Steam Machine Steals The Show At CES 2014, 13 Different Companies Announce Theirs

When CES started yesterday in Las Vegas, 13 diferent steam machines were announced. And I’ve got photo’s for you to look at!

The 13 different steam machines range in price massively, from $500 to a whopping $6,000.

 

I was personally surprised at how many steam machines have come about, and I have a feeling that it’ll be invading more homes than we think. Bearing in mind there are 65 million Steam user, and it’s pretty obvious they will be advertising the hell out of the SteamOS/Steam Machines when the first one is released. But then again, how many of those steam accounts are dead? Old PC’s, Double Accounts, even I have my account which I only used once in a while to gift games and purchase Prison Architect.

 

Here’s all steam machines with their specs and price attached to it. If you want to have another look at the box, simply click on the image itself for a different photo.

 

This one will run steamOS and windows, and is certainly a powerhouse, with 16GB of RAM and also an i7 CPU, AND a GTX 780, this one will be running games well for the next few years. But this is nothing compared to another steam machine!


Now we already knew about this one, but we didn’t know the specs. Something else that came about recently was the fact that you can change the lights on the box with an app on your iOS/Android device.

Being as we’ve already seen a few photos of this, I think it’s a good idea you get to see the back of this machine. Oh, and thanks Tom’s Hardware!

 

I couldn’t really think of anything to say about this, so I’ll just type this here…..


As much as I like minimalistic designs, this one’s a bit boring, that’s my opinion anyway. I don’t understand the choice of 8GB flash memory, that’s nothing nowadays when it comes to installing games. And SSHD is a good idea though. For those who aren’t sure what it is, here’s a description. For those who cant be bothered, it’s a combination of an SSD and a HDD, where half of it is an SSD which stores the most frequently used content, and HDD stores the less used content.

 

So here’s the other steam machine which is a beast, but also seems to have been hit with the ugly stick a few times, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it cost around $3,000, with 2 $1,000 GTX Titans, and an i7 CPU, that alone brings it up to $2,350, and it’ll no doubt have around 12/16GB of RAM another $130.  Oh darn! It till needs a HDD, well a machine like this will no doubt have a HDD and an SSD, Let’s give it a 1TB HDD at $50 and a 160GB SSD $120. That brings it to $2,650. My prediction (and hold me to it) is that it’ll be priced at $2,995. Comeback here in half a year and see me be right! :)

Here’s the other box that seems to have ben smacked with an ugly stick a few times, it looks like a 1990′s CD/Cassette player.
I really like this design however, it seems to have an apple feel to it. Woah, it really does, but nevertheless it definitely is a bit bigger than an iPod shuffle! I do however believe the choice of a 500GB HDD is a bit silly, especially at the price of $1,090 and how big games are, just watch this IGN video about how the PS4 HDD is full at 407GB, and also how the Xbox One is full at a ridiculous 362GB, now we know why they didn’t include the option to view HDD size in the options!
Wait, didn’t we just see this design with the Material.net machine? But thanks for the photo engadget!

This design looks nice but a bit strange as well, but for a $499 price tag it’s definitely got some good specs. I guess a 1tb HDD isn’t possible on a $499 machine, then again, it does eat up $50 of the budget which could be spent on something else.

That’s right, even Alienware got into the steam machine business, and it is said to be priced ‘competitively’ with Xbox One/PS4, which means a price tag between the region of $450/$600 I reckon. Here’s it’s pretty cool design:

The Alienware design didn’t seem to get any specs nor pricing, only the statement that it’ll be competitively priced. Although I’ve noticed, the USB’s are black, not blue. Which could mean they are USB 2.0 unless it’s part of the design. I’d be pretty surprised if they are using USB 2.0, being as how infamous Alienware are for ‘top-notch’ PC’s…. well, we all know they aren’t really that good, just priced as high as the sky and have pretty lights on…..

 

And there you have it, all 13 steam machine prices!

  1. DigitalChaos’s avatar

    The ibuypower looks kinda like a flashy ps4. Falcon Northwest TIKI is pretty much a over priced PC, hope its able to make me sammichs while i play DONT STARVE both the steam game and IRL at that price for it XD

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  2. jurian’s avatar

    Most of these are laughable. The big idea behind the steam machine was to bring pc gaming to the living room like the consoles. Why would I want a tower next to the tv? It’s pointless. And then there are the ones that are using other pc vendor cases, they may be microatx/itx cases, but I’d much rather build my own pc and put steamos on it, or windows and install steam and set it to run on startup and default to big picture mode.

    The only ones that are possibly worth it are the:

    Cyberpowerpc
    Scan-nc10
    Ibuypower
    Gigabyte – brix pro
    Zotac
    Alienware

    All because of the original specially made cases, and are assuming them to be relatively the same size as other consoles. The rest of them are just PCs that run steam.

    P.S. An SSHD has a portion of the drive as solid state (usually not anywhere close to half. Most commonly about 8gb), which generally acts kind of like a cache. The drive itself determines what it writes to the ssd portion (if the drive is self optimized) or the OS, device drivers, and/or software (if host optimized). You never install or put or see anything on the ssd portion.

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    1. Shapeshifter’s avatar

      Dude mini atx isn’t that bad it’s a great platform
      Google mini atx builds and see the price u can build ur own it’s not like mini atx is exclusive to oems
      U can build a 400 dollar build which will be smaller than a ps3 and 3-4 times more powerful than a prebuilt system
      The steam machines are amazing and though a few of them are pricey and large even the cheaper smaller ones will suffice and play a lot of games on high settings
      Valve is even promoting building ur own system and will not reduce features etc

      Btw you’re right about the ssd caching bit my main laptop has a 64gb ssd caching drive with a 1tb and it is way faster than a 7200rpm 1tb and nearly as fast as a high end ssd

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  3. gunblade’s avatar

    Skip to commmet I only like the steam box cuz it was lil and tiny like the new mac air pro but I haven’t used my steam go a while counter strike was the game… O wish gaming pc motherboard came with dual flu or like the ps4 jus sumtjing with a two core i7 and a core I5 to handle the background prosessing probly 8rams for each cpu better built I’m graphics card…

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  4. gunblade’s avatar

    Nice article dough I Still like alienware… Herd razor thinks it’s spelled is prety cool but if they making steam box then yea they should think to make them like consoles an like two or three hundred dollars..

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    1. Roland’s avatar

      Fun fact: Alienware = Dell.

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  5. omegarib’s avatar

    The weballen one remind me my washing machine Hahaha Hahaha! !!

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  6. Dockotis’s avatar

    Up to $6,000 for a stream machine?!… for $4,000 I can build a sexy tower that looks better, functions better with multiply OS’, NVidia Titan SLI while rolling with a Quad-core i7, 16GB RAM, liquid cooling system, and seeing how Steam OS was said to be openly available (really also a glorified and OS version of Steam Big Picture), I wouldn’t go anywhere near $6,000…

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  7. Roland’s avatar

    I’m so excited the idea of the steam machine is, dare I say it, picking up steam.

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  9. gunblade’s avatar

    Yep it was jus like the first gaming pc that I thought was prety mean I also like there area 51 cases… Wish Sony do like an alien ware thing with there vioa wish they was real cheap though…

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