CES is under way, and one of the most surprising additions to the roster this year is Valve. The creators of Steam and the SteamOS are keen to get Steam Machines into the public conscience, and while video games haven’t been big business at CES for a few years now, there’s definitely room for Valve.
Valve is also holding a press conference at 5 PM Pacific Time, where they’re expected to announce more information about the upcoming hardware. For now though, we have the names of 12 hardware partners thanks to Engadget, who seem to have a direct line with Valve. These companies are: iBuyPower, Digital Storm, Alienware, Falcon Northwest CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac and Scan Computers.
Alienware and Gigabyte you’ll already know – Gigabyte has been branching out from motherboards and such recently with laptops and PCs, so this isn’t too much of a jump. The others are all various retailers or hardware manufacturers of differing quality, so it will be interesting to see who ends up making the “best” Steam Machine, and whether or not there will be different types such as streamers or low-end machines.
We’ll have all the important Linux and FOSS news from this and other CES events over the coming week.