same as for every other prebuilt mini itx rig. They skimp on the motherboard and the PSU. So it's fine to say the thing is upgradeable, and it's true, but only for a given value of true. Most of those things are probably running around 80% efficiency on crappy sub-bronze plus power supplies and a more powerful GPU would probably not work unless you also swap the PSU out for something better.

pongley
pongley

@2leetchisgod2 Don't think it's aimed at technically minded gamers. It's also aimed at living room use (i.e. small form factor, low noise).

quakke
quakke

@2leetchisgod2 


With that "big picture button" you still don't get away from Windows using some of your processing power. Steam OS doesn't have that. I beleive it's straight hardware acceleration without any heavy OS's (like Windows) needing processing power.

I'll stay with PC but i'm open to Steam OS and certainly am interested on how well it will actually do things?

jesot
jesot

@McGregor ...almost every single one of the cases are available off the shelf...  You SHOULD build your own.  I'm quite happy with the one I built for 1/3 the price of most of these.

egger7577
egger7577

@McGregor What you don't understand though is Valve is trying to circumvent Windows in the process. You'll eventually see more developers get on board without having to jump through all the Windows hoops.  PC's in general are taking a nosedive sales wise but PC gaming is booming and Valve's taking advantage of this. 

jesot
jesot

@neowarrior121 Yeah, most of these miss the mark by a wide margin.  I'm wondering if they forgot that these are media machines that will be operating on a single television.  Most TVs can't even keep up with the faster GPUs and have lower native resolutions, so they require far less oomph.  My SteamBox/HTPC cost me $600.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@FkzAz well some of these may actually be worth the cost and be better then a ps4 and xbone just about 

oflow
oflow

@egger7577 @McGregor  Exactly.  They are counting on the fact that they have the ability to convert the entire Steam library to run on their OS, that and the fact that Steam with all its sales is like iTunes for games.  Console games are pushing $70 now, that same cash can get you a cart full of games in one of their sales.  Now combine this with the ability to share your library with friends for free and the already established social community they have and it starts actually looking a lot better.


amafi
amafi

@neowarrior121@FkzAzjust withouth the ability to run games that people care about. But hey, who cares about game support on a machine what is made for playing games? Not me, that's for certain.