Steam Machine Roundup – CES 2014

Valve has been a busy little beaver rounding up some hardware partners for their upcoming Steam Machines, and at CES 2014 we finally got to see the fruits of their labor. Each Steam Machine varies from size, shape, internals and even operating systems, but we’ll break it down for you in just a second. Now don’t make us break this thing down for nothing…

You know, I was going to do this whole singing an Outkast song bit, but I wrote myself into a corner and I couldn’t get myself out of it. Let’s just ignore that setup and take a look at 5 of the Steam Machines that will be available to you anytime between now and the end of the year:

 

Alienware

ALIENWARE

Dimensions: 8″x8″x3″

Specs: No word outside of an Intel processor (most likely Haswell) and a NVidia graphics card.

Price: TBA

Availability: TBA

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I think this is the most attractive looking Steam Machine announced. With it’s dimensions, it’s much smaller than both of the new “Next Gen” consoles out today. Knowing Alienware, they spent a lot of money on voodoo to squeeze as much juice in this little baby as spiritually possible. They say that it will play games at 1080p to try to take a jab at the current round of consoles, but they don’t say what games or at what settings they are playing 1080p; That could be anywhere between Super Meat Boy to Left 4 Dead 2.  We’ll let you know more when we get more information.

 

IBuyPower SBX

IBUYPOWER

Dimensions: “About the size of an XBox One”

Specs: Both Intel and AMD variants, but no specifics. GPU is a 2GB AMD R9 270. No other details have been given.

Price: $499 (possibly a starting price)

Availability: Later in 2014

This is probably the most console looking PC I’ve seen. I don’t mean that in a bad way by any means, the case just screams PC with it’s, what looks like, thin metal body and it’s LED light strip. Allegedly, you’ll be able to change the color of the LED light via smartphone app.

 

 Scan NC10

SCANSC10

Dimensions: None available

Specs: CPU is a 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 4000M. GPU is a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M. 8GB of RAM. Standard 500GB of storage.

Price: $1090

Availability: 2014

Easily one of the more unique Steam Machines, the Scan NC10 is the thinnest offerings from all Valve’s hardware partners. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but it should have no problem blending in with your current home theater setup.

 

Webhallen

Webhallen

Dimensions: None available

Specs: CPU Intel Core i7. GPU is a NVIDIA GTX 780. 16 Gigs of ram. 1TB of SSHD storage.

Price: $1499 (starting)

Availability: 2014

The Webhallen is one of the larger Steam Machines announced, and honestly it seems more like a drawf PC rather than a console PC like the others. What it lacks in subtlety, though, it makes up for in raw power (and price).

 

Zotac

ZOTAC

Dimensions: None available

Specs: CPU enthusiast-class Intel. GPU NVidia GTX of some sort.

Price: $499 to $6000

Availability: 2014

Zotac has been a little sparse with the details on it’s small, router looking PC, but it has an excellent starting price (assuming that price level gets us that very much valued “1080p” viewing they keep talking about). It’s curious that the maxing out price for this little machine is so high, and I can’t help but wonder “How exactly can you fit $6000 worth of stuff inside a router?”

 

What do you guys think of the Steam Machines? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Via IGN

Eric Paul

Eric Paul

I draw stuff and occasionally build websites. I sometimes like to write words about the video games, personal computing machine devices, and moving pictures too.

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