We've already seen Valve's prototype Steam Machine with high-end internals, but system-builder iBuyPower is preparing something a little more modest. For the price of an Xbox One ($499), starting in 2014 the company will sell you a Steam Machine in a glossy white case, complete with a customizable light bar in the center.
More important than the case, which incidentally is smaller than an Xbox One but larger than a PlayStation 4, is the hardware inside. iBuyPower hasn't revealed a great deal of information about the system's specifications, but we do know it'll pack a multi-core AMD CPU and a $180 AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card, alongside Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 500 GB hard drive.
Running the Linux-based Steam OS, iBuyPower claims compatible games will run at 60 frames per second with a resolution of 1080p. There's no mention of what settings it will run games at, but at least it will compete on the performance-front with both new consoles.
iBuyPower won't be the only company releasing Steam Machines in 2014, with more announcements set to occur at CES 2014 in January. It's unknown if Valve's own Steam Machine - packing an Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 GPU - will make it to the market, but there are sure to be other manufacturers releasing high-end Machines of their own.
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