14 Steam Machines propel Linux gaming to the top

Valve’s lineup of Linux-powered Steam Machines from 14 different manufacturers run the gamut from embedded consoles to tower PCs, and start as low as $499.

As promised back in September when it unveiled a Linux-based SteamOS distribution for games, Seattle-based software company Valve announced a variety of Steam Machine gaming systems that run it. Although 15 to 20 licensees were originally expected, a still impressive line-up of 14 systems from 14 vendors were announced, with many of them displayed at CES in prototype or near final form. Most will ship in the second half of 2014.