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CES 2014: 13 hardware makers are making Steam Machines with Valve

Published on Jan 7, 2014 5:41 PM

Some are as small as the cases that hold designer luxury watches, while others are the size of regular desktop computers.

But all 13 desktop machines unveiled on the eve of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas have one thing in common - they represent game developer and distribution company Valve Corporation’s maiden attempt at getting a full fledged PC gaming rig in the living rooms of homes everywhere.

These 13 dedicated Steam Machine consoles, made in partnership with hardware companies like Alienware, Gigabyte and Origin PC, will run the new SteamOS operating system and be able to play games sold on the Steam digital game distribution service.

Valve sets the basic hardware requirements needed to run the operating system and the games, and the hardware makers will decide if they want to make and sell low-end, mid-range or high-end machines to potential buyers.

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