CES 2014 was a great platform to reveal the Steam Valve Machines
PC gamers are very much attached to the traditional keyboard and mouse combo. But development requires change; change in every aspect. Valve has introduced its first batch of battalion to conquer our standard PCs. You know how it is; you spend about two months hungry for a Steam Machine and then all fourteen of them arrive at once.
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell says, “Each one of these represents a different take on the right solution for their customers in the living room.”
The war chiefs have developed the Steam Machines which meet the standards laid down by Valve, and run on its Steam OS.
It packs an Intel Core i5 4570, 4GB of RAM, 1GB GTX 760 GPU and 1TB SSD for £814.
Though Dell’s Alienware have so far kept us in the dark with regards to its specs a glimpse of the actual device has us very intrigued.
With an AMD/Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB of storage and a choice between AMD Radeon R9 270 and Nvidia GTX 760 graphics card they have priced it at £300.
Bolt II by Digital Storm
It crams in an i7 4770K, 16GB RAM and a GTX 780 TI GPU, with a whopping 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD priced at £1570.
Tiki by Falcon Northwest
It comes in a garish airbrushed package encasing NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN, 6TB storage and between 8 and 16GB RAM and priced somewhere between £1100 and £3650 making it the most expensive of the lot.
Brix Pro by Gigabyte
This tiny machine has an i7 4770K processor, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200 and a 1TB SATA hard Drive in HDD.
Inside this, you get an Intel or AMD quad core processor, 8GB RAM, Radeon GCN and 500GB storage all for £300.
With an i5 4440 processor, 8GB RAM, a MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC graphics card and an 8GB + 1TB SSHD this black cube comes for £670.
The Next Spa is a similar black box with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GT 760 graphics and 1TB storage.
Chronos by Origin PC
Chronos comes with an i7 4770K, 32GB RAM, 2 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titans and 14TB storage.
NC10 by Scan
The NC10 is one of the most interesting designs. It flat metal tablet houses an i3 processor, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics and 500GB storage priced at £660.
This bulky £900 beast has an i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 graphics and a 1TB SSHD.
Finally, there’s the Zotac Steam Machine, this unappealing design has secret specs and is expected at £365.