Prices on Third-Party Steam Machines Vary Wildly, Offer Different Hardware Configurations

January 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night at its Consumer Electronics Show press conference Valve Software revealed that 14 third-party hardware manufacturers were working on Steam Machines that would run its Steam OS operating system and would support the Steam controller. The prices among these manufacturers for the customized Steam Machines vary wildly, with a starting price of $499 all the up to the ridiculous price of $6,000.

Details on these machines can be found below (from Destructoid's big list). As we already mentioned these prices vary wildly, as do the specs for each machine. Check out the list below:

  • Alternate - $1339
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4570
  • Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 760
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage:1TB SSHD

 

  • CyberPowerPC - $499+
  • CPU: AMD/Intel Core i5 CPU
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 270/Nvidia GTX 760
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB

 

  • Digital Storm Bolt II - $2,584
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
  • Graphics: GTX 780 Ti
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 120 GB SSD

 

  • Falcon Northwest - $1,799 - $6000
  • CPU: customizable
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan
  • RAM: 8 to 16 GB
  • Storage: up to 6 TB

 

  • Gigabyte Brix Pro - TBA
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770R
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • RAM: 2 x 4GB
  • Storage: 1TB SATA 6GB/SATA

 

  • iBuyPower - $499+
  • CPU: Quad core AMD or Intel
  • Graphics: Radeon GCN Graphics
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB+

 

  • Maingear - TBA
  • CPU: TBA
  • Graphics: TBA
  • RAM: TBA
  • Storage: TBA

 

  • Materiel.net - $1,098
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4440
  • Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 8 GB + 1 TB SSHD

 

  • Origin PC Chronos - TBA
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K (3.9 to 4.6 GHz)
  • Graphics: 2 x 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX Titans

 

  • Next SPA - TBA
  • CPU: Intel Core i5
  • Graphics: Nvidia GT 760
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 1TB

 

  • Scan NC 10 - $1,090
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 4000M
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB

 

  • Webhallen - $1,499
  • CPU: Intel Core i7
  • Graphics: Nvidia GT 780
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSHD

 

  • Zotac - $599
  • CPU: Intel Core (TBD)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX
  • RAM: TBD
  • Storage: TBD

 

Source: Destructoid


Comments

Re: Prices on Third-Party Steam Machines Vary Wildly, Offer ...

I'd certainly be curious to know how it could be worth triple the cost of a nice high-end gaming rig (a very nice one, considering that a display and most peripherals aren't included, so the $2000 would be pretty much all inside the chassis).

Re: Prices on Third-Party Steam Machines Vary Wildly, Offer ...

These are meant to be plugged into your tv, so why would they need a display? As for peripherals, I can understand that concern. If the price does not include at least one Steam controller, then they are doing it wrong. If it comes with at least one Steam controller, that is all you need to get started. Keyboards and mice are a dime a dozen these days.

Re: Prices on Third-Party Steam Machines Vary Wildly, Offer ...

No, I'm not criticizing the lack of display/peripherals.  I only point it out because it makes the price even more ludicrous.  Even if I did have to buy a display and peripherals and such, I could put together a good rig for $2000.  If all I had to buy was the under-the-hood stuff, I would probably have to go out of my way to get over $2000, let alone all the way up to $6000.  I mean, I guess I'm looking at it from the perspective of someone who builds his own computers.  I don't know, is $6000 in the range of what prebuilt PC's can go for nowadays?  It just seems astronomical to me, even taking into account that the middleman has to make his slice too.

 
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