Product designer Greg Coomer said Valve’s not quite ready to post images of the Steam Machine prototype because they’re not fully finished, but they will let gamers know what it looks like before it’s ready to ship.
Coomer said the Steam ecosystem will change over time, and upgrades are at the “user’s discretion,” but he also believes that Valve fully expects people to “redesign the machine.”
“(People will redesign the Steam Machine) both from a technical perspective, deciding on different components, and from an industrial design perspective, changing the enclosure in interesting ways,” Coomer said.
Coomer said the design isn’t supposed to serve “tens of millions of Steam users,” but he does believe a “significant percent” of users would want to purchase the Steam Machine.
Some, Coomer said, might opt for cheaper, cost effective machines while others would want super quite or tiny machines.
In any case, however, Valve plans on helping consumers understand the differences between the Steam Machine variables.
“In the future we’ll talk about how Steam will help customers understand the differences between machines, hardware strengths and weaknesses, and upgrade decisions,” Coomer said.
Here are the specs from Valve:
- 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