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Here's what a third-party Steam Machine can look like
Here's what a third-party Steam Machine can look like
November 26, 2013 | By Mike Rose

November 26, 2013 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Newsbrief: Valve has invited third-party companies to develop and release their own Steam Machine living room PCs, packed with Valve's SteamOS and a Steam Controller. Manufacturer iBuyPower has taken up the offer, and today revealed its own Steam Machine.

The iBuyPower machine is still early in development but is already running SteamOS, and comes in two different model types, currently codenamed Gordon and Freeman. The company is planning to release the device sometime next year for $499, according to The Verge, and will come with a multicore AMD CPU and an AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card.

The console, which comes with a 500GB hard drive as standard, is said to be bigger than the PlayStation 4, but smaller than the Xbox One. Click through to Engadget to see more images of how it's currently looking.

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Mihai Cozma
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Why is it called a console?

Terry Matthes
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$499 seems like a price point that is obviously comparing them to current(next) gen consoles. I think that's going to be a tough sell. Perhaps not to people who know Valve intimately, but to the average consumer looking at a PS4 or XBox One. On the other hand I can't exactly picture them sitting on the shelf at Best Buy or EBGames. I'm sure they will start as online sales only.

Freek Hoekstra
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well it is also a PC and a pc with a decent gpu for 499 in a fancy box...
that is a good deal to me!

Luis Guimaraes
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What Valve needs to do now is making it dumb-proof easy to setup and launch multi-seat in SteamOS, improve it so you can use a single display in split screen up to 4-views, and make Steam fully compatible so players can effectively log in the same account, run the same one-time-purchase game and join the same game session as if Steam friends.

That'd make every multiplayer game to work in split screen without having the feature, or let players run multiple instances of the same or different games at once on the same machine. That's some XBone and PS4 can never do.