Valve’s Steam Machine prototype specs, equips Intel Haswell chips
By Brandon Martin on October 7, 2013
Before Valve sends out prototypes of its Linux-powered Steam Machine gaming console and Steam Controller to 300 lucky beta testers, the creator of legendary games such as Half-Life and Left 4 Dead, revealed more details and specs about the hardware.
This follows the unveiling Steam Controller with a dual trackpad and a touchscreen a week ago.
Steam Machine Prototypes
Valve announced the details about the Steam Machine through the community board of Steam. According to post, the prototypes will have different CPUs (i7-4770, i5-4570, and some i3). The prototype boxes that aim to conquer living rooms in the future will also be equipped with different GPUs such as the Nvidia Titan, GTX660, GTX760 while some will use GTX780. The CPU will run in tandem with a 16GB DDR3-1600 while the GPU will work with 3GB DDR5 RAM.
The Steam Machine measures 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 inches and will have a hybrid SSHD storage of 1TB or 8GB. Looking at the numbers, Valve’s Steam Machine will be a bit bigger than the Play Station 4 of Sony measuring 10.8 x 12 x2 inches and a bit bigger than Microsoft’s Xbox One that registers at 13.5 x 10.4 x 3.2 inches.
Based on the specs of the Steam Machine prototype, the low-end setup of Valve will most likely outclass the computing capabilities of the two popular consoles. Some of these boxes will also bring insane performance levels to the gaming console market.
Valve also hinted that the gaming machines can be upgraded upon the discretion of end users, and the company will help users understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Steam Machine, the different setups, and the best options for upgrading the hardware platform.
Valve didn’t post any images of the gaming console yet citing reasons that the work isn’t finished enough. “Before they ship we’ll let you know what the prototype looks like. And we expect people to redesign the machine, too. Both from a technical perspective, deciding on different components, and from an industrial design perspective, changing the enclosure in exciting ways,” the announcement said.
Valve earlier unwrapped its Steam Controller that can be used with its SteamOS for the living room. The innovative controller doesn’t copy the form of the conventional dual stick controllers, but introduces a form that comes useful even for PC games that make use of keyboard and mouse.
“The most prominent elements of the Steam controller are its two circular trackpads. Driven by the player’s thumbs, each one has a high-resolution trackpad as its base. It is also clickable, allowing the entire surface to act as a button. The trackpads allow far higher fidelity input than has previously been possible with traditional handheld controllers,” Valve described through its announcement.
The controller also features a high resolution touch screen that enables users to make most of the Steam catalog of games.
The official prices for the production versions of the Steam Controller and the Steam Machine haven’t been revealed.