Steam has done the smart thing by allowing manufactures to create their own SteamOS powered hardware, much like what Google did with Android. This should prove to be a good strategy as we will see a wide variety of SteamOS powered devices. One such device that has been on our radar is the SteamBoy handheld gaming device. Up until now it was known as the SteamBoy, but the new name has been revealed as the Smach Zero Steam Machine.
With all the talk about Steam Machines lately it was no surprise we would see a Steam Machine from ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) line. ASUS’s ROG GR8S Steam Machine hopes to bring gamers into the living room. The Steam Machine is roughly as big as a modern console, but of course features ASUS’s signature red and black ROG design.
ZOTAC was among many different companies showing off Steam Machines at GDC this year. Although weirdly named the SN970 this Steam Machine is no joke featuring an unspecified 6th-generation Intel Skylake CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 GPU.
At CES we had a chance to sit down with iBUYPOWER to talk about their upcoming Steam Machine. They have a very interesting take on the whole Steam Machine idea and their pricing of $499 to start really does reflect that.
The guys over at iFixit got their hands on one of the Valve’s Steam Machine prototypes and they decided to do what they do best, take it apart. Their teardown shows you exactly what is inside the steam machine and how easy it is to open one up, if you are lucky enough to get your hands on one.
An unboxing video of the Steam Machine and the Steam Controller has already been posted by a Youtube user, Corey Nelson. These show the absolutely new and spotless Steam Machine and Steam Controller being taken out of its box. The system is going to be transported very securely in a wooden box, which ensures that there are no damages.
It seems like Piixl, the British computer builder, has done its part well and is ready to introduce its entry into the Steam Machine market. Upon its arrival, this Jetpack by Piixl is going to be powered by Windows, Linux or maybe even Steam’s own Steam OS. We have heard that this jetpack is going to be compatible with any 3rd party graphics card and this is unlike any of the other Steam Machines but it seems like Piixl is all set to give out a tough competition to the rivals.
iBuyPower has finally given away its own alternative and the Steam Machine is not the least bit on the cheaper or affordable side by the attractiveness will surely catch everyone by interest. It appears to be everything that a gamer can wish for and is perfect for those who pay equal amount of attention to the physical attributes.
Sep 01, 2015 0