It's been a long wait for Valve's Steam Hardware, but the day is finally here. You can now get your hands on the Steam Controller, Steam Link, and a variety of Steam Machines to bring PC gaming to your TV screen.
Last month, Valve released a limited run of Steam hardware to early adopters that jumped on the first pre-orders of the hardware. We recently published an early hands-on report about the Alienware Steam Machine and Steam Controller, which was based on the hardware that early adopters would have received. Today, you can pick up the hardware for yourself.
Valve's Steam Controller is a gamepad with a very unique layout that Valve said is better for PC games than a traditional dual-stick gamepad. The controllers are available for $49.99 and can be ordered from the Steam store and on Amazon, or you can pick one up in person at GameStop, GAME UK and EB Games stores. Valve has partnered with these retailers to have dedicated Steam sections where the hardware will be sold. These stores will also carry Steam prepaid cards that can be used for game purchases.
Steam Link devices use Steam's In-Home Streaming feature to play PC games on the TV without moving your gaming system to where the TV is. These devices are also priced at $49.99 and can be found at the same retailers as the Steam Controllers.
Steam Machines are also available today from a handful of computer manufacturers. These systems are designed to be used as a game console and run on Valve's SteamOS operating system. The company said that over 1,500 titles will natively run on the Steam Machine platform, but they are also capable of leveraging In-Home Streaming to play any game from a gaming PC on the same local network.
Steam Machines are available now from Alienware, Zotac, Cyperpower, Maingear and other PC manufactures and boutique shops. Steam Machines will be available for as little as $449.99, but there will be more expensive options. The devices will vary in price and performance, with some offering larger hard drives, better processors and higher-end graphics solutions.