Train2Game News Steam machines from SYBER

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SYBER, a new division of CyberPowerPC, today announced it is taking pre-orders for its new Steam Machines series, which offer the ultimate in PC Console solutions to bring the PC gaming experience to the living room.

Customers can select from three models with a starting price of $499, all of which can be configured with a number of hardware options, including high-performance CPUs, graphics cards, gaming memory, solid state drives, graphics cards, and gaming peripherals.

Syber Steam Machines provide the best living room access to the greatest games and user-generated content available. Steam Machines offer the in-home streaming capabilities of Steam Link, which transports your games from your PC to your TV, plus the ability to locally install and play the entire library of native SteamOS titles.

Syber’s Steam Machine series gives gamers more power and more customization than standard video game consoles. Customers can start with the Steam Machine I, which features an Intel Core i3-4160, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 1GB, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD with a starting price of $499.  The advanced Steam Machine X features an Intel Core i7-4790K CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics, 16GBs RAM and 1TB HDD at $1,419.

The first three models are available for pre-orders at www.sybergaming.com/products/steam-machine.aspx

Train2Game News: Steam reaches new milestone

SteamSteam has had an incredible year this year with their Valve digital distribution service with a rise of 30% of users.

Sixty five million users are now on Steam marking a new milestone for the company. This number has been reached with thanks to 2013 seein the introduction of Family Sharing, Steam Trading Cards, Early Access and the introduction of Linux support.

Steam also passed it’s 10th birthday this year with many more in sight thanks to the announcements of the company’s movement into gaming hardware with the 2014 launch of various Steam Machines, its new operating system SteamOS, and a Steam Controller featuring dual trackpads and haptic feedback.

“The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the user’s experience by reducing the distance between content creators and their audience,” Valve boss Gabe Newell explained.

“As the platform grows, our job is to adapt to the changing needs of both the development and user communities. In the coming year, we plan to make perhaps our most significant collaborations with both communities through the Steam Dev Days and the Steam Machines beta.”

I imagine that Valve and Steam will continue to go from strength to strength through their eleventh year and on wards.

Train2Game News: Valve Steam Machine specs

ValveValve has confirmed the specifications of its Steam Machine prototype boxes, which will be sent out later this year.

300 of the devices will be sent to testers in a closed hardware beta, and will include the also-announced Steam Controller.

“The prototype machine is a high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts,” said Valve in a statement.

“It is also fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to.”

“Apart from the custom enclosure, anyone can go and build exactly the same machine by shopping for components and assembling it themselves. And we expect that at least a few people will do just that.”

All of the “high-end, high-performance” boxes will run Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS operating system, but the cases will be made by a variety of manufacturers.

Valve’s list of the internal components of the Machines is as follows:

•    GPU: Some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660

•    CPU: Some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3

•    RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB DDR5 (GPU)

•    Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD

•    Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold

•    Dimensions: Approx. 12×12.4×2.9-inches high

“This design is not meant to serve the needs of all of the tens of millions of Steam users,” added Valve on the details.

“It may, however, be the kind of machine that a significant percentage of Steam users would actually want to purchase – those who want plenty of performance in a high-end living room package”

“Many others would opt for machines that have been more carefully designed to cost less, or to be tiny, or super quiet, and there will be Steam Machines that fit those descriptions.”