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Valve Details Steam Machine Prototype Specifications

Jonathan Lester
Steam Box, Steam Machines, Valve

Valve Details Steam Machine Prototype Specifications

Valve has released the specifications of the 300 prototype Steam Machines that they'll send out to lucky beta testers. As you'd expect, the prototypes boast a range of CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs, seeing as multiple models will be released next year.

No picture yet, mind.

Valve's Greg Coomer discussed the specifications in a new community post. Here's the details:

  • 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 DDR5 (GPU)
  • Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
  • Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
  • Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

Coomer suggested that Steam Machines will be upgradeable, and that they'll help consumers to make sense of the different options closer to release. Remember, the freely-licensable SteamOS will likely lead to any manner of third-party alternatives. “As a hardware platform, the Steam ecosystem will change over time, so any upgrades will be at each user’s discretion,” he wrote. “In the future we’ll talk about how Steam will help customers understand the differences between machines, hardware strengths and weaknesses, and upgrade decisions."

“We aren’t quite ready to post a picture of our prototype – just because they’re not finished enough," he continued, deflecting an obvious question before we had chance to ask it. "Before they ship we’ll let you know what the prototype looks like. And we expect people to redesign the machine, too. Both from a technical perspective, deciding on different components, and from an industrial design perspective, changing the enclosure in interesting ways."

“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.”

Valve previously announced that "there will be multiple SteamOS machines to choose from, made by different manufacturers," and that there will "ultimately be several boxes to choose from, with an array of specifications, price, and performance." What do you make of the specs, and what do you need from a living room PC?

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