Those of you eager to get your hands on the Steam Machine Prototype will be pleased to know that Valve has released some more details on the device including specifications on what insides the Prototype will contain.
Those who have completed the Eligibility Quest and have been entered the pool to be one of the 300 lucky few will receive a prototype with the following components:
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 GDDR5 (GPU)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in hight
These components are what Valve describe as “off-the-shelf PC parts” which anyone could build if they so wished. Valve will even provide the source CAD files for their enclosure for those who want to build their own Steam Machine.
Valve ultimately want to create a machine that anyone can use and customise. The post explains that “It is also fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to.” Valve even want you to customise the enclosure for the device, build a new one “both from a technical perspective, deciding on different components, and from an industrial design perspective, changing the enclosure in interesting ways.”
This information was posted to the Steam Universe community which was required in order to complete the Eligibility Quest. Here you will find all of the details on the Steam Machine when Valve update it.
It really looks like the Steam Machine complete with the Steam OS and Steam Controller is going to shape the future of PC gaming in the living room and I welcome it with open arms. Let’s just hope I get a prototype.