Just about two weeks ago Valve announced Steam Machines along with SteamOS and the Stream Controller. Steam Machines are said to be next generation gaming machines aimed at gamers that want to game in the living room on the big screen. Valve announced that Steam Machines would ship in 2014, but would be sending out 300 BETA units to eligible Steam users. Valve has now released the specifications of what some of the prototype units would be.
Valve will be shipping different prototypes from different price points so your BETA Steam Box might include the following hardware:
GPU: NVIDIA Titan, GTX 780, GTX 760, GTX 660
CPU: Core i7 4770, Core i5 4570, Core i3 (Haswell)
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 MHz (CPU), 2-3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80 Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high
As you can see from the specifications Valve is going all in with NVIDIA and Intel. Also the specifications show that there will definitely be different price points. The i7-4770 with the GTX Titan would definitely be geared towards the high end, whereas the Core i3 and GTX 660 would be more towards the lower end. The dimensions give us some idea of what the unit would actually look like as well. Valve says their custom built chassis will allow users to easily upgrade the machine.
These Steam Machines would of course support the SteamOS and would ship with the Steam Controller at launch. Steam of course does not want to leave you out if you don’t own a Steam Machine as their SteamOS is open source and you can install it on your own system.
It will be really interesting to see what these prototypes turn out to look like!