On Monday CyperPower revealed two Steam Machines powered by Valve’s Steam OS platform. These include one for the AMD fans and one for Intel customers. Both will arrive in a custom CyberPower Steam Machine gaming chassis.
"The revolutionary Steam OS will give you full control over your Steam game library straight from your living room. All Steam Machines will run the latest version of Steam OS, an open source Linux-based operating system developed specifically for gaming and other entertainment," the company said in a statement.
So let’s cut to the chase. The AMD version, Steam Machine A, will have a $499 price tag and come with an AMD A6-6400K APU clocked up to 3.90 GHz and mounted on an mITX motherboard. This machine will be backed by an AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 video card, a 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3 hard drive, and 8 GB of DDR3-1600 dual channel memory. Other features include Wireless AC and Bluetooth connectivity, and an included Steam controller.
Moving on to the Intel box, the Steam Machine I, this model will sport an Intel Core i3-4330 clocked up to 3.5 GHz and mounted on a mITX motherboard. Backing this processor will be a Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 card with 2 GB of GDDR3 memory, and the same 500 GB hard drive, same 8 GB of RAM and the same wireless connectivity. This model will also come with a controller, but will cost a bit more at $699.
"The key hardware feature will be the Steam Controller, which features two circular, clickable trackpads with a touchscreen in the middle," reads the company press release. "Driven by the player's thumbs, the Steam Controller allows for higher fidelity than traditional gamepads, which makes it a better alternative to a mouse and keyboard for controlling PC-centric genres like strategy games and first-person shooters."
The company states that both models will be fully customizable when they become available in the second half of 2014.
Steam Machine A
Steam Machine I
CYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine Gaming Chassis
AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
AMD A6-6400K 3.90 GHz
Intel® Core™ i3-4330 3.50 GHz
500GB SATA-III 7200 RPM HDD
8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory
mITX motherboard w/ 802.11 WiFi + Bluetooth
mITX motherboard w/ 802.11 AC WiFi + Bluetooth
ETA: 2H 2014