Steam Machine specs and prices revealed

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No longer in the realm of vapourware, the Steam Machines have been revealed. Some of them are really rather pretty, although the price tag also reveals quite an asking price. As cool as these look, I might just buy the controller separately and build my own Steam Machine.

Over at CES, Valve revealed a range of details including pretty pictures, and expensive price tags. Not all of them are overly expensive, but some are equivalent to awesome gaming rigs.

  • Alternate: $1339 (R14 267)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4570
  • Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 760
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB SSHD
  • CyberPowerPC: $499 and up (R5 317+)
  • CPU: AMD/Intel Core i5 CPU
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 270/Nvidia GTX 760
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB
  • Digital Storm Bolt II: $2 584 (R27 533)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
  • Graphics: GTX 780 Ti
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 120GB SSD

Steam Box 1

  • Gigabyte Brix Pro: TBD
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770R
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • RAM: 2 x 4GB
  • Storage: 1TB SATA 6Gb/sata
  • Falcon Northwest: $1,799 to $6000 (R19 168 – R63 931)
  • CPU: customizable
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan
  • RAM: 8 to 16 GB
  • Storage: up to 6 TB
  • iBuyPower: $499 and up (R5 317+)
  • CPU: Quad core AMD or Intel
  • Graphics: Radeon GCN Graphics
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB+
  • $1,098 (R11 700)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4440
  • Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 8 GB + 1 TB SSHD

Steam box 2

  • Next SPA: price TBD
  • CPU: Intel Core i5
  • Graphics: Nvidia GT 760
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 1TB
  • Origin PC Chronos: price TBD
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K (3.9 to 4.6 GHz)
  • Graphics: 2 x 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX Titans
  • Scan NC 10: $1,090 (R11 614)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 4000M
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB

Steam box 3

  • Webhallen: $1,499 (R15 972)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7
  • Graphics: Nvidia GT 780
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSHD
  • Zotac: $599 (R6 382)
  • CPU: Intel Core (TBD)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX
  • RAM – TBD
  • Storage – TBD

It appears to me that the Steam Machine has an identity crisis. As I understood it, the Steam Machine was meant to be a small, set-top box that could run your Steam library in the living room. However, it seemed to me that it was primarily a streaming media PC, meant to link your existing awesome gaming rig with your TV. At these prices, who would buy this above and beyond their existing PC? Presumably the only people who would buy this are those who already use a PC for gaming and are fans of Steam, so I’m not sure the value added by these boxes would be worth the price.

Some of the specs are excellent, and the machines certainly look pretty, but do Steam Machines really need to have such high specs? Each of these Steam Machines absolutely blow PS4 and Xbox One out of the water – but they also cost way more. I’m sure they will be fantastic pieces of machinery – but how necessary are they, especially at that price.

Alien steam box

Finally, I’m a bit worried about the absence of the Alienware version specs and price. Man, that box looks pretty, but considering all the other prices and specs, I’m sort of terrified of what is inside and how much it costs.

Last Updated: January 7, 2014

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