Valve has been working on their own Steam Machines for quite some time now. This process has gone through many live tests and beta units that have lead to changes and refinements a long the way. Valve wants to deliver a powerful and stable console-like experience on the PC platform. This of course is going to take a lot of time.
When Valve announced their Steam Machines BETA program and listed the specifications for the BETA units the GPUs that were listed included the NVIDIA GTX Titan, GTX 780, GTX 760 and GTX 660. So it looked like official Steam Machines would be an all NVIDIA affair. In a recent interview Valve’s Doug Lombardi said that this is not true.
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.
We knew Valve was going to have three announcements this week. The first was SteamOS, the second was Steam Machines and now the third is the Steam Controller. For those thinking it was going to be Half-Life 3, it looks like you are still going to have to wait for that. The Steam Controller completes the “Living Room” experience that Valve is trying to create with all of these products that they have announced.
Well it looks like the “Steambox” will be a reality as Valve has announced their entry into the PC hardware world with Steam Machines. Steam Machines is a device that is bundled with Valve’s own SteamOS operating system and will allow you to play all of your favorite games in a living room setting.