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Steam Machine beta hardware is out in the wild
December 16, 2013 | By Mike Rose

December 16, 2013 | By Mike Rose

Valve began sending out the first batch of its Steam Machine living room PCs over the weekend, and those lucky people who got their hands on the devices have been giving us glimpses into what we can expect.

The above video in particular shows the innards of a Steam Machine, and over on Imgur, someone has uploaded a whole bunch of images of unboxing the machine, which came in a rather tidy wooden box. Don't worry, we're jealous too.

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Eric Geer
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This looks far more friendly to get into and upgrade than many PCs that I have gotten into.

Chris Melby
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This case takes more work to get into than my current PC case and its upgradeability is very limited in comparison. But it looks cool and it's a great start and of course its going for size. :)

Freek Hoekstra
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for such a small case it looks quite nice to get into imho.
also for it's size the amount of horsepower is quite impressive :)

Jarod Smiley
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^what is it's horse power in layman's terms please?

Kyle Jansen
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The beta ones? Somewhere between equal to the PS4, and three times as powerful as the PS4, depending on which model you get. iBuyPower has announced a Steam Machine running about 30% faster than the PS4, and Digital Storm has announced a "high-end" one although without firm specs I won't put a number to it.

Further released models could range even wider, either undercutting current consoles on both power and cost, or reaching even higher into the multi-GPU range.

Bruce Tran
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? I think there's a typo in your post there

"somewhere between equal to the ps4, and three times as powerful as the PS4"

PS3 ?

what's the price on this thing? $700?

Luis Guimaraes
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@Bruce Tran

"... depending on which model you get."

The weakest model equals the PS4 and the strongest one is three times as powerful as the PS4.

Jake Norris
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I think the Steam Machine is a very cool concept, but I don't know why anyone would actually buy one when only ~15% of the Steam library is Linux compatible.

Anybody who tries to use this as their sole gaming platform will miss out on a ton of great content.

SD Marlow
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Seems like any PC case larger than slim is front-loaded with a stack of drive bays that make no sense in our single-drive, multi-terabyte world. Lets hope more single purpose cases like these hit the market for mini-ITX and single GPU builds.

Cordero W
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This just in: people got a free Alienware to test out.