Live from Valve's CES 2013 press conference

We're reporting live from the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, where Valve is throwing a pre-CES press conference to talk all things Steam Machines. Already, a number of details have emerged from Valve's third-party partners have announced details, including a January launch. The event is set to begin at 5PM PT. Stay tuned for live updates.
16:50 - We just got hands-on time with the odd Steam Controller playing Metro: Last Light. It definitely has a learning curve, with super-sensitive trackpads that give back resistance while used. They're not quite analog sticks and treating them as such had us walking backwards at times. Instead, it's important to be mindful of where your hand is on the trackpad. There are all sorts of buttons as well, including multiple buttons on the handles themselves, and not knowing where "E" was certainly hindered our progress. (It was the equivalent of R3, apparently.) 17:00 - Gabe Newell just took the stage. "Dota 2 is bigger than Monday Night Football." 17:01 - "A few years ago, we were worried about the openness of the PC platform." Yet another direct blow to Windows 8 from Valve's head-honcho. It should be no surprise why SteamOS is Linux-based. 17:02 - Here are thirteen new machines. "Each of these machines represents a different take" on bringing Steam Machines to the living room. 17:03 - When asked by the audience if the machines will be low or high end, Newell confirms that it will be across the entire range. In addition, Valve plans on continuing to make their own Steam Machines, in addition to the prototypes that originally went out. "We have plans to build more machines." 17:04 - However, Newell was careful to point out that third-party manufacturers are still crucial. "We really see our view in this as enabling." The controllers will still be made by Valve, and no price or release date has been announced. 17:06 - "Vendors are telling us that this is the best thing... since the beginning of time," Newell said cheekily. There are about 250 titles running on SteamOS. "We need to give developers tools to develop on Linux, Windows, and Mac simultaneously." 17:07 - And just like that, Newell exits the stage and the conference is over. We're going to be spending a lot more time here trying to scour for details. 17:17 - And here are the models seen at the show:
  • Alienware
  • Alternate ($1339) - Intel Core i5 4570, Gigabyte GTX 760, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSHD
  • CyberpowerPC ($499+) - AMD/Intel Core i5 CPU, AMD Radeon R9 270/Nvidia GTX 760, 8GB RAM, 500GB
  • Digital Storm - Bolt II ($2584) - Intel Core i7 4770K, GTX 780Ti, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 120GB SSD
  • Gigabyte + Brix Pro (TBD) - Intel Core i7-477OR, Intel Iris Pro 5200, 8GB RAM, 1TB SATA
  • Falcon Northwest Tiki ($1799+) - Nvidia GTX Titan, 8+GB RAM, up to 6TB
  • iBuyPower ($499+) - Quad Core AMD or Intel, Radeon GCN graphics, 8GB RAM, 500GB+
  • Material.net ($1098) - Intel Core i5 4440, MSi GeForce GTX 760OC, 8GB RAM, 8GB+1TB SSHD
  • Origin PC - Chronos (TBD) - Intel Core i7 4770K 3.9+ GHz, MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC, 8GB RAM, 8GB + 1TB SSHD
  • Next Spa (TBD) Intel Core i5, Nvidia GT 760, 8GB RAM, 1TB
  • Scan - NC10 ($1090) - Intel Core 93 4000M, Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M, 8GB RAM, 500GB
  • Webhallen ($1499) - Intel Core i7 4771, Nvidia GTX 780, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSHD
  • Zotac ($599) - Intel Core, Nvidia GeForce GTX

Click to see our gallery of Steam Machines

17:40 - Okay, that's it for now! We'll have a video up for you to watch tomorrow.