After a long delay, Valve’s bid to replace your living room console with a true-blue gaming PC is finally taking shape. Valve and its partners have a whopping 15 Steam Machines prepped for the endeavor’s launch, covering virtually every price point and internal component configuration. (They’re all small, though—these are supposed to fit in a home theater cabinet.) Valve’s so serious that it even launched a new hardware section in the Steam store ahead of the scheduled November 10 launch for Steam Machines, plans to open Steam Machine “stores within stores” at GameStop and other retailers, and will toss in free copies of Rocket League and Portal 2 if you preorder a system.
On the fence? We’ve already spent a ton of time with Alienware’s Steam Machine, as well as the revolutionary Steam Controller (which Valve hopes you’ll mod) and Steam Link, a Steam in-home streaming conduit from your existing PC to your TV. Beyond the individual impressions, we have some thoughts on how living in a Steam-powered living room really feels, too.
But enough chit-chat. Let’s dive in to the Steam Machine army!