The much awaited Valve Steam Machines are now released in the market. These machines are designed to compete with the most popular gaming consoles such as PlayStation, Xbox, and other media streaming devices with built-in gaming capabilities such as the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and many more.
According to the latest hardware news, the first three Valve Machines are created by well-known companies such as Alienware, Cyberpower, and ZOTAC and now being sold for $450 for the basic up to a whooping $1499 for the highest-end gaming machine. I know you can avail a separate Valve Steam Controller and Valve Steam Link sold for extra $49.99 each. By looking at the Valve machine it seems these gaming systems are using the latest high-end low profile graphics card.
In terms of technical specifications there are basic configurations with an Intel i3 processor, 2GB of Graphics processing power, 4GB of RAM, 500GB to 1TB of Hard Drive and high-end settings comes with double processing power as it is equipped with Intel latest i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 2TB of HDD.
To give you some clarifications, these Steam Machines are powered by computer peripherals that runs under Valve Steam Linux-based Operating System and will utilized their own gaming controller. On the other hand, what does the Steam Link hardware do – it was designed to allow current Steam gamers to access different games across their home network. Aside from playing games directly from the console using your HDTV, you can as well stream games for your PC such as games that are not yet available originally for the Steam OS.
The games that will be included during the launch are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rust, Half-Life 2, Portal 2, Borderlands 2, BioShock Infinite, and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition.
Valve explains more :
Steam Machines are stand-alone devices that let you enjoy the Steam gaming experience in one box, providing gamers with a host of hardware devices at a variety of price points and configurations. Customize a gaming experience that best suits your needs while choosing from Steam’s thousands of games, user-generated content, and more from any room in the home.