Valve is closer than ever to releasing the fabled Steam Box. Today, the company released detailed specs for the 300 prototype Steam Machines going out to 300 lucky (and presumably qualified) Steam users.
Valve describes the Steam Machines as "something special," calling it "a high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts." The hardware, in its current form, is also about the size of a normal console, standing at about a foot long and a foot wide.
Check out the specs below. Keep in mind that the Steam Machine prototypes will not all be identical, which shouldn't come as a surprise when you consider that Valve is still testing the hardware.
- 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 also mentioned the Steam ecosystem changing over time with the new platform. They'll talk more about that, the weaknesses and strengths of hardware, upgrade decisions and more, down the line.
The Steam Controller will also be receiving a spotlight soon.