Valve Announces Its First Gen Steam Machines

This story from 2014 looks at the first generation of Steam Machines being announced.

Published: January 6, 2014 10:00 PM /


The Steam logo against a backdrop of some of the games available on the store

That's right, it's that time! Steam Machines are here, and Valve has given us a list of over a dozen companies that will be creating the first generation of Valve's living room console.

With companies like Alienware, Origin PC, iBuyPower, and more signed up, we are set to have a solid release for Valve's new "console" powered by its own operating system, and giving you access to all of your Steam the living room!

Spy sitting in the bath and playing a Steam game, intended to illustrate the Steam Machines being announced

See the press release below:

January 6, 2014 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced over one dozen Steam Machine designs now in production from leading manufacturers and targeted for release in 2014.

The lineup of Steam Machines announced today offers a wide variety of price and performance options made possible by the Steam Machine’s open design, with systems starting as low as $499 and top end systems rivaling today’s bleeding edge gaming PCs.

Every Steam Machine includes an innovative Steam Controller designed for use with a wide variety of game genres, and is powered by the SteamOS, a custom OS built atop Linux.

"The first generation Steam Machines offers something for every gamer, which is a critical part of extending Steam into the living room," said Gabe Newell of Valve. "With over 3,000 games and more than 65 million gamers on Steam, it’s important to offer gamers a variety of Steam Machines that allow them to select what makes the most sense for them."

Announced earlier this year, Steam Machines are new entertainment systems targeted for use in the living room and leveraging Steam, the popular online platform for gaming and software with over 65 million accounts worldwide.

The makers of first generation Steam Machines are:

  • Alienware
  • Alternate
  • CyberPowerPC
  • Digital Storm
  • Falcon NW
  • GigaByte
  • iBuyPower
  • Maingear
  • Next Spa
  • Origin PC
  • Scan
  • Webhallen
  • Zotac

Wow, this is a fantastic way to kick off CES! Well, the incident with Michael Bay was hilarious, but this is sure to be the first of many great gaming announcements! Stay tuned for our coverage.

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