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Valve Software, a developer of popular video games and the owner of Steam video game distribution service, on Friday finally disclosed specifications of its prototype Steam Machines, personal computers running SteamOS designed to fit into interior of living rooms. While the characteristics of the boxes impress, they clearly point to the fact that Valve basically wants high-end PCs with SteamOS to be installed into living rooms.

Valve stressed that when it set out to create its own prototype Steam Machine “console” hardware, it wanted to accomplish some specific design goals that in the past others were not tackling. One of them was to combine high-end power with a living-room-friendly form-factor, another was to help it test living-room scenarios on a box that is as open as possible. For its own prototype Steam Machines, Valve has chosen to build something special, high-end, high-performance boxes, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts.

Specifications of 300 Steam Machine prototypes, which will be sent to beta testers, look as follows:

  • CPU: some boxes with Intel Core i7-4770, some with Core i5-4570, and some with Core i3;
  • GPU: some units feature Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan, some sport GeForce GTX 780, some include GeForce GTX 760, and some come with GeForce GTX 660;
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3 at 1600MHz;
  • Storage: 1TB/8GB hybrid SSHD;
  • Power Supply: internal 450W 80+ Gold;
  • Dimensions: approximately 12” * 12.4” * 2.9”.

The systems are fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard. Apart from the custom enclosure, anyone can go and build exactly the same machine by shopping for components and assembling it themselves.

“To be clear, this design is not meant to serve the needs of all of the tens of millions of Steam users. It may, however, be the kind of machine that a significant percentage of Steam users would actually want to purchase – those who want plenty of performance in a high-end living room package. Many others would opt for machines that have been more carefully designed to cost less, or to be tiny, or super quiet, and there will be Steam Machines that fit those descriptions. In the future we will talk about how Steam will help customers understand the differences between machines, hardware strengths and weaknesses, and upgrade decisions,” a statement by Valve reads.

Valve has not published pictures of its own Steam Machine prototype due to the fact that the design has not been finalized. Besides, Valve said it expects people to redesign the machines both from a technical perspective, deciding on different components, and from an industrial design perspective, changing the enclosure in interesting ways.

Tags: Valve, Steam, SteamOS, Steam Box, Steam Machines, Intel, Nvidia


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Discussion started: 10/05/13 07:01:38 AM
Latest comment: 10/08/13 07:58:47 PM
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Microsoft is counting-
Nvidia will pay for this,yes ms already struggling with windows8 issues and now new os with help of nvidia..........i can't understand why nvidia is doing this ,this is like suicide if ms becomes angry they will reduce nvidia performance in directx,less hw acceleration, less support for maxwell unified memory design,,,,,,and no nvidia in surface3.
I m not saying they should not do this,,,,but this is not right time and ms is still too powerful
0 2 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 10/05/13 07:01:38 AM]
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if ms do this, they give one more reason to jump to steamos
2 1 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 10/05/13 04:35:55 PM]

If it takes more power away from MS then I'm happy. The real reason I want to see the back of Windows is I've never ever bought Windows and pirating it is getting harder and harder these days. I've always built my own machines and never ever factored in the cost of the OS. Up until recently I have been forced to use Windows to play games. Now I'm playing my Steam bought games on Linux and am not classed as a criminal and dont have to faff with activation hacks etc.

There's the honest reason that I want the SteamOS/Linux as a gaming platform to succeed, even though I acknowledge that Windows has no problems running the actual games.
0 2 [Posted by: Zimanodenea  | Date: 10/05/13 09:14:42 AM]
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show the post
0 3 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 10/05/13 11:42:20 AM]
Nice trolling, but of course you'll get viruses with hacked copies, that's how the hackers make their money!
0 1 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 10/06/13 09:08:07 PM]
hmm i got my legit copy of windows directly from Microsoft for 15$.. wasn't hard either.
0 0 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 10/08/13 07:14:42 PM]

The only console is the one with the detacheable ROM cartridge. Plug in and play! If not, then I prefer top performace PC's for gaming. It is robust, fast and simple to use, fits into a small area, it doesn't break, it produces fun distortions on the screen if the module is removed with power on. I mean why can't they make one with modern memory modules?
1 1 [Posted by: Teemu Ruskeepää  | Date: 10/05/13 10:01:31 AM]

I ask what vendor of games will put his money in the hands of other vendor of games like "Valve".

Shit Valve, they are not now the company was 10 years ago. They are like any other.
1 1 [Posted by: Tud Bar  | Date: 10/05/13 01:36:45 PM]

Interestingly they use Seagate drives and Silverstone SFX PSU. The little bugger is going to have zero space for anything other than the one drive it comes with and the graphics card. And even worse, it will have absolutely zero noise suppression or need custom cooling solutions that make the system impossible to upgrade
0 1 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 10/05/13 08:07:29 PM]

With no AMD option, it's clear this is a response to AMD based consoles sponsored by... guess who?!!... Nvidia and Intel. Or so it looks like.Good specs, but also some flaws like the ones highlighted by our friends above. Interesting days to come in ConsoleLand.
0 1 [Posted by: mosu  | Date: 10/06/13 08:32:20 PM]
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The no-AMD option is likely do to the form factor. SFX supply means 450W max, and a 9350+7990 is well above that even before peak load considerations. i7 4770+Titan is less than 400W peak even with cd and hdd at max draw. And of course the issue of heat, the heatsink for a 9350 isn't going to fit in 3"
0 1 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 10/06/13 09:06:30 PM]

All the AMD fanboys don't like the fact that Valve wanted a true PC gaming experience for Console only fanboys so that is why they went with Nvidia and Intel. That is how it is.
0 1 [Posted by: John Mellinger  | Date: 10/07/13 06:03:32 AM]

from what I read it will cost 1,000 dollars, way above the asking price of the ps4 and xbox one consoles. Sure you get top end hardware like performance but as we all know in the console world that doesn't relate to sales if the price isn't reasonable, because that's what matters the most in the console world. NEO-GEO comes to mind, it was a hardware marvel for its time, that was far and away better then the hardware in the Genesis and SNES had, but the 700 dollar price tag killed it as soon as it debuted.
1 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 10/07/13 06:33:43 AM]
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You are looking at $670 in parts before graphics card (add $200-$1000) and $100 in custom case (with usb, etc) for the top cpu model, possibly down to $550 for lowest CPU. Assuming the standard is i5+GTX760, $1000 is perfectly reasonable if you plan to use this as a normal computer with sub-normal storage.

(in case you want your own build, i have newegg numbers)


The main problem is the case itself, but the design isn't too difficult and could be made with a pair of sheet steel
0 1 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 10/07/13 11:40:14 AM]

So basically, the machine's unimportant, but the OS is the keypoint. Steam, I've got a 480gb SSD waiting for you Sexy OS.

Running my games without having tio rely on Windows... woah... I'm I crying...

0 0 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 10/08/13 07:56:56 PM]

From Steam powered site:
is a collaborative many-to-many entertainment platform, in which each participant is a multiplier of the experience for everyone else.

Again... Freeeeddooooooommmmmm!
0 0 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 10/08/13 07:58:47 PM]


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