Monday, during the opening stages of CES 2014, Valve decided to reveal 13 of the companies who will be manufacturing the upcoming Steam Machines. Valve's co-founder Gabe Newell took to the stage to present the announcement, explaining that the hardware specs of each model of Steam Machine vary considerably from high-end to low-end. Those companies that Valve announced to be working on Steam Machines include: Alternate, CyberpowerPC, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, Next Spa, Scan, Digital Storm, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Origin PC, Webhallen, Zotac and Alienware. Prices for these Steam Machines range from $499 US all the way up to a whopping $6,000 US, with some prices yet to be decided.
As well as these newly unveiled units, Valve also has about 300 Steam Machines of their own make currently in the hands of beta testers, but the company hasn't yet decided whether they will continue to manufacturer their own or let their partners take over.
"We're going to continue to make that decision as we go along," Newell stated. "We've been happy with the results of doing the hardware development. We had plans to build more Machines as our customers demand. We also expect people to be really happy with the range of offerings coming in from the range of hardware manufacturers."
Newell also mentioned that the beta testers for the Steam Machine have been rather limited in their feedback on the console and its unique controller scheme and so the changes that they have made are limited and still incomplete.
"Beta users have been super happy," he explained, discussing those lucky enough to have a prototype in their living rooms. "We actually kind of want them to tell us what's wrong, so we're kind of poking at them a little harder. Right now they're just saying this is the best thing since the beginning of time, or something. We're trying to get them to give us sort of more, how can we iterate on this and what are the steps that we need to solve next."
In one final bit of news, Newell announced to the crowd that, though Valve plans to make and sell their own Steam Controllers seperate from the Machines, any of their third-party manufacturers will also be able to design and sell their own. Check out the video below to see the actual presentation from yesterday.