This year’s CES has undoubtedly been a great year for gamers, especially for those who are considering a Steam Machine as a console replacement.

This year is also the first time Steam OS has made an appearance at the Las Vegas show, but with 13 Steam Machine partners announced already, it certainly won’t be the last.

Those partners include:

  • Alienware



  • Alternate

  • CyberPowerPC

  • Digital Storm

  • Falcon Northwest

  • Gigabyte

  • iBuyPower

  • Materiel.net         

  • Next                                     

  • Origin PC                

  • Scan Computers

  • Webhallen               

  • Zotac

I’m sure you have heard of at least a handful of names on that list, but to further extend your knowledge, I decided to go ahead and shorten the list to the top 3 Steam Machines of CES 2014 that I’m most excited about.

In alphabetical order:

 

#1 – CyberPowerPC’s Steam Machine A

CyberPower actually announced two different Steam Machines, both are base configs which can be customised to suit your desires, but it’s the cheaper option I am most interested in.

The budget friendly $499 (that’s the same as a Xbox One) Steam Machine A will get you:

  • Dual Core AMD A6-6400K APU clocked at 3.90 GHz

  • AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GPU

  • 500GB 7200RPM hard drive

  • 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM

  • 802.11 WiFi and Bluetooth

All housed in a stylish mITX CyberPower chassis, bundled with a Steam Controller, and of course, Steam OS. A brilliant first machine.

Availability: Q3 2014

#2 – Digital Storm Bolt II

On the opposite end of the scale, for a hefty price tag of $1,899, you could pick up what Digital Storm themselves have described as the “Slim Tower of Power” – and that pretty much hits the nail on the head.

From just looking at the photographs of the thing you know there’s some serious power hiding within, power capable of playing 4K games, with no compromise on performance. Final configurations are currently not available, however we do know $2,584 will get you:

  • Quad Core Intel Core i7 4770K

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti

  • 16GB of RAM

  • 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD

This fantastically designed power house will be available for order by the end of January.

#3 – Webhallen Steam Machine

From as far as I can tell, Webhallen is the Swedish equivalent to Best Buy, so unlike some of the other Steam Machine partners, all of the components are PC parts, with Steam OS installed. This gives a great deal of user customisability, meaning you can install full length graphics cards, water coolers, an ATX power supply, and even more, the list goes on and on.

$1,499 will get you a very well priced system with plenty of performance:

  • Quad Core Intel Core i7 4771

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 

  • 16GB of RAM

  • 1TB SSHD

That SSHD (solid state hybrid drive) will give you performance similar to a SSD but with storage capacity of a hard drive – a brilliant choice – especially for a Steam Machine.

So there you have it, the 3 Steam Machines I’m most excited to see in 2014. And remember, Steam OS is free, so if none of these take your fancy, you can go ahead and build your own!

Do you think the Steam Machine will start entering our living rooms and hiding under our TVs like the current consoles do? Let me know what you think!

Sources:

Hexus.net

Craveonline.com