Steam Announces New Living Room Gaming Rigs – Steam Machines
The guys over at Steam HQ are really on a roll, with announcements that just keep on coming. A couple of days ago, it was the announcement of SteamOS, and yesterday we saw the announce of official hardware to accompany SteamOS – Steam Machines.
What Are Steam Machines?
Steam Machines are a collection of high-powered gaming machines, built my multiple manufacturers, that are designed for use in the living room. Think of them kinda like mutant Chromebooks on steroids, not only will you be able to enjoy your favourite Steam games from the comfort of your living room, you will also be able to stream a raft of multimedia content via SteamOS.
Not One-Size Fits All
Steam are aware that gamers know what they want, and a few variations with increased RAM, and maybe a better CPU just won’t cut it. So Steam will be teaming up with multiple manufacturers, to bring users a slew of hardware with a range of specifications. Not only that, but the Steam Machines are being dubbed asÂ “fully upgradable”Â so you will still be able to add more umph if you want to.
Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them runningÂ SteamOS.
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
Woah! Hold your horses there Skippy, the Steam Machines won’t be available until early 2014, however, 300 lucky gamers will be able to take part in a closed beta later on this year, were the lucky few will get aÂ freeÂ high-performance prototype to play around with. For more information, and to apply for the beta, take a look at the Steam Machines webpage.
There’s still one more Steam announcement expected to come out, and early indications show that this is probably going to be some kind of gaming pad to accompany both SteamOS, and the Steam Machines. As, let’s face it, a normal keyboard and just ain’t gonna cut it.
Prices have not been made available yet, but one thing is for certain – these new announcements from Steam show that they are hedging their bets again the Linux ecosystem, and I for one can’t wait! How about you?