You’ll soon have a reason to go back to brick-and-mortar games stores, even if you only want to play your games online. Valve has announced plans to put its Steam Hardware devices into certain gaming retailers around the world, so you can pick up a Steam Machine next time you’re down the mall.
Steam pre-paid cards have been available at retail for three years now, but this is the first time Valve will sell physical hardware in-store. The plan includes GAME UK, GameStop in the US and Canada’s EB Games, each of which will carry the Steam Controller, Steam Machine and Steam Link hardware. No word at this stage about expanding the plan into additional regions.
If you already know you want to get your hands on some Steam Hardware, you’ve got until November 10 to pre-order. Act fast, and you’ll get a free copy of both Portal 2 and Rocket League, in case you didn’t already have either game (and in case you needed a further incentive).
Prices for the products will vary around the place, but both the Steam Controller and Steam Link should set you back around US$50, while the Steam Machine ranges in price from US$449.99 all the way up to more than US$5,000 depending on configuration.