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Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

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Jonathan Lester
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Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

Valve have finally lifted the lid off the Steam Machines once and for all, releasing the full list of available models, prices (up to $4999.99!) and some of their specifications too.

To be honest, it's a confusing and somewhat embarrassing shambles. Instead of one clear message, over a dozen machines are desperately trying to claw their way into the limelight, most of which have similar specs or even upgradable in and of themselves, making for a bit of a nightmare for consumers.

Great. Still, in an effort to make things as easy as possible, here are all of the Steam Machines announced so far, how much they'll cost, their specs where possible and a bit of commentary. Bear in mind that only US prices are currently available and we've got no word on a European rollout yet (but the Gods of VAT will not smile on us, no doubt).

Alienware Steam Machine

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

Starting at $479.99 USD

Big power, tiddly form factor. "The Alienware Steam Machine combines the awesome experience of console gaming with a massive library of over 980 games, all in full 1080p HD on your TV. You’ll experience powerful and immersive gaming with the high performance NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5 graphics and Intel® Core processors."

So basically it's an Alienware Alpha, then. Specs here. Chances are you'll need to spend quite a lot more than the base price to get future-proofed bang for your buck.

Alternate Steam Machine

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

$1,099.99 USD to $1,999.99 USD

Available in multiple specifications from basic Intel® Core™ i3-4130 to 'Ultra' Core 15 with 2TB SSHD, the Alternate Steam Machine has a lot of options. Will it have anything to set it apart from the crowd, though, especially since an i7 option isn't on the table?

ASUS Steam Machine

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

Starting at $699.99 USD

Damn but this thing is pretty. Decent specs too - hopefully the ultra models won't be too expensive. If they're at least vaguely reasonable then the ROG GR8S could be the one to beat.

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5/i7 processors
  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9-series graphics
  • Memory: DDR3 4GB ~ 16GB
  • Storage: 500GB/1TB 7200rpm HDD, or 128GB ~ 512GB SSD

Digital Storm Steam Machine

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

I can't find a single interesting thing to say about the Digital Storm Steam Machine. The specs aren't bad for the price, if accurate, but again I don't know how this will rise above the rest of the pack.

  • Price: $699
  • CPU: Intel® Pentium® G3220
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 960 2GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • Storage: 1TB 7200RPM Machnical

Falcon Northwest Tiki Steam Machine

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

$1,999.99 USD to $4,999.99 USD

Here's one of the premium machines. Starting at near enough $2000, we're talking some serious upgradeable grunt alongside liquid cooling in a relatively compact form factor. Mind you, most PC gamers will tell you that they can assemble a competiting machine for less, and they're right.

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ up to i7-4790K
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 900 series, including Titan and Titan-Z class
  • Memory: Up to 16GB of DDR3-1866 MHz
  • Storage: Up to 8 TB of SSD or SSDs and a standard HDD
  • Completely customizable configurations
  • Liquid cooled CPU

Gigabyte BRIX Pro

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

$599.99 USD

Awww! It's so tiny! The Gigabyte BRIX Pro is insanely small, but still includes a Core i7 processor and Intel Iris 5200 graphics. Whether it's actually worth anywhere near that sort of money remains to be seen, though, or whether it's basically a cute novelty.

  • Ultra compact PC design - 0.79L (62 x 111.4 x 114.4 mm)

  • IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0 Mini-PCIe card
  • HDMI plus Mini DisplayPort Outputs (supports dual displays)
  • 4K resolution output (4096 x 2304 via HDMI)

IBuyPower SBX

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

Starting at $459.99 USD

The "Nuclear Sandwich" is back, though looks much less appetising in black. As a budget option, the starting specs aren't great, but a fair few people will probably enjoy having a Cylon in their AV cabinet.

  • CPU: AMD Athlon™ X4 840
  • GPU: ATI Radeon™ R7 250X 1GB GDDR5
  • RAM: 4GB Ram (Up to 8GB Ram)
  • Storage: 500GB HDD (Up to 1TB HDD)

Maingear DRIFT

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

Starting at $849.99 USD

Here's another "highly customisable" steam machine, packing a range of processors, GPUs, storage solutions and closed-loop liquid cooling. It's an attractive piece of kit, though again, we don't know how much we'll need to spend for a decent future-proofed model. Probably a lot considering that it starts at $849.

  • CPU: Up to Intel® Core™ 4790K
  • GPU: Up to NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 980 and AMD R9 290X
  • Storage: Up to 2x 1TB SSD and 1x 6TB 3.5’ HDD
  • RAM: Up to 16GB of DDR 3 Memory
  • Other: Epic 120 Liquid Cooling

Materiel.net Steam Machine

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

$899.99 USD

This piece of kit is designed to be "elegant, easy to use, powerful, and scalable." The jury's out on the first two, but the specs are pretty decent at under $900.

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ 4440
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 960 OC
  • Memory: TBD
  • Storage: SSHD - 1TB To (8GB Nand)

NextBox

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

$799.99 USD to $1,299.99 USD

Uh-huh. We see what you did there. Vaguely amusing name aside, it's yet another 'decent if unspectacular' option.

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ I5 4460
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 970
  • Memory: 8Gb DDR3
  • Storage: 512GB SSD

Origin Omega

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

Up to $4,999.99 USD.

Origin don't mess about. Their PCs are bleeding-edge, superbly made and cost a frankly obscene amount of money. If you need three GTX 980s, 32GB of high-end RAM and 14TB of storage, this is the one you want.

Also, we need to hang out some time.

  • CPU: Up to an Intel® Core™ i7 4770k
  • GPU: Up to 3-WAY NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 980
  • Memory: Up to 32GB of 1866Mhz
  • Storage: Up to 14TB

Scan 3XS ST

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

$999.99 USD to $1,299.99 USD

Yet another middle-of-the-road option that only goes up to core i5.

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 970
  • Memory: 8GB of Corsair DDR3 as standard, with 16GB available
  • Storage: 120GB SSD as standard, with larger options available

Syber Steam Machine

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

$499.99 USD to $1,399.99 USD

Cool looks aside, this could be quite an interesting option, starting at just $499 if you basically just want an HTPC or streaming station. You really, really won't get much for that base edition though.

  • Price: $1,399
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4790K
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 980 4GB
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • Storage: 1TB 7200 RPM HDD

Webhallen S15-01

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

$949.99 USD

Oh thank goodness, a non-upgradeable option with locked in specs. The bad news: they're unspectacular but the 1TB SSHD is a nice touch, and the case is rather cute.

  • Bitfenix Pandora chassis – sleek profile and aluminum construction
  • Intel Core i5-4460 – four core, high powered CPU with low power consumption
  • GeForce GTX 960 2GB – cost efficient, high graphics with low power consumption
  • 8GB DDR3 1600MHz – high speed memory
  • 1TB SSHD – hybrid SSD/HDD provides short loading times
  • H97-based mainboard – fully fledged mainboard provides all the performance and upgrade options needed
  • 500W PSU – low noise PSU with stable operation

ZOTAC Steam Machine

Here are all the Steam Machines... and how much they cost

$999.99 USD

A thousand Dollars for a laptop/notebook graphics card? Not convinced.

  • CPU: Intel® 6th Gen Processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 SODIMM bundled
  • Storage: 2.5” 1TB HDD + 64GB M.2 SSD

So there you have it: a confusing mess of machines with no clear differentiation or niche. Come on Valve: you have to pick it up.

Add a comment9 comments
Tsung  Mar. 6, 2015 at 11:51

O dear, when will companies learn?. Here we have a load of different looking boxes (the majority are pretty ugly tbh) none of which seem to be practical for "under the TV" space.

Rather than lots of different configurations, Valve should have specified and limited the options (processer/graphics/memory) I have no idea who the target market is for these Steam Machines?

Is it pro gamers? Unlikely, they will have a really powerful PC already, chances are if they buy one, they will use in-home streaming feature and use their more powerful PC for processing.

Is it Console Owners? Unlikely, the machines with decent grunt costs too much (relative to consoles), the ones that are "cheaper" are likely to suffer from sub-standard performance (relative to console).

Casual Gamers? ... Mobiles / Tablets.

I suspect a lot of PC gamers who have the ability to build their own box and want one, will just do that. Build their own box.

So who is the target market?

JonLester  Mar. 6, 2015 at 11:58

Right on, Tsung. We've been saying that since day 0 - experienced PC gamers will say "no thanks, I'll build one or just use SteamLink" while a more casual/mainstream audience will run screaming from this frankly bewildering scene. With good reason.

We'll have an OP on the subject soon from a dedicated console gamer's perspective.

Last edited by JonLester, Mar. 6, 2015 at 12:00
BuzzDuraband  Mar. 6, 2015 at 12:02

I have just been reading about the Steam Link, seems like a great alternative to those already with the desired capabilities in their existing computers.

It's also expected to be released at $50.

Last edited by BuzzDuraband, Mar. 6, 2015 at 12:02
roberttaylor8273  Mar. 6, 2015 at 12:47

Oh dear have to agree with others, can see not appealing to anyone, too many differnt boxes all over priced so it's not going to appeal to hardcore or casual gamers, hardcore will have there own pc which are cheaper and suppass what's on offer and casuals will not pay this type of money if intrested at all.

TungstenShark  Mar. 6, 2015 at 14:11

I always thought that the main reason for SteamOS was to break the stranglehold of Windows on PC gaming, but introducing some thing with less functionality at a higher price is not the way to do it.

shippyt  Mar. 6, 2015 at 14:21

If those are the US retail prices then it's likely that they will just replace the $ signs with £'s for the UK market making them more expensive than a decent gaming rig.

Late  Mar. 6, 2015 at 14:38

Dear Valve.

I would like to play my steam library in my front room. Thank you for presenting me with these new options.

Option one - buy a ridiculously overpriced and fairly ugly "console".
Option two - buy a half-decent PC to replace the **** one I have elsewhere in the house, and pay fifty quid for a streaming device.

Best of luck to the third parties manufacturing and selling your consoles. They'll certainly need it.

Yours sincerely,
Every console gamer in the world.

JonLester  Mar. 6, 2015 at 15:11
Breadster  Mar. 6, 2015 at 17:44

I have to agree, I thought the whole point was to appeal to console gamers but these just look like smaller, overpriced PC's. It was supposed to be kept simple for the people that know nothing about PC components but the amount of variation makes it no different than looking at normal pre-built PC's.

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