Alright, so we know Steam is coming up with a console, following the announcement of the Steam OS, but what do we really know about it so far?
“For our own first prototype Steam Machine, we’ve chosen to build something special,” Valve said in a Steam Community blog post. “The prototype machine is a high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts. It is also fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to.
“Apart from the custom enclosure, anyone can go and build exactly the same machine by shopping for components and assembling it themselves. And we expect that at least a few people will do just that. (We’ll also share the source CAD files for our enclosure, in case people want to replicate it as well.)”
So, the specifications:
GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
CPU: some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high
According to Valve, they’re too early into development to show any device whatsoever, so we’ll have to take their word for it. What’s more interesting however is how the company hopes to take on the likes of Sony and Microsoft, both with the next-gen consoles due pretty soon. Is there a market for PC oriented console? Only time will tell