Valve has just announced some concrete details about their custom-made Steam Boxprototype. The company has built a completely custom enclosure that will house a “high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts.”
Inside the 300 prototypes will be a variety of graphics cards—including the Titan, GTX780, GTX760, and GTX660—and processors—the i7-4770, i5-4570, and some i3s. All of the machines will ship with 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM and 3GB DDR5 on the graphics cards with a 1TB/8GB hybrid SSHD. The power supply will be a 450-watt unit rated 80Plus Gold. The full machine measures only 12x12.4x2.9 inches and will be running SteamOS.
The post by Designer Greg Coomer, also shed some light on details that were missing from the initial Steam Machine announcement. He was quick to establish that these prototypes may not be representative of the Steam Machines available for sale in 2014 which “will be made by a variety of companies.” Coomer says that Valve’s biggest goals with the prototypes were to “combine high-end power with a living-room-friendly form factor,” and to “test living-room scenarios on a box that’s as open as possible.”
Hardcore PC enthusiasts don’t have to worry. The post specifically mentions that “Steam customers who already have perfectly great gaming hardware at home in the form of a powerful PC,” aren’t the target audience. Coomer goes on to say that Valve is “working on ways to use our in-home streaming technology” in an attempt to “bridge the gap into the living room… without spending lots of money.”