Hello Linux Geeksters. As I have previously written, CyberPowerPC is one of the twelve manufacturers that have officially partnered up with Valve, in order to release Steam Machines (SteamOS running gaming consoles).
CyberPowerPC has presented at CES 2014, in Las Vegas, their first two SteamOS running gaming consoles, which will be most likely released this Summer. While the first one is using an AMD processor and ATI graphics, the second model runs with an Intel Processor and Nvidia graphics.
The first Steam Machine developed by CyberPowerPC uses an 3.9GHz AMD APU A6-6400K , AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card, 8 GB of RAM and 500 GB of internal storage and will be shipped with Steam OS as the default operating system and with the Steam Controller gamepad, for the starting price of $ 499.
The second CyberPowerPC Steam Machine will be using 3.5GHz Intel Core i3-4330 , Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, 8 GB of RAM, 500 GB internal storage, Wireless 802.11 ac and will be shipped with both SteamOS and the Steam Controller, for the $ 699.
The story so far:
As you may know, Valve, now a member of The Linux Foundation, has initiated some ambitions projects: the SteamOS, a Linux operating system optimized for gaming, the Steam Machine, a gaming colsole that will run with SteamOS and the Steam Controller, a game controller specially designed for SteamOS and the Steam Machine. A demo video of the Steam Controller can be found here.
The first Beta version of SteamOS 1.0 (which has been released in November, 2013) is a customized Debian Wheezy system, running on Kernel 3.10.11, back-porting fresh Nvidia, Catalyst and Mesa binary drivers, uses SysVinit as the system’s default event manager, a personalized GNOME 3.4 as the default desktop environment for the Big Picture mode and Xcompmgr, a lightweight graphics compositor.
Until now, Valve did not release any Steam Machine yet, but they had sent 300 units to some lucky testers, in order to receive feedback.