New Steam Machine to rival Xbox One price

iBuyPower's 500GB living-room PC costs $499, carries an AMD Radeon R9 270 and Steam Controller

A newly announced line of Valve's Steam Machines will pack a high-end GPU, a 500GB hard drive, a multicore AMD CPU and will be priced at $499.

IBuyPower's Steam Machine also features a customisable light strip at its centre [Image: The Verge]

The new system, manufactured by iBuyPower, challenges the suggestion that sophisticated living-room PCs will cost consumers far more than a games console. iBuyPower's Steam Machine will be sold at the same price as Microsoft's Xbox One, but about $100 more than Sony's PS4.

The Machine's graphics card - an AMD Radeon R9 270 - typically costs $180. According to tech site The Verge, the unit also comes with Valve's Steam Controller, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

A release date has not been announced, though Valve has previously said Steam Machines will begin to roll out in 2014.

Key to driving down the unit price is the removal of Microsoft's Windows operating system, which typically costs consumers around $100 to buy outright. Steam Machines instead come installed with Valve's own Steam OS - a custom Linux operating system designed for the living-room.


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Valve, which is not a hardware manufacturer by trade, has partnered with other computer assembly groups to build a diverse range of living-room PCs. Numerous configurations of the Steam console will be announced over the coming months.

However, only games that run on Steam for Linux will work on Steam Machines, reducing a library of 3,000 games to - presently - less than 300. Users could possibly find a way to install Windows on the Machine (though it doesn't have a disc drive), and run Steam Big Picture through this, which would then allow the unit to support the entire library of Steam games in the living-room. However, swapping the operating systems may change the overall experience into one that Valve did not intend for the devices.

Publishers and developers have pledged to build games for both Windows and Linux in the future. Valve, conversely, has promised it will not develop games solely for Seam Machines.

Valve announced in October that its Steam service has expanded to 65 million users.