Steam Machines pick up, well, steam with November launch

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Steam Machines pick up, well, steam with November launch

Steam Machines are finally ready to come out of the oven. As Polygon reports, the first sanctioned models will release November 10, 2015, with an unspecified number going to pre-orderers October 16. Alienware and Cyberpower will be the leading the charge, with the former’s prices spanning $449 to $749. A Steam Controller and Steam Link will go for $49 each.

Valve and Dell said approximately 1,200 Steam games, or roughly 20% of Steam’s library, will be supported at launch. Steam Machines will only be able to play games compatible with Linux, so Valve is optimizing more of Steam’s library for the OS. In the meantime, Steam Machines will be able to play any game streamed from a PC or Mac via Steam Link.

All Steam Machines will be fully customizable. However, Alienware’s systems feature a GPU built into the motherboard, so a new video card cannot be added on. It is not yet clear whether other Steam Machine manufacturers will incorporate similar limitations.

Cyberpower will soon open its Steam Machines to pre-order. Alienware machines are already available for purchase, though only some pre-orders will be shipped in October. GameStop will also be offering some Steam Machines in stores, though the bulk of their stock will likely be available online.

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Alienware’s systems represent the lower and middle portions of the Steam Machine market, at least in terms of price. As previously reported, the majority of machines cost well over $849, with one Falcon Northwest model sitting at a staggering $4,999. Steam Machines are ostensibly about simplifying the PC gaming experience in order to attract more console-minded users, but how the everyman reacts to dropping four digits on what is effectively a console–or worse, a streaming device–remains to be seen.

[Source: TechnologyTell]
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