The Valve Steam Box is not one, but a number of licensed Steam Machines built by partners such as Alienware. These gaming PCs have been custom-made to run SteamOS and will work with Valve's upcoming Steam Controller.
Valve said: "As we've been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we've come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines."
At CES 2014 a total of 13 Steam Machines have been unveiled and we've taken a look at all of them. Scroll down to see photos of each one.
They come in all shapes and sizes with some looking like a regular gaming PC and others coming in boxes which look far too small for the task. They also come in a range of prices from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. As you would expect, the specifications vary too.
At the high-end is the Digital Storm Bolt II and the Falcon Northwest Tiki, the latter ranges from $1,799 to $6,000. The Bolt II will come with an Intel Core i7 processor and the Tiki will be equipped with an nVidia GeForce GTX Titan GPU.
Steam Machines from Cyberpower, Zotac and iBuyPower will retail around a more modest $500 and come with Core i5 or AMD CPUs and lower-spec graphics. Alienware's Steam Machine looks gorgeous but the firm has refused to announce any specifications for the device.
Here are all 13 Steam Machines from CES 2014 and the Steam Controller.
Valve Steam Controller
Alienware Steam Machine
Alternate Steam Machine
Cyberpower Steam Machine
Digital Storm Bolt II Steam Machine
Falcon Northwest Tiki Steam Machine
Gigabyte Steam Machine
iBuyPower Steam Machine
Materiel Steam Machine
Next Steam Machine
Origin Steam Machine
Scan Steam Machine
Webhallen Steam Machine
Zotac Steam Machine