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Valve To Release Steam Machine Gaming Console

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11/25/2013 10:52 pm
PopWrapped | Technology
Valve To Release Steam Machine Gaming Console

Kerri Kwong

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It looks like the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Wii U will have a new competitor joining them in the new year. Valve will be releasing its own Steam Machine, a gaming platform, made by third-party PC maker iBuyPower. The console is designed for gamers to enjoy Steam titles on the big screens in their living rooms. According to Engadget, the Steam Machine platform will have two versions to it - one codenamed "Gordon" and the other one "Freeman". It should definitely ring a bell if you're familiar with Half-Life, one of Valve's most successful titles. The console will be running on Steam's OS, which is currently still under production. Hardware specs are still yet to be officially released, but iBuyPower claims that the hardware is designed to run all Steam games at a minimum of 1080p at 60 frames per second. Here is a list of the Steam OS specs, courtesy of Polygon:
  • GPU: some units with Nvidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760 and some GTX660
  • CPU: some boxes with Intel Core i7-4770, some Core i5-4570 and some Core i3
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3 GB DDR5 (GPU)
  • Storage: 1 TB / 8 GB hybrid SSHD
  • Power supply: internal 450 W 80 Plus Gold
  • Dimensions: approx. 12 inches x 12.4 inches x 2.9 inches high
There are already multiple discussions going on regarding Steam Machine's prototype. Some think it's neat, some say it looks like the child of Xbox One and PS4, and some are saying it makes no difference to just connect a computer through HDMI to their large screen TVs. Regardless of these comments, I think the prototype looks very stylish, clean, and modern. I'm not entirely sold on buying it just yet, but it does seem pretty cool and it does highlight the full entertainment experience in gaming. Please share your thoughts on the upcoming Steam Machine platform with me as I'd love to hear them as well. There is no official release date yet, although you could probably expect the Steam Machine platform to launch some time in 2014. More information may be provided from Valve at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, in January, so stay tuned for that!


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