Valve talks shop on their newly announced hardware. Beta units to have high-end specs.
Following last weeks reveal of SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam Controller, today Valve has released the initial specifications for their hardware system. The company warns that the final product, to made by a variety of companies, will most likely differ from the 300 beta units set to ship this year. With that said, the prototype specs are impressively powerful.
“So for our own first prototype Steam Machine (the one we're shipping to 300 Steam users), we've chosen to build something special,” Valve explains. “The prototype machine is a high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts.”
The benefit of these machines, as outlined by Valve, is they’re fully upgradable. Whether it’s the GPU, CPU or even the motherboard, users can swap out components at their leisure. Furthermore, these builds can be duplicated simply by purchasing the same pieces and assembling it themselves. Valve is even providing the CAD files for interested parties.
- 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
No pictures of the box have been released yet, but Valve does plan to reveal those before they ship. Additionally, the company also foresees and encourages any of the 300 beta users to redesign the box as they see fit. “Both from a technical perspective, deciding on different components, and from an industrial perspective, changing the enclosure in interesting ways.”
It’s important to note, Valve is very aware of existing Steam users who may already own a high-end PC rig; and Steam Machines are not a replacement to that.
“There are a lot of other Steam customers who already have perfectly great gaming hardware at home in the form of a powerful PC,” Valve notes. “The prototype we’re talking about here is not meant to replace that.”
For many of these consumers, myself included, Valve feels these users would rather “bridge the gap” between their existing hardware and the living room space. Bottomline: The Half-Life creators support this too.
“That’s a great goal, and we’re working on ways to use our in-home streaming technology to accomplish it - we’ll talk more about that in the future.”
How the company plans to see this process through is yet another exciting idea to look forward to from the Washington based tech company. Stay tuned as the next item of discussion will be the Steam Controller. It’s a good time to be gamer.
Currently, Valve is encouraging Steam users interested in receiving one of the 300 Steam Machine Prototypes to complete 5 simple tasks before October 25 for consideration. Users can track their status by signing in to Steam and checking their quest page.