When Valve released the specifications of the prototypes of their upcoming console, the Steam Machine, earlier this month the internet seemed to take the inclusion of a Nvidia GPU as a sign that Steam Machines would be Nvidia exclusive, it has been confirmed this week that this is not the case.
Speaking to Maximum PC Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi had the following to say on the confusion caused by the specifications announcement:
“Last week, we posted some technical specs of our first wave of Steam Machine prototypes… Although the graphics hardware that we’ve selected for the first wave of prototypes is a variety of Nvidia cards, that is not an indication that Steam Machines are Nvidia-only.
“In 2014, there will be Steam Machines commercially available with graphics hardware made by AMD, Nvidia, and Intel. Valve has worked closely together with all three of these companies on optimizing (sic) their hardware for SteamOS, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.”
It was assumed that due to Valve and Nvidia collaborating to build the platform Steam Machines will run on, SteamOS, that Valve would be locked in and had provided Nvidia with an exclusivity deal for the graphics hardware in Steam Machines.
Evidently this assumption was incorrect and gamers who are eagerly anticipating the Steam Machine, will be able to enjoy the Linux based PC in their living room with Intel and AMD cards if they are so inclined.
The console is due for release at some point next year, and has already turned a few heads in the gaming community due to its rather strange looking controller, which was revealed towards the end of last month.