Neoseeker : News : Valve's Steam Machine prototype captured in recent photo, several controller prototypes too
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Tommy Vercetti Nov 4, 13
Now have it ranged between $400-$600 and Valve have my money!
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Tommy Vercetti Nov 4, 13
Obviously Valve is a very successful company, do you guys think they can afford to sell these at a loss?
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bluexy Nov 4, 13
Tommy Vercetti It won't be Valve selling them. They're only doing these prototypes. All hardware will be coming from third-parties partnering to offer the platforms with the Steam OS. As such it's almost certain these third-parties will still want to profit off of hardware sales, unless Valve offers them a part of the game sales on the platform.
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Invidia Nov 4, 13
If anyone is curious about the size, Redditor bigj231 calculated the dimensions based on the USB port pixel width:

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In the image, the USB ports are ~35 pixels wide. That equates to 12mm per the USB spec (from wikipedia). So in the picture, that's 0.3428571429 mm/pixel.
The horizontal length is ~935 pixels. So the total length is ~312mm (about 12.3")
The height is ~230 pixels. So the height is ~77mm (almost exactly 3")

For reference, the dimensions of the xbox 360 are:
309 mm wide x 83 mm high x 258 mm deep
12.15 in wide x 3.27 in high x 10.15 in deep
per this site [http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/8417/Xbox-360-Physical-Dimensions]
It's pretty comparable to an Xbox 360
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Huntereb Nov 4, 13
It's sad that the Steam Machines will have certain hardware restrictions similar to PC, and not just the same individual unit.

But at the same time, that's good! Some people may want super high-end machines, and others may want just the bare-bones.
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Chekkaa Nov 4, 13
I can't believe they didn't call it the Steam Engine.
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