Ever since Valve announced SteamOS and Steam Machines there have been two Steam Machines that were shown the most. They were the Alienware Steam Machine and Zotac’s NEN SN970. Not that long ago we took a look at the Alienware unit, and now we have the NEN SN970 to review. This unit is part of Zotac’s extremely popular ZBOX line of mini PCs. Under the hood you have an Intel Core i5-6400T processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB 2.5“ SATA hard drive. Like all Steam Machine’s the NEN SN970 will ship with SteamOS pre-installed and an official Steam Controller. This will bring gaming into the living room and you’ll have the massive Steam library of games to choose from, which has more games than either of the two major consoles. Let’s get to gaming and see what the NEN SN970 is all about!
The Smach Z, which we knew previously as the Smach Zero and the Steamboy has just hit kickstarter. This device is made to give gamers a dedicated PC handheld with the vast library of games available on Steam. The unit will come in at a very low cost of €299 ($325 USD) for the Standard version and €499 ($542 USD) for the higher specd Pro version.
The term Steam Machine is something we’ve been hearing for a while now, but the actual real Steam Machines are only coming out now. A Steam Machine is meant to bridge the gap between a console gamer and traditional PC gamer. It brings the Steam experience and Steam’s vast library of games to the living room. Even if you are a traditional PC gamer there are times you just want to sit in front of the TV and play some games. Many people have already done this by building their own HTPC system, but these are bulky and more often than not underpowered. Steam Machines are designed to be smaller than most current-generation consoles, which means you can easily add them to your home theater setup. A true Steam Machine is powered by SteamOS and comes with an official Steam Controller. Today we are looking at Alienware’s Steam Machine (model: ASM100-2980BLK) which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB of memory, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1 TB hard drive. Come on this adventure with us as we see what Alienware’s Steam Machine and the SteamOS is all about.
To celebrate the official launch of Steam Machines Valve is having a huge sale! In this sale 45 titles are on sale, each of which is compatible with SteamOS. That means if you happen to purchase a Steam Machine they will be fully compatible with the system!
ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics card and ZBOX Mini PCs, makes the case for small form factor gaming with NEN, the most powerful small form Steam Machine. ZOTAC taps into NEN to draw out a truly powerful Steam Machine with minimalism, portability, and an all new design for a new way to game.
Steam has done the smart thing by allowing manufactures to create their own SteamOS powered hardware, much like what Google did with Android. This should prove to be a good strategy as we will see a wide variety of SteamOS powered devices. One such device that has been on our radar is the SteamBoy handheld gaming device. Up until now it was known as the SteamBoy, but the new name has been revealed as the Smach Zero Steam Machine.
Valve has been working on their own Steam Machines for quite some time now. This process has gone through many live tests and beta units that have lead to changes and refinements a long the way. Valve wants to deliver a powerful and stable console-like experience on the PC platform. This of course is going to take a lot of time.
At CES we had a chance to sit down with iBUYPOWER to talk about their upcoming Steam Machine. They have a very interesting take on the whole Steam Machine idea and their pricing of $499 to start really does reflect that.
It seems like Piixl, the British computer builder, has done its part well and is ready to introduce its entry into the Steam Machine market. Upon its arrival, this Jetpack by Piixl is going to be powered by Windows, Linux or maybe even Steam’s own Steam OS. We have heard that this jetpack is going to be compatible with any 3rd party graphics card and this is unlike any of the other Steam Machines but it seems like Piixl is all set to give out a tough competition to the rivals.