PC gaming network Steam has slapped a pair of release dates on its gamepad, streaming box and range of sleek computers designed for use in a living room environment.
The Steam Machines, a line-up of PCs from 15 different manufacturers and tech shops, run from US$499 (RM1,857) for Dell's Alienware box up to US$4,999 (RM18,613) for a full-spec micro-tower from Falcon Northwest.
Running Steam OS, which is Steam's free and open source alternative to Windows, Mac OSX, or Google's Chrome OS, pre-ordered Steam Machines will start shipping out for delivery on Oct 16, with retail store availability set for Nov 10.
A Steam Controller, which adapts a conventional gamepad's form and function to mimic the precision and flexibility of a mouse and keyboard, will also go on sale from Nov 10 at US$49 (RM182).
Likewise, the handy Steam Link streaming box, which actively connects a home's computer in one room with a TV in another, will be made available on the same date and the same price.
GameStop, EB Games, Micromania, and GAME UK have been named as retail partners; Steam operator Valve Corporation has been encouraging the use of Linux as a Windows alternative and has over 1,000 games ready to play on the system. – AFP Relaxnews