Valve’s First Generation of Steam Machines Unveiled

Earlier today, the folks at CyberpowerPC were showing off their $500 Steam Machine. Now Valve has thrown the lid off the upcoming devices, revealing the full list of manufacturers who will be producing the machines.

In the accompanying press release, Gabe Newell of Valve is quoted as saying,

“The first generation Steam Machines offers something for every gamer, which is a critical part of extending Steam into the living room. With over 3,000 games and more than 65 million gamers on Steam, it’s important to offer gamers a variety of Steam Machines that allow them to select what makes the most sense for them.”

While this may sound like a bit of an exaggeration, it looks like it could actually be true. With Steam Machines running the pricing gamut from $499 (CyberpowerPC, iBuyPower) all the way up to those incorporating Nvidia GeForce Titan video cards (which run around $1,000 alone), there will certainly be plenty of options competing for your living room gaming dollars.

While the Steam Machines are slated to launch in 2014, no specific release date is available yet. Until then, you’ll have to content yourself with the list of confirmed manufacturers below. Unless, of course, you’re one of the lucky few who received one of the demo units Valve has been sending. If you’re one of those folks, let us know how it handles!

  • Alienware
  • Alternate
  • CyberPowerPC
  • Digital Storm
  • Falcon NW
  • GigaByte
  • iBuyPower
  • Maingear
  • Material.net
  • Next Spa
  • Origin PC
  • Scan
  • Webhallen
  • Zotac

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8 Comments on Valve’s First Generation of Steam Machines Unveiled

Steve

On January 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm

I really don’t get these steam machines. What makes them different from prebuilt PCs? You can build your own powerful gaming PC for a cheaper price compared to a lot of these steam machines.

lol

On January 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

@Steve

I guess the convenience of playing infront of your TV like a console or even for pure performance since I’m assuming Windows won’t be on it at all.

Michael

On January 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I can’t wait. Did anyone forget cheaper game prices.

kyle

On January 6, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I don’t understand the point of these either….I can just use an hdmi chord with my pc and I have steam in my living room for cheaper than these….am I missing something here? Cause it seems like most people playing on pc would already have a pc and wouldn’t need these. Especially since they said they’re not making any exclusive games for steamOS

Hawke

On January 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm

@Kyle

I think thats exactly the point, just imagine Steam machine is unveiled and a few weeks later Half Life 3 in announced… as a Steam machine exclusive. They’ll make millions.

Luther

On January 7, 2014 at 2:09 am

I’m interested in building my own.

kyle

On January 7, 2014 at 5:57 am

@Hawke
Yea but even if they do announce half life 3….which I’m pretty sure will never happen lol…valve already said they won’t be making any games exclusive to these steam machines. I just don’t get it.. I mean i could see the cheaper ones selling for people who don’t know how to build a pc..but the expensive ones are obviously targeted at hardcore pc gamers….who probably won’t she’ll out that kind of money because they aleady have a pc

Ron Whitaker

On January 7, 2014 at 6:28 am

@Kyle: I think they’re targeting these at console gamers. With the underwhelming launch of the next-gen consoles, some of those folks are eyeing the world of PC gaming, but the barriers to entry can be a bit daunting. These machines would allow a console gamer to get into PC gaming in a way that feels familiar to them, but still gives them lots of the advantages of PC gaming – like access to Steam.

Valve’s trying to grow the PC gaming market with more people, not just get the PC folks to buy a living room machine – although they’ll take those sales too, I am sure.