Valve Reveals the Specifications for its Steam Machine Prototype
It's been just over a week since Valve unveiled its Steam Machines, its reimagining of the Steam Box, and today we have a little more information on what to expect in the beta hardware. The initial 300 Steam Machines for the beta test are being built with top of the line hardware and contained inside a custom enclosure. Valve will allow anyone to upgrade any part of the hardware themselves, and since all the hardware used is off-the-shelf parts, anyone can build their own Steam Machine. It just won't have the custom enclosure, however Valve is including the source CAD files for that for the more mechanically inclined gamers to even build one of those. This top of the line model is what Valve thinks many gamers want in the living room, however there'll be plenty of others who want something not as powerful or quieter or even smaller. Luckily there are going to be a wide range of Steam Machines to fit whatever idea people want.
So, just what does each Steam Machine have inside for the lucky 300 beta testers? Well, it'll be one of a selection of NVIDIA GPUs, with the Titan, GTX 780, GTX 760, and GTX 660s being selected. The CPUs are all Intel-based, with some machines running the Core i7 4770, others the i5 4570, and some with Core i3s. Memory totals will be 16GB of DDR3-1600 for the CPU and 3GB GDDR5 for the GPU for all systems, with a 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD providing storage. A 450W 80 PLUS Gold power supply will run the show. Each Steam Machine measures 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 inches, so it won't be taking up very much space in the living room at all.
Valve still isn't ready to reveal what the beta hardware looks like for the Steam Machines, but it'll do that before they ship. Steam Machines also aren't meant to replace your current PC, but rather provide a new means for PC gaming in the living room without having to spend a ton of money.