Valve updated the company's store yesterday with Steam Machine information and pre-order options. The information displayed depend on the region you are in. If you are connecting from Germany for instance, you don't get any information besides the base price of each device on offer while gamers from the US get pre-order links and stats for each machine that they can order.
The following guide lists stats for all Steam machines that are currently offered on Steam. That's the Alienware Steam machine starting at $449 and the Syber Steam Machine which starts at $499.
Apart from that, you may also order the Steam controller for $54.99 and Steam Link, a device that projects gaming via a home network on a TV.
Steam Machine overview
|Name||Price $||CPU||RAM||Video Card||Hard Drive||Extras|
|Alienware||449.99||Intel Core i3 4130T DC||4GB DDR3||nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5||500GB 7200rpm||Steam Controller, 1x1 802.11 Wireless Card|
|Alienware||549.99||Intel Core i3 4130T DC||8GB DDR3||nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5||1TB 7200rpm||Steam Controller, 1x1 802.11 Wireless Card|
|Alienware||649.99||Intel Core i5 4590T QC||8GB DDR3||nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5||1TB 7200rpm||Steam Controller, 2x2 802.11 AC Wireless Card|
|Alienware||749.99||Intel Core i7 4765T QC||8GB DDR3||nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5||1TB 7200rpm||Steam Controller, 2x2 802.11 AC Wireless Card|
|Syber Steam Machine I||499||Intel Core i3-4160||4GB DDR3||Nvidia GTX 750 1GB GDDR5||500 GB SATA III||WiFi 802.11ac/g/n|
|Syber Steam Machine P||729||Intel Core i5-3.40 GHz||8GB DDR3||Nvidia GTX 960 2GB GDDR5||1TB Sata III||WiFi 802.11ac/g/n|
|Syber Steam Machine X||1419||Intel Core i7 4.0 GHz||16GB DDR3||Nvidia GTX 980 4GB GDDR5||1TB Sata III||WiFi 802.11ac/g/n|
All Alienware Steam machines include the Steam Controller (a $49.99 value). It is rather unfortunate that Alienware does not disclose the video card used in the machine as you don't really know what you are getting when you buy it or if all Alienware machines share the same video card or if there are differences after all.
All machines are capable of running the majority of PC games. While you may not be able to run cutting edge games in the highest available quality, you should be able to play all games using any of the Steam machines if you don't mind running the game in lower quality mode.
Remember that Steam machines run Steam OS, a special operating system based on Linux. The operating system has been designed to run Steam and Steam games, but comes with a desktop mode as well that you can Linux applications on.
Overall game availability is restricted as a consequence which means that you won't be able to run non-Steam games that are not released for Linux.
Steam Machines may work well for you if you only game on Steam and want an entertainment system that bridges the gap between PC gaming and TV.
The machines are not suitable however if you use different gaming clients as well, Origin for instance or Gog, as you won't be able to run most of the games on the Steam machine.
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