Steam Machine Components Cost More Than PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U combined

The glorious PC Master Race might need another job.

The first 300 prototype Beta Steam Machines went out earlier this week, and this iFixit Teardown adds up the component cost to about $1,300. That would be enough money to go full-on with new-gen consoles and furnish a living room with a PS4, Xbox One, and WiiU.

The Teardown is just what you might think it is: the iFixit team completely dismantled the Steam Machine and is showing off the step-by-step process with glorious hi-res images. 

If you were wondering what the Steam Machine might look like under the hood, look no further. That $1,300 is going to a good cause: these machines pack quite the punch. Keep in mind this is the prototype configuration; by the time of release there will be other configuration options, and Valve promises a large degree of customization.

Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 

Graphics Card: Zotac GeForce 780, with 3 GB of VRAM

Memory: 16 GB of RAM

Storage: 1 terabyte Seagate hybrid SSD

Additionally, all components in the system are replaceable and upgradable. We've included a few images below of the Teardown, but we highly suggest you check out the full article here. It's pretty awesome:

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Would you rather have one of these awesome Steam Machines or all three new-gen consoles for the same price? We are VERY interested to hear your responses!


Published Dec. 20th 2013
  • herpaderpa_6444
    Let's all ignore the fact that this system is about 5x more powerful than the consoles.
  • Spyke_3447
    Who on earth are they marketing this for? XD 1600... that's such an insane number.

    However, there is nothing stopping them from releasing this console as a "bare bones kit" with far less insane hardware, and letting you upgrade to the better stuff over time. A move like that would be imho, smart AND would be in line with the type of stuff steam is known for in terms of value.
  • Landon Sommer
    Perhaps this will be the start to bridging the gap between consoles and PCs.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    There have actually been a few platforms that already did that. One of which is OnLive which is still running strong even with it's current lack of popularity.

    Everything's moving pretty quickly now. It really does look like everything will end up in the cloud and I'm down for that. It's both cool and scary, but other things scare me more. haha
  • Richard Whelchel
    16 Gigs of Ram? Jesus. Anything over 8 is overkill, especially for a box that is just designated to run games.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    nah. People used to say that about 4g and look what happened. =p
  • Eli "The Mad Man" Shayotovich
    Featured Correspondent
    As a die-hard PC gamer, I agree with you guys. If the price of this thing isn't in line with the the XB1 and PS4... what's the point?

    I'm still on the fence as to the actual viability of this thing in the first place. Playing my PC games on a big screen is enticing, but there's still the issue of the controller. IMHO the precision of a keyboard and mouse will always and forever beat out anything that uses our Neanderthalic thumbs to inaccurately move around a joystick. Thumbs were made for hitchhiking... not gaming.

    So if they charge anywhere near the $1,300 price point... just buy a damn PC. Or two next gen consoles. ;)
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    Well the Steam machine is supposed to be upgradeable. I think it'll just be one of the better gaming PC's to get.

    I've never understood the whole "use it with your TV" thing though. I've had my PCs hooked up to my TV for about ten years now.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    I like console games. To me consoles have more games that feel like they're meant to be games. PC seems to like to stick to FPS games with super crazy enhanced graphics which is cool and all but I like my God of Wars, Heavy Rains, Bayonettas, and the list goes on and on and on.

    We do seem to be moving into a new era where we will play basically console-less with everything being in the cloud. That's coming. So I wonder if there will even be any more "exclusive" games. Probably for whatever cloud platform such as OnLive or Playcast and whatever else comes.

    The Steam machine is gonna be incredible but yeah that price is one of the biggest reasons a lot of gamers stick to consoles. Consoles are cheaper and they don't have to worry about spending more money on upgrades, or understanding how the tech works.

    I want that Steam controller! Been excited about that since the fist time I saw it!
  • Zachary Welter
    Featured Contributor
    The price issue should've been obvious, but the PC Master Race fanboys ignored it every single time it was ever brought up.

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