Valve now says the first Steam Machines, the living room PCs that will use the company's SteamOS, will go on sale in November. That's about a year later than what Valve originally planning for its Steam Machine launch. Valve also plans to sell Steam Link, a hardware device that will stream content from both Windows PCs and Steam Machines.
About a dozen PC makers, including Falcon Northwest and Dell's Alienware division, plan to launch Steam Machine PCs. Valve says:
Steam Machines will start at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance. Customers interested in the best possible gaming experience can choose whichever components meet their needs.
Steam Machines will run games natively that support Valve's Linux-based SteamOS, but are also able to stream Windows games from a nearby PC. For those folks who don't want to get a Steam Machine, but still want to stream PC games on their big screen TV, Valve will sell Steam Link. It states:
Designed to extend your Steam experience to any room in the house, Steam Link allows you to stream all your Steam content from any PC or Steam Machine on the same home network. Supporting 1080p at 60Hz with low latency, Steam Link will be available this November for $49.99, and available with a Steam Controller for an additional $49.99 in the US (worldwide pricing to be released closer to launch).