First 'Steam Machine' revealed for $499 - PC Retail

First 'Steam Machine' revealed for $499

iBuyPower’s box offers multi-core CPU and AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics for the same price as an Xbox One
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While Valve’s official Steam Machine prototypes are yet to be sent out, another Steam-powered box has been announced for 2014.

Custom PC builder iBuyPower has announced its own prototype PC-console hybrid, running on Valve’s freely-available Linux-based SteamOS platform.

According to The Verge, the machine will also include the upcoming Steam Controller as part of its $499 (£308) package, meaning that for the same price as an Xbox One gamers can grab a computer capable of playing any controller-supported PC games.

The glossy white case is branded with the Valve logo, which lights up alongside a strip light bar around the edges of the machine. The colour of the lights can be customised.

Inside the case, which is said to be bigger than a PS4 but smaller than an Xbox One, sits a multi-core AMD processor and an AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card. Storage is equal to that of the next-gen consoles – 500GB – and connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

iBuyPower has said that the box should display Steam for Linux games at the same maximum resolution as the PS4 and Xbox One, 1080p, but might edge the console games by running the games at 60 frames per second.

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