Valve's Steam Machine Partners Include Alienware, CyberPowerPC

By Pete Haas 2014-01-06 09:36:04 discussion comments
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Valve has lined up at least a dozen PC hardware companies to produce their Steam Machines. Each of these partners will offer pre-built PCs with different specs that can be upgraded and customized by users.

Engadget notes that Valve will be holding a press conference at 5pm PST so they may announce additional manufacturers then. Here's the list of hardware partners announced so far, though:
  • Alienware
  • Falcon Northwest
  • iBuyPower
  • CyberPowerPC
  • Origin PC
  • Gigabyte
  • Materiel.net
  • Webhallen
  • Alternate
  • Next
  • Zotac
  • Scan Computers
Some of these companies' Steam Machines have already been detailed by individual companies. Their specs are as diverse as normal PC's. Digital Storm will manufacture a $1,469 model with an Nvidia GTX Titan. Gamers with less cash to burn can opt for iBuyPower's $499 Steam Machine.

CyberPowerPC is challenging iBuyPower on the low end of the price spectrum as well. Today they revealed the specs for their two Steam Machines. The custom chassis can be seen in the image above. The first model is $499, while the second is $699:

Steam Machine A

Case: CYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine Gaming Chassis
Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5
Processor: AMD A6-6400K 3.90 GHz
Storage: 500GB SATA-III 7200 RPM HDD
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory
Chipset: mITX motherboard w/ 802.11 WiFi + Bluetooth
Steam Controller
Steam OS

Steam Machine I

Case: CYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine Gaming Chassis
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5
Processor: Intel Core i3-4330 3.50 GHz
Storage: 500GB SATA-III 7200 RPM HDD
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory
Chipset: mITX motherboard w/ 802.11 AC WiFi + Bluetooth
Steam Controller
Steam OS

All Steam Machines, regardless of their specs, come loaded with a Linux-based operating system called SteamOS. SteamOS is free to download and already supports hundreds of Steam titles. The beta was released in December but it's not for casual PC users just yet. Installing the OS will wipe your computer's hard drive.

Valve also developed a new Steam Controller for gaming on these rigs. The Steam Controller has two trackpads instead of analog sticks to replicate the precision of mouse controls. The gamepad also sports haptic sensors to produce vibrations. You can see a video demonstration of the controller here.

The hardware beta for the Steam Machine is currently underway. Valve sent out 300 prototypes to gamers across the United States. Steam Machines will begin hitting stores later in 2014.

The image gallery below shows a few Steam Machine chassis. The radioactive ice cream sandwich is from iBuyPower, while the black and red tower is Digital Storm's. The sleek, grey model is Valve's prototype.
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