http://i.imgur.com/4egza7M.jpg
"Alienware and Valve, the developers of the world's largest online gaming platform and the creators of the Half-Life franchise, have been collaborating on designing the first dedicated Alienware Steam Machine gaming console."

Valve is showing off the Steam Machines that will release in 2014 right now at CES. As it turns out, Alienware is one such brand to enter the Steam Machine mix and I am really happy about this. Dell's Alienware might be a bit on the expensive end but it provides a pretty great value for your gaming dollar. Alienware has said it's Steam Machine will feature an Intel CPU and Nvida chip but not much more as they plan to talk more about it in detail at PAX East.

The other companies that will be building Steam Machines are iBuyPower, Falcon Northwest, Materiel.net, Alternate, Next, CyberPowerPC, Origin, Digital Storm, Scan Computers, Webhallen, Gigabyte, and Zotac. With prices ranging from $499 to $6000 it seems like we will have a pretty nice range of choices. I can't imagine wanting to spend a ton on a Steam Machine but after the market settles out I bet the prices won't stay high.

I encourage you to check out the photos The Verge has of some of the Steam Machine boxes as they really all do bring something different with each design.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/6/5282122/valve-13-steam-machine-partners

http://www.gamespot.com/videos/a-look-at-the-alienware-steambox/2300-6416734/ ( gamespot has a really great video of the new Alienware machine )

http://www.joystiq.com/2014/01/06/alienware-announces-valve-partnership-steam-machines/

Steam Machines are coming but one critical thing is the games. Currently Steam on Linux has a few hundred games but Valve has been working with publishers to port more games. They said they will unveil that sometime after Valve Developer Days.

**edit**

Valve just released a press release about new Steam Machine partnerships and CES as well as a PDF listing Steam Machine specs and prices.

http://store.steampowered.com/news/12175/?snr=1_550_552
http://media.steampowered.com/store/steammachines/SteamMachinesBroc_WEB.PDF

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/07/2014 at 02:58am

I really appreciate the form factor of the Alienware Steam Machine (it's a big bigger than the Steam controller) and if the price, specs and reviews seem solid, would have no problems picking it up.

Exciting times.

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/07/2014 at 04:53am

Mine will be closer to the $499 mark rather than the $6,000 mark. I don't need much, as long as the streaming feature is solid.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/07/2014 at 04:58am

Yeah, I can't imagine wanting to spend a grand or more on a console. I can see that someone would, but not me. I might go to about as much as i'd spend on a normal PC, which is about $800 but i'd rather not.

I hope the streaming works well for Skyrim but i'd rather get a port :D

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