Valve announces first round of Steam Machines

Discussion created by kingfish on Jan 7, 2014

quote: Valve Software is the undisputed king of PC gaming software, thanks to  classic titles like "Portal' and "Half Life" and its multi-player  distribution service, Steam — which now boasts more than 65 million  users. But in a move that's got gamers the world over chomping at the  bit, the Seattle-based company made its first step into the world of  gaming hardware Monday night at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in  Las Vegas, when it announced the companies it has partnered with to  develop its highly anticipated "Steam Machines."

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The lineup of Steam Machines announced today offers a wide variety of  price and performance options made possible by the Steam Machine’s open  design, with systems starting as low as $499 and top end systems  rivaling today’s bleeding edge gaming PCs.

Every Steam Machine  includes an innovative Steam Controller designed for use with a wide  variety of game genres, and is powered by the SteamOS, a custom OS built  atop Linux.

"The first generation Steam Machines offers  something for every gamer, which is a critical part of extending Steam  into the living room," said Gabe Newell of Valve. "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."

Announced earlier this year, Steam  Machines are new entertainment systems targeted for use in the living  room and leveraging Steam, the popular online platform for gaming and  software with over 65 million accounts worldwide.

The makers of first generation Steam Machines are:

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