The first wave of Steam Machines, the console-like gaming PCs that run on Valve’s Steam OS will be available to pre-order on October 16 and will be in stores on November 10 Valve has announced. The Stream Link and Controller will also be landed on November 10. The first two to release will be from Alienware and CyberPower. Other manufacturers are expected to announce plans leading up to the date.
Steam Machines will run on a Linux variant that has Steam’s big picture mode as the interface. Steam Machines will be limited to games that have Linux compatibility, however all Stream Machines will be able to stream games for other systems such as Windows and Mac from another machine. At launch, about 1,200 games will be natively support, Valve has said that they’re working to add direct Linux support to as many games as possible.
Steam Machines will start at $449, the controller will sell for $49, and the Steam Link which connects any television, PC, Mac or Steam Machine will sell for $49.