Typically, CES isn’t an event for gamers to get really excited about, because most of the video game announcements deal with peripherals. CES 2014 is different, as this year we’re seeing some Steam Box models at the show. To start, CyberPowerPC is coming forward with its Steam Machine, its series of custom-built Steam Boxes. The company plans to release two models, and will have both at the show.
A Steam Machine Steam Box will offer everything a PC gamer would expect from a PC-console hybrid. They’re designed with Steam games in mind, run the Linux-based Steam OS, and each come with a Steam Controller. They also have some similar specs. Both the Steam Machine A and I have a 500GB HDD, 8GB DDR3, and a variation of a mITX motherboard that allows users to connect to the internet via WiFi and Bluetooth.
However, there are a few differences between these two Steam Boxes. The Steam Machine A is $499, the same price as an Xbox One. It has a AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card and an AMD A6-6400K processor. The Steam Machine I is $699, $200 more, and has the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 and the Intel Core i3-4330 inside.
The CyberPowerPC’s Steam Box models look like they’ll have more than enough power for users to jump and enjoy all the games in their Steam libraries in their living rooms. And, with CES 2014 starting January 7, initial impressions could be in as soon as tomorrow morning.