How Much Do the New Steam Boxes Cost?
Back in October of last year, Valve took the wraps off of the Steam Machine, the company's bid to bring PC gaming into the living room. Details outlined machines which are PCs with improved cases, powered by Valve's Linux-based SteamOS. When the company released prototype specifications for Steam Machines, I took a stab at seeing how much a Steam Machine would probably cost a normal user by finding the parts on PCPartPicker.
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Now with CES 2014, we actually have prices. Tonight at Valve's CES presentation, the company released specifications and prices for Steam Machines coming from its 13 partners: Alienware, Alternate, CyberPowerPC, Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Gigabyte, iBuyPower, Materiel.net, Origin PC, Next, Scan Computers, Webhallen, and Zotac.
My original ranges for Steam Machines were $550 to $1,500, and that's relatively close to what we're seeing here. The low-end is populated by CyberPowerPC's Machine at $499. The CyberPowerPC unit has a variable price/spec, but the cheapest version is probably the AMD CPU, AMD Radeon R9 270, 8 GB of RAM, and 500 GB of storage. That's a very solid PC.
The high-end is owned by the Falcon Northwest Tiki at $6,000, but we'll ignore that since only the most hardcore of enthusiast need apply. The sane high-end is occupied by the $1,499 Webhallen and the $1,339 Alternate...
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