Alienware, Gigabyte, and Falcon Northwest are just a few of the 13 companies working on their own Steam Machines. Partner developers may not be restricted to the actual machines either: Valve announced they'll even be collaborating on the development of different controllers.
With a collection of over 250 titles promised for the new systems (still impressive, even if it's only a fraction of Steam's massive online library), this could open up a whole new world of formerly PC-exclusive games to console devotees. Even PC gaming purists will appreciate many of these offerings. Some partners, such as iBuyPower, are working on lower-end machines for as little as $499, while the top of the line can cost up to as much as $6,000.
The "low end" machines are pretty impressive, too, all things considered. CyberPowerPC, another company aiming at the budget market, is including a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Not all of the specs are finalized though.
Valve has stated they'll be deferring to its partners regarding release dates. A Valve representative did indicate that we might see machines as early as the latter half of this year.
Whether or not Valve will be contributing to hardware development still remains to be seen. If they don't, the list of partners should be more than enough to take up the slack. The other custom PC makers involved include Alternate, Digital Storm, Material.net, Next, Origin, Scan Computers, Webhallen, and Zotac.
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