Remember the IBuyPower Steam Machine prototype that broke cover yesterday? The one that looks like a nuclear sandwich with the crusts cut off? We're excited about Valve's new play for the living room, but as always, the price has to be right.
The price, it turns out, is going to be $499. Game on, next-gen consoles.
According to a follow-up report from The Verge, IBuyPower's machine is priced to directly compete with the Xbox One (which costs the same Stateside), boasting a "multicore AMD CPU" and a "discrete AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card." The Steam Controller will also be included as standard, along with its versatile vibrating trackpads and adorable owlish stylings.
This aggressively low pricing is nothing less a statement of intent; that Steam Machines are willing to duke it out on console's home turf, and on their own terms. If we see more manufacturers taking this tack - remember, there'll be both entry-level and advanced models available - and SteamOS actually works, we reckon that they'll be a tempting little offer. After all, a gaming PC offers the widest range of games, most competitive pricing and the most impressive visuals around... and Steam Machines could help to remove the two remaining rough edges of relative inconvenience and high up-front cost that stop many gamers from taking the plunge.
That said, we don't know enough about the CPU to make any kind of judgement call here. At all. Plus, if we've learned anything from Valve, it's that everything works brilliantly... eventually.
What sort of specs will you look for from a Steam Machine - and how much would you be willing to pay?