During Valve’s brief Consumer Electronics Show presentation, Gabe Newell unveiled the much talked about Steam Machines. That’s right… machines.
13 different partners were given a crack at making a Steam Machine and all 13 were shown off tonight. Partners include: Alienware, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac, Digital Storm and Scan Computers.
“Each one represents a different take for the right solution for their customers in the living room,” said GabeN. He said that each has plenty of variation which is one of the strengths of the PC.
The machines were mostly black and varied in size. Some looked like consoles while others looked like standard sized towers.
Valve will sell its own Steam controllers, but the manufacturers will be producing their own models as well. The idea behind Steam Machines is to diversify the platform.
The machines have been beta tested and the testers have apparently been very happy. As far as titles go, there are currently 250 titles that can run on these machines. The main thing that everyone is focusing on right now is building developer tools which will let them support Linux, Mac and Windows simultaneously. They also have to make sure that everything works with the controllers as well.
The event was very short (about 10 minutes) but I’m sure that what happened during it will cause a ripple effect throughout the industry. These steam machines could be the start of a revolution. When that will be is still unknown since no release date was given for the release of these machines.
Stay tuned for more news as it develops.
Pictures in the gallery come from The Verge