Steam Box News: Release Date, Price, Specs, Controller for Steam Machines

January 10, 2014 Updated: January 13, 2014

The latest Steam Box news includes many details people have been waiting for–including price and specs for the Steam Machine.

Valve announced 13 different partners recently, and with that announcement came specifics about the different models–and pictures.

Below are some of the machines.

Valve Steam Machine

Steam machine

Though Valve has partnered with different companies for different Steam Machine models, it is still making its own.

The black box looks sleek and is what the 300 beta testers receieved in the mail in December.

There was a mixture of Nvidia Titan, GTX660, GTX760 and GTX780.

The Machines have different processors. Some have i7-4770, some have i5-4570, and some have i3.

Additionally, unlike some of the other machines, Valve hasn’t announced a price yet.

Digital Storm Bolt II

The Storm II has a 240mm liquid cooling system combined with multiple perforated ventilation zones. It also has removable brackets on the graphics card, storage drives, and cooling system.

People can customize this through four configurations. One packs an Intel Core i7-4770k processor, Nvidia GTX 780 Ti graphics card, 16GB of RAM, 120GB SSD, 1TB hard drive – and a steep price of $2,584 (about £1,574, AU$2890), reported Tech Radar.

Systems with a more basic configuration will start around $1,899 (about £1,157, AU$2,120).

Scan 3XS Steam NC10

Scan

This machine is only 45mm high, and has a width of 202x369mm, reported Expert Reviews.

The basic specs are: Intel Core i3 4000m processor, 8GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1,600MHz RAM, a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics card and a 500GB Western Digital hard disk. Customization is available, including SSDs.

Price is set at $1,090/£699 (about AU$1220).

The release date is set for the second half of 2014.

 

iBuyPower Steam Machine

ibuypower

This system, which has the Steam controller beside it, will go for the more modest price of $499 (about £300, AU$560).

The release date is slated for around June.

It will be equipped with SteamOS, the operating system that Valve has been developing.

The specs are: Radeon R7 260X graphics card, a quad-core Athlon X4 740 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD.

Zotac Steam Machine

Zotac

This machine is slated to be released in the second half of 2014, Zotac says.

It includes: Intel Core processor (TBA), NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processor (TBA), and an all-black 3rd generation ZBOX chassis.

It also includes SteamOS and a Steam Controller.

The price is pegged at $599.

Alienware Steam Machine

Alienware

Alienware says its system will be released in late 2014, and won’t release pricing information at this point.

Specs aren’t available yet, either, but the company says it will have an Intel CPU and NVIDIA GPU.

“Our goal for the Alienware Steam Machine is to meet or exceed the performance and gaming experience of next generation consoles,” it says on its website.

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