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Steam Machine Prototype Previewed from iBuyPower

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The first look at a Steam Machine.

Valve's Steam Machines aren't expected to make their debut until January at CES 2014, but we've managed to catch early spyshots of a prototype from one of Valve's partners iBuyPower.

As previously reported, Steam Machines will come in various forms and various specs, but all will run SteamOS. The one we spied here is packs an AMD CPU with a discrete GPU.  It will also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and at least a 500 GB HDD, with faster and larger options planned. While we weren't able to pose the machine next to anything else for scale, it's smaller than an Xbox One and even has an internal power supply. We're told this prototype is able to play all games at 1080p at 60fps, but obviously a lot of that depends on which game and its settings.


Currently the company has two prototypes: Gordon and Freeman. Both are identical save for the light bar around the middle. More specifically, Gordon has a blacked out area where the lighting is, and it's totally black when turned off, whereas Freeman is translucent/milky in that area.

Pricing has not yet been decided, but iBuyPower aims to have its Steam Machine be competitive against the PS4 and Xbox One.

Like all Steam Machines, it will pack Valve's innovative controller that seeks to be a replacement for the ever-loved keyboard and mouse combination.

The outside lighting is said to be customizable to user preference, or even disabled altogether, but all of this could change before launch. Stay tuned for all the details at CES 2014.

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For a history lesson on Steam Machines and SteamOS, visit the links below:

Valve Introduces Linux-Based SteamOS Distribution

After SteamOS, Valve Reveals Steam Box To Be Steam Machines

Valve Talks More About Nvidia GPUs Inside Steam Machines

Valve: Steam Machines Won't Be Only Nvidia Hardware

Steam Machine Partners to Be Announced at CES 2014

Valve Demos Steam Controller with Portal 2, CS:GO - Tom's Hardware

Valve's New Steam Controller Will Work With All Games

Valve's SteamOS Not a Replacement for Windows 8 - Tom's Hardware

Valve Finally Reveals Steam Machine Prototype Specs

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    lp231 , November 25, 2013 6:22 PM
    Make a companion cube version
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    bustapr , November 25, 2013 5:04 PM
    seems pretty cool, but the lack of ports on the front scares me.
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    coolitic , November 25, 2013 5:08 PM
    Gordon, Freeman. Seriously Valve? Was it necessary?
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    boju , November 25, 2013 5:14 PM
    ^ dont think even Gman saw that coming :( 
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    bochica , November 25, 2013 5:43 PM
    I'll wait for the Cake version.
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    anort3 , November 25, 2013 6:15 PM
    I'll wait for the Cake version.

    You know how that one ends! Sadly, the cake remains a lie.
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    iceclock , November 25, 2013 6:17 PM
    Looks cewl
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    rad666 , November 25, 2013 6:22 PM
    "I'll wait for the Cake version."

    Don't do it! The cake is a lie!
  • 15 Hide
    lp231 , November 25, 2013 6:22 PM
    Make a companion cube version
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    brandonjclark , November 25, 2013 6:22 PM
    @coolitic. Valve didn't name it. iBuypower did.
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    sixdegree , November 25, 2013 6:26 PM
    It looks like a PS4. Lawyers.. ready your lawsuit engines!
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    audiophillia , November 25, 2013 6:42 PM
    sweet. can't wait to buy some hats for my steam box.
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    chumly , November 25, 2013 7:19 PM
    They are so going to get sued by Daft Punk:
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    John Bauer , November 25, 2013 7:25 PM
    They are so going to get sued by Daft Punk:

    Don't you think it would've happened already?
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    monsta , November 25, 2013 8:08 PM
    Looks good
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    jimmysmitty , November 25, 2013 9:03 PM
    Gordon, Freeman. Seriously Valve? Was it necessary?

    You think they wouldn't utilize their own well known IPs and use it to promote it? I am willing to bet there will be Half Life versions, Portal versions etc to cater to the gamers.

    It's funny though people are upset about the external PSU on the XB1 when in reality it was a smart move. Less heat and easy to replace compared to internal for this type of machine.

    I am still interested and can't wait to see if I get chosen for the SteamBox beta.
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    urbanman2004 , November 25, 2013 9:27 PM
    This is cool. I was hoping for a preview and not just pics
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    drapacioli , November 25, 2013 9:28 PM
    Nice, but I still question the reliability of iBuyPower after the two gaming rigs we bought from them died within 6 months of power supply and motherboard failure. Seems their quality isn't as good as other companies, or at least it was 3 years ago when I bought those.
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    vinhn , November 25, 2013 10:11 PM
    DAMN! PS4, XBONE WHAT? Though the price may be well over $1500 for a good gaming rig. Hopefully they can find ways to decrease the retail price.
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    emad_ramlawi , November 25, 2013 11:12 PM
    Using "AMD CPU with a discrete GPU", they got balls, i bet its one of them athlons x4, but maybe undervolted or something, i reckon the athlon x4 at 3.0 Ghz on load will utilize 80 Watts, which gives good head room for the GPU, considering a good SFX PSU, can output 250-300W stably and efficiently.

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    johnsonjohnson , November 25, 2013 11:42 PM
    According to The Verge it comes with a "multicore AMD CPU", R9 270, and Steam Controller all for just $499. You can't find a better deal on a (compact) gaming PC for this price anywhere. Even iBuyPower's own Revolt system starts higher and comes with only an APU. I didn't think Valve would be able to deliver on both the specs and price but this is could be a game changer.
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