With Valve ready to take on console gaming, November 10th is the official date of the in-store launches of Valve’s Steam Machines, Steam Controller, and Steam Link.
Valve has been dominating the PC gaming marketplace with Steam for a while now, so it was due time that they took a step into the world of console gaming. With the Steam Machines (console inspired gaming PC) the user can have access to Steam’s existing game library of over 4,500 titles (which is ever growing) while experiencing the ease and accessibility that console users already enjoy. Valve won’t be building the Steam Machines though. Third party manufacturers such as Alienware, Asus, and Digital Storm will be building their own machines.
Although Steam Machines have a competitive price advantage in terms of games over their console counterparts, the same can’t be said for the hardware. The cheapest Steam Machine is up to $449, the Steam Link (which connects to your TV and streams Steam games through your home network) is $49, and buying extra Steam Controllers costs $49 as well.
For US customers who can’t wait until November 10th, pre-orders for an Alienware Steam Machine (Steam Controller included) can be made through GameStop or Steam starting today and some of those pre-orders will be received by October 16th.