This year at CES 2014, Valve unveiled it’s hardware partners for their new Steam Machines. Among them are praised developers such as AlienWare and Digital Storm.
AlienWare Steam Machine
Being one of the most respected gaming PC developers in the industry, it’s no surprise AlienWare is developing their own Steam Machine. The console is an 8″ by 8″ square design and is about 3″ high. It has two USB 3.0 ports on the front along with both the Steam and AlienWare logos. Like the Xbox One, the machine has both an HDMI In and an HDMI Out, however there is on news on whether or not there will be pass-through. AlienWare is being fairly discrete about what kind of hardware it’s packing. They have said that the Steam Machine will utilize Intel-based CPU and NVIDIA GPU.
Next “Spa” Steam Machine
Being one of many Steam Machines announced, the Next Spa is packing NVIDIA GTX 760 GPU and 1 Terabyte of storage.
Zotac Steam Machine
The Steam Machine being developed by Zotac is on the small side, both in size and price. It will cost around $599.99 USD and be one of the smaller Steam Machines on the market.
Scan Computers’ NC10
Easily one of the sleekest and thinnest Steam Machines announced thus far, the NC10 is packing 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 4000M and features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M with 8GB of RAM and 500GB of storage. It is sure to be one of the more interesting pieces of hardware on your shelf. It will be priced at $1,090.00 USD.
Webhallen Steam Machine
Of all the SteamOS powered devices unveiled at CES, Webhallen’s is by far, one of the most expensive, with the starting price being $1,499.00 USD. The machine come with an NVIDIA GTX 780 GPU and an Intel Core i7 CPU. It will also feature 16Gb of RAM and 1TB of storage. It’s packing a lot, so the price isn’t that unfair…
Falcon Northwest “Tiki”
On the pricey side of the Steam Machine spectrum is the Tiki. The console will cost anywhere between $1,799.00 and $6,000.00 USD. That is pretty pricey, but it seems that Falcon Northwest has gone all-out with what’s under the hood to make it worth it. The CPU is apparently customizable, while it’s rumored that the machine will pack Intel Core i7 processors. It is confirmed, however that the console will come with Nvidia GeForce Titan GPU. The memory can be as high as 6TB, 6 times the standard amount for these machines! It also has some cool art on the side similar to that of the artwork Valve used when they announced the Steam Machine on their website.
Material.net Steam Machine
From Material.net, comes their own Steam Machine. Packing an Intel Core i5 4440 CPU and a MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC graphics card. It will come equipped with 8GB of RAM and the storage will be 8Gb along with 1TB SSHD. It will cost $1,098.00 USD.
Gigabyte “Brix Pro”
One of the smallest consoles unveiled, the Brix Pro is extremely compact and won’t take up too much space alongside your other devices. It has two USB ports on the front (4 total) along with what looks like a headset jack. There is 1TB of HDD storage as well as an Intel Core i7-4770R processor, an Intel Iris Pro 5200 chipset for handling the graphics, and 8GB of RAM.
Being the first to announce partnership with Steam back in November 2013, iBuyPower has officially unveiled the SBX, one of the cheapest Steam Machines at only $499.00 USD. The SBX will feature a multicore AMD CPU.
The Spark is probably the lightest Steam Machine so far weighing in at only 0.89 pounds. The dimensions are (W)4.5″ x (H)2.34″ x (D)4.23″. It is incredibly compact and should fit just about anywhere you need it to. There’s a lot of info on this one so just read this article: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/07/ces-maingears-spark-steam-machine-announced
Like AlienWare, Origin is a highly praised gaming PC developer so it’s not surprising that they’re making one of Valve’s future consoles. On the top, it features the SteamOS logo and on the front, the Origin logo. The Chronos will support dual Nvidia SLE GeForce GTX Titan GPUs, a liquid CPU cooling system, and 14TB of storage, a massive amount for such a small PC (in comparison to others). Optional dual-boot upgrades will let the users switch between SteamOS, Windows 7, and Windows 8 on the fly. It will be available later this year.
Alternate Steam Machine
The Alternate Steam Machine will include a 1TB SSHD. In addition to that, there is an Intel Core i5 4570 processor, a Gigabyte GTX 760 handling the GPU work, and 16GB of RAM. It will release later this year and have a starting price of $1.339.00 in all.
CyberPowerPC Steam Machine
The two models will feature a 500GB hard drive, 8GB DDR3, and mITX motherboards with support for Bluetooth and USB 3.0. The first will run for $499.00 and the second, $699.00 USD.
Digital Storm “Bolt II”
Running for a whopping $1,899.00 USD, the Bolt II is one of the most expensive Steam Machines that will be available in 2014. It comes packing an Intel Core i7 4770K processor, 16GB of RAM, GTX 780 Ti GPU, and ITB HDD and 120GB SSD. The console features a liquid cooling system and the ability to use either SteamOS or Windows.
So what do you think of the brand-new Steam Machines? Will you pick one up or are they out of your price range? Let us know in the comments below!