Steam Machines! Good golly gee whiz but they’re causing a stir among the Glorious PC Master Race. Some think that Valve is on to something. Others have no idea what is going on. It’s like Valve is turning the PC gaming platform into a console gaming platform. The sky is falling! Prep those knee-jerk reactions! Now panic and freak out! Don’t worry though, PC Gamers, we won’t ever call them “consoles” – they can remain Steam Machines if that makes you feel better.
OK I’m done stirring now. Instead of pursuing this inflammatory discourse, let us ogle the first and very official third-party prototype of a Steam Machine. We already saw Valve’s idea of what Steam Machines should look like, so here’s manufacturer iBuyPower’s version. It’s white! How retro! It also has that very fetching green glow that makes it look like the genetically spliced offspring of the original Xbox 360 and a PlayStation 4. Dr. Moreau would be so proud.
According to iBuyPower, there are two versions of this prototype: one is codenamed Gordon and the other is Freeman – oh bravo. Both are running an early version of Valve’s Steam OS and both are capable of running all Steam games in 1080p at 60 frames per second. Yep, we’re pretty sure that includes Call of Duty: Ghosts too. I kid. Or do I?
There are plans to have this delightful looking piece of hardware out and available by 2014. There’s no indication on price or just exactly what is underneath all that seductively moulded white plastic. Plenty more pictures at the source – linked below.
UPDATE: The system’s specs and price have been revealed: iBuyPower’s Steam Machine will have an AMD CPU, a Radeon R9270, 500GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It’ll retail for $499. That lightbar? It’s customisable, meaning you can have whatever colour you want. Hot pink, hooooooo!