"This morning, iBuyPower revealed a prototype of its own upcoming Steam Machine, which will go on sale for just $499 next year. For the price of an Xbox One, the computer will offer a multicore AMD CPU and a discrete AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card — that's a $180 GPU all by itself — and come with Valve's Steam Controller as part of the package deal.
The glossy white case also has a fully customizable light bar running down the center channel, and an integrated power supply... the box is bigger than a PlayStation 4 but smaller than Microsoft's Xbox One, and comes standard with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 500GB hard drive... you won't be getting Windows, only Valve's Linux-based Steam OS.
Currently the company has two prototypes: Gordon and Freeman. Both are identical save for the light bar around the middle. More specifically, Gordon has a blacked out area where the lighting is, and it's totally black when turned off, whereas Freeman is translucent/milky in that area."
Still not completely sold, but sounds interesting to see how it plays out in the coming months.
Posting from phone. So Police, don't whine about minor mistakes.
i like that each of them will have to compete with other manufacturers and as such, they will probably fight for consumers with attractive builds and offers like the amd rewards and nvidia equivalent for gpus.
PC hardware doesn't need to match console hardware in price when PC gamers save literal thousands from the software they buy. http://www.steamgamesales.com/