Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE) are going to have to face down new competition in the console world. Valve, the biggest PC game-seller in the world, says that it will enter the market with the “Steam Machine.” The PS4 VS Xbox One console war just got a lot more interesting.
Steam Machines hit stores Nov. 10
There will be many different versions of the Steam Machine on the market, though all will run Valve’s SteamOS, a special build of Linux designed to run games and the firm’s storefront.
Only games that can be played on Linux will work with the Steam Machines. That means that the range of games available on launch won’t rival the collection in the PS4 VS Xbox One console battle. It may, however, have more working games than those consoles did at launch.
Steam Machines will start from $449, while the Steam controller will sell for $49. The Steam Machine made by Alienware, a part of Dell, will come in four configurations. The most powerful will sell for $749.