Pics, Prices, and Specs Revealed for 13 First Gen Steam Machines

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We’re not even a full week into 2014 and already there’s a major technology event to cover. For those of you still shaking off the aftereffects of lazing around for the holidays, the International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas. (I’ve avoided online interaction so much over the past two weeks I didn’t even realize CES was this week until it began today!)

One of the headline topics going into the show was Valve’s Steam Machines, the open source living room computers running the SteamOS, and designed to utilize the odd-looking Steam Controller.

300 lucky beta testers received prototype systems over the holidays, but earlier this evening Valve revealed actual images, pricing details, and hardware specs for 13 Steam Machine rigs created by a wide range of third-party PC manufacturers, including: Alienware, Alternate, CyberPowerPC, Digital Storm, Falcon NW, GigaByte, iBuyPower, Maingear, Material.net, Next Spa, Origin PC, Scan, Webhallen, and Zotac.

Like all PCs, Steam Machines will be available at a broad range of price points and system specs, from as cheap as $499 all the way up to as expensive as $6,000. For some of the lower end “$499 and up” models it’s a bit murky as to what the specs will be, but from what’s listed it appears that even the cheaper machines should be more than capable of running any game on Steam. As old as my current PC is, one of the $499 models would be a major upgrade for me, and at this point I’m beginning to contemplate buying a Steam Machine before getting a PS4 or Xbox One since I have been gravitating back to PC gaming more and more over the past couple months.

Look below for the Steam Machine images Valve provided in a PDF brochure from CES. So, whatcha think?

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