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Valve Has Announced the Steam Machine’s Release Date and Prices

Valves console shaped computers hit store shelves this November

Valve have announced that the Steam Machines will hit store shelves on November 10th, along with the Steam Link and the Steam Controller. Meanwhile, some customers who pre-ordered the Steam machine can expect to get it on October 16th.

The computer designers Alienware and CyberPower will be the first to release their version of the machine, while other Steam Machine manufacturers are expected to release plans for pre-ordering their systems in the later months.


All versions of the Steam Machine will run a Linux variant with Steam’s big picture mode of interface called SteamOS. The Steam Machine will only be able to run games with Linux compatibility, but this does mean that it will be able to support between 1,000 and 1,200 games at launch. Valve are also working on adding direct Linux support to as many games as possible and the console is still capable of playing any game if there streamed from a local Windows or Mac computer.

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The Steam Machines starting price is $449 and the Steam Controller will cost $49/€54. Also the Steam Link. which can connect any TV to your PC, Mac or Steam Machine wirelessly will also cost $49/€54.

Here is a breakdown of all the Steam Machines:

$449

  • Intel Core i3 – 4130T DC
  • nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB 7200RPM HDD
  • 1×1 802.11 Wireless Card
  • Steam Controller

$549

  • Intel Core i3 – 4130T DC
  • nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD
  • 1×1 802.11 Wireless Card
  • Steam Controller

$649

  • Intel Core i5 – 4590T QC
  • nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD
  • 2×2 802.11 AC
  • Steam Controller

$749

  • Intel Core i7 – 4765T QC
  • nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD
  • 2×2 802.11 AC
  • Steam Controller

Customers will be able to upgrade their Alienware Steam Machines, with the exception of the graphics chip, which is built into the motherboard. According to Dell, the custom built chips perform at the same level as a GeForce GTX 860M or better.

Frank Azor, the general manager of Alienware and XPS, Dell said that “We have collaborated for years with Valve and GameStop to develop a platform with the best content, the best performance, and the best value compared to anything else on the market. Finally, with this preorder, we have a chance to address the building anticipation for the latest and greatest gaming system,”

Starting today US customers can pre-order an Alienware Steam Machine, as well as a Steam Link and Steam controller, from GameStop or Steam. Dell officials also told the site Polygon that customers will be told after they pre-order if they’ll be getting their Steam Machine in October or November. CyberPower have also started to take pre-orders but they haven’t revealed if customers will be able to get the Machines before November.

GameStop’s director of merchandising Michael Turner told Polygon that “Buying computers can be a very complex process with the variety of hardware and software options available,” and that “We think offering machines which are optimized for Steam will be very helpful to our customers.”.

He also said that once the Steam Machine launches Gamestop plan to have a “wide variety” of the systems available for customers to choose from, as well as Steam Links and Controllers.

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“We think offering standardized machines could help expand the market to customers who have been reluctant to try PC gaming before now because of its complexity. As a general rule we welcome any innovation in gaming, because we believe this helps bring more and better choices to our customers.”

Valve’s DJ Powers also admitted that Valve doesn’t know what effect the Steam Machine will have on the PC market, but that Valve will be paying attention to how customers react.

Powers told Polygon that “We are super curious to find out which products customers try first, what their experiences are, and how that learning can help is continue to expand their Steam experience in the days and years following launch,” and also added that “Our goal is to expand Steam’s capabilities beyond the desktop.”.

So are you excited for the launch of the Steam Machine and have you pre-ordered one yet? Let us know in the comments below.

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