Valve, along with a number of retail chains, has begun accepting pre-orders for Steam hardware. You can pre-order the Steam Controller, Steam Link, and a limited variety of Steam Machines. Here is a quick rundown of the upcoming hardware that will ease your transition from your desk to your couch!
The Steam Controller
The Steam Controller has reached its final evolution and features dual trackpads and fully mappable keys, allowing for controller play of games traditionally requiring keyboard support. Gone are the days of worrying about partial controller support when playing your PC games in Big Picture Mode.
Steam Controller Overview:
- Dual trackpads
- HD haptics
- Analog stick
- Dual-stage triggers, each with 10° of travel, a magnetic flux sensor, and a tactile switch
- Gyroscope and accelerometer sensors enabling tilt-to-steer racing wheel functionality and other motion-controlled input
- Configurable controls
- Local multiplayer capability, as supported by games
- Wired or wireless (dual mode)
- USB 2.0 via Micro USB port (cable not included)
- Estimated 5 meters of wireless communications range (Actual results may vary)
- Provides up to 80 hours of standard game play using the included AA batteries during preliminary testing. Battery life will vary based on usage and other factors, such as type of batteries used( Actual results may vary).
The Steam Link
To facilitate your move from desk to couch, the Steam Link serves to connect your gaming PC and TV. The link connects to your TV and home network, then mirrors audio and video from your gaming computer to the TV. The Link supports the Steam Controller (of course) and many popular 3rd party controllers as well as a keyboard and mouse through the three USB ports on the Link.
Steam Link Overview:
- 1080p resolution at 60 FPS
- Wired 100 Mbit/s Fast Ethernet and Wireless 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) networking abilities
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- Internal Wireless Steam Controller pairing capability
- Bluetooth 4.0
- HDMI out
- Supports Steam Controller (sold separately,) Xbox One or 360 Wired Controller, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710, or keyboard and mouse
Finally, the Alienware Steam Machine ($449.99-$749.99) and the Syber Steam Machine ($499.00-$1419.00) are available for pre-order in a number of configurations from GameStop and the Syber website.
The Alienware offering features CPU (i3-i7), RAM (4-8GB), Hard Drive (500GB-1TB), and network card options, and includes a standard (non-upgradable) GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5 all packed within a beautiful case.
The offering by Syber, features similar options on the low end but a much more impressive high end option which includes up to 16GB RAM and a GTX 980 w/4GB GDDR5. While the case isn’t as visually impressive as the Alienware, it should offer easier upgradability due to its use of off-the-shelf components.
US-based gamers can pre-order the Steam Controller, the Steam Link, and the Alienware Steam Machine from either the Steam store or GameStop. Valve reports that pre-orders will be available by October 16, more than three weeks before the official launch.
Gamers from Canada and Europe do not yet have the ability to pre-order Steam Machines, but they can pre-order the Steam Controller and Steam Link through EB Games, Micromania, and GAME UK in addition to GameStop and the Steam store.
More information can be found: Here.