Later this year, Valve will release 300 prototypes Steam Machines to 300 lucky testers. Valve also announced it would give the specs to these prototypes this week, and they came through. You can see the specs below in bold. Remember though, the Steam Machine is not just one specific box like an Xbox or Playstation. Their will be multiple models and many different price points, so gamers can buy at whichever level they prefer.
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 high
Valve has chosen to ship a variety of the prototype Steam Machines out, using different processors and graphics card combinations. If players are unhappy with their Machine, they can upgrade it with common PC parts. This upgrade-ability has been one of the most touted features of the Steam Machines. Valve will also be releasing more information on the controller soon.
This reporter’s opinion: Well, my $1000 gaming rig is apparently now less powerful than a Steam Machine. I wonder if they are sending out the top of the line equipment just to show off how powerful the machine can be. A PC like this would run upwards of $1,500, so this makes me wonder if many gamers won’t be put off by the potentially high price point.
by, Bobby Marquardt