Pre-order your Steam Machine now… maybe

Finally, Valve has revealed when its long-promised Steam Machines will hit retail, and we’re happy to report that it’s (a little) sooner than anticipated!

…that’s the good news. The bad news? The new living-room PC builds are only headed to North America, Canada and Europe at this stage.

The Alienware Steam Machine

The Alienware Steam Machine

If you are in North America, Canada or Europe (or, maybe, able to pretend that you are), launch is set for November 10. You can pre-order your hardware fix right now, from selected retailers, including Steam, GameStop, EB Games, Micromania and GAME UK.

Check with your local retailers – some are offering a super-special treat: Pre-order an Alienware Steam Machine, Steam Link and/or a Steam Controller from either Steam or GameStop, and you’ll get your hardware from October 16 – weeks before the official launch.

Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop, the exclusive retail partner in the U.S. and most of Europe for this Steam Hardware pre-order promotion explains:

Valve is known for driving innovation in PC gaming, what we consider the fourth console. As we continue to see strong growth in this category, we are excited to give gamers more options and look forward to seeing how the market responds to the new offerings from Valve and its Steam Machine partners.

If you’d prefer something other than Alienware, fellow manufacturer CyberPower is offering its Steam Machine with the same pre-order bonus, directly from its website.

…we’re told that other Steam Machine manufacturers will also be offering pre-order deals, but details are yet to come.

Remember, the different retailers are offering Steam Machines with different specs and price points, so you can pick the one that’s right for you – and they’re all happily able to play the more than 5,000 titles offered via Steam.

Frank Azor, general manager of Alienware and XPS at Dell explains:

It’s been a blast playing on our Alienware Steam Machines with our friends and family over recent months; it’s really exciting to finally share that experience with our community of gamers.

So, what’s on offer?

  • Steam Controller — An innovative input device that allows you to play games from all genres, including traditional gamepad style games as well as games usually reserved for play with a mouse and keyboard. The Controllers are wireless, completely configurable, and available for pre- order in the U.S. and Europe for an estimated $49/?54.
  • Steam Link — The Steam Link allows Steam gamers to easily expand the range of their current gaming set up via their home network. Connecting any TV to your Steam host PC, Mac, or Steam Machine, the Link allows you to stream your games at 1080p 60 fps, and is available for pre-order in the U.S. and Europe for an estimated $49/?54.
  • Steam Machines — Available from Alienware and other manufacturers, Steam Machines can serve as a stand-alone device for enjoying the Steam gaming experience in one box, with more than 1,000 titles available for native play. In addition, Steam Machines have the ability to broadcast and receive In Home Streaming, allowing you to stream your games to a Steam Link, or receive a stream from another Steam Machine or PC. Steam Machines will vary in price, offering a range of hard drive sizes, graphics performance, and more. Available for pre-order in the US, starting at an estimated $449.

If you still want more information, the Steam Hardware page has everything you should need

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