Steam Machines range from $499 to $6000, Valve catalogue reveals

The Alienware Steam Machine has the potential to reach more Steam users than any other.

Any daydreamer ever dragged by parents to the high street of a weekend will have developed a habit of scanning the shops for traces of games to nourish their greying mind – the budget stands that occasionally hosted Thief II at Asda; the Pokemon stickers found in the garden centre. It’s a difficult habit to shake, and a trip to Argos for a distinctly adult and boring lamp timer recently found me browsing its catalogue for PC games. Among 700 pages, I found half a page of The Sims.

The catalogue Valve have distributed for CES this year is much more rewarding. Just six pages long, it’s packed with nascent specs for a range of early Steam Machines.

The stats collated below really demonstrate the fact that a Steam Machine can be more or less anything it wants – more RAM, less storage, whatever graphics card – so long as it runs SteamOS and carries enough ports to host a couple of Steam Controllers.

Beyond that loose definition, some of these living room PCs don’t have anything in common. At the top end, Falcon Northwest’s Tiki comes with a GTX Titan as standard, 8-16GB of RAM and up to 6TB of storage – rendering it a cool $6000.

At the opposite end of the spectrum lie CyberPower and iBuyPower’s Steam Machines, which both start at $499 – no doubt to tackle Sony and Microsoft’s consoles head on. At that price tag, their insides are limited but respectable – CyberPower have plumped for an AMD Radeon R9 270 or Nvidia equivalent, and iBuyPower for Radeon GCN graphics.

The Machine we know the littlest of, oddly enough, is Alienware’s – the box Valve expect to “make the most Steam users happy”. But it, too, is expected to be priced competitively with the consoles.

Here’s the rest.


Price: $1339

CPU: Intel Core i5 4570

Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 760


Storage: 1TB SSHD


Price: $499 and up

CPU: AMD/Intel Core i5 CPU

Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 270/Nvidia GTX 760


Storage: 500GB

Digital Storm – Bolt II

Price $2,584

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K

Graphics: GTX 780 Ti


Storage: 1TB HDD + 120gb SSD

Gigabyte – Brix Pro

Price: TBD

CPU:Intel Core i7-4770R

Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 5200

RAM: 2 x 4GB

Storage: 1TB SATA 6GB/s

Falcon Northwest – Tiki

Price: $6000

CPU: Customisable

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN

RAM: 8-16GB

Storage: Up to 6TB


Price: $499 and up

CPU: Quad Core AMD or Intel

Graphics: Radeon GCN Graphics


Storage: 500GB+

Price: $1,098

CPU: Intel Core i5 4440

Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC


Storage: 8GB + 1TB SSHD

Origin PC – Chronos

Price: TBD (Configurable)

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K (3.9 to 4.6GHZ)

Graphics: 2x6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan


Storage: U

Next Spa

Price: TBD

CPU: Intel Core i5

Graphics: Nvidia GT 760


Storage: 1TB

Scan – NC10

Price: $1,090

CPU: Intel Core i3 400M

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M


Storage: 500GB


Price: £1,499

CPU: Intel Core i7 4771

Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780


Storage: 1TB SSHD


Price: $599

CPU: Intel Core (TBD)

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX (TBD)


Storage: TBD

That last one looked like a router. Which are you best tempted by?

Thanks, Develop.