Steam Machines now available for pre-order

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According to a report by Game Informer, Valve announced the first line Steam Machines are available for pre-order today.

For those of you who don’t know, the Steam Machine is basically a PC dedicated to gaming alone that comes preloaded with the Steam OS and store. The idea is to bridge the gap between console gamers and PC gamers by bringing PC gaming to a console.

Pre-ordering your Steam Machine now means that you will receive it on October 16th, weeks before the official retail release on November 10th. Valve went with Alienware and CyperPower for the first line of Steam Machines and the prices start at $449 for the Alienware variant. This will get you a controller and a machine with an i3 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5 graphics, and a 500GB hard drive. Additional Steam Controllers and the Steam Link streaming hardware are also available for pre-order at $49 each.

Will the Steam Machine be able to compete in the console gaming realm at that price point? PC gamers may look at this as a good deal because you are essentially getting a gaming PC for less than most actual gaming PCs. From a console gamer perspective though, what would make me want to cross over from the consoles I know and love to basically a gaming PC on my TV? The Xbox One starts at $349 on the Microsoft site and the Playstation 4 starts at $399.99 at Best Buy. So for less money I can get something that I know and has been around for longer. I like the idea of the Steam Machine, but I am not sure how successful it will be among the console gaming community at that price point. Only time will tell.

What do you think about the Steam Machines? Are they overpriced or are you all in? Keep the conversation going in the comments below.

Sources: Game Informer, Steam

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