First images of prototype Steam Machine revealed

Valve releases first shots of upcoming living room-focused system; multiple models tipped to be announced at CES in January.

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The first images of a prototype Steam Machine were published today in a Seattle Times report about Valve's upcoming hardware.

Image Credit: Ken Lambert, Seattle Times

None of the images are close-ups, though the Steam Machine is shown in both black and white color configurations.

In one image, Valve's new haptic Steam Controller is shown plugged in through the back of the Steam Machine.

The Seattle Times report suggests that a "variety" of Steam Machines, as well as entertainment applications for the system, will be announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. Units will then go on sale sometime in mid-2014, the report said.

Not all will have to wait until 2014 to try out Valve's own Steam Machine prototype and Steam Controller. The developer will release 300 systems and controllers to beta testers later this year.

Valve's Steam Machine prototype will feature the following system specifications:

  • 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 DDR5 (GPU)
  • Hard drive: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
  • Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
  • Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

Valve announced last week that Steam now has more than 65 million members.

Also in the Seattle Times report, various Steam Controller prototypes were shown. One model featured a trackball placed underneath, while another included a trackball on top. The final Steam Controller design, announced in late September, does not feature thumbsticks, but rather two trackpads that Valve says support a variety of games and genres, from first-person shooters to strategy games.

Discussion

793 comments
Ivan Mallia
Ivan Mallia

nope... it's called being smart. Do you actually believe they are not concerned? Valve isn't just any company.

maybock3000
maybock3000

If they can learn every mistake the gaming industry has made over the last 15-20 years, and avoid IT, then the could really have something here. Otherwise this could end up something like another 3DO--superb system for it's time, but too expensive and no third party backing...

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

well, if it does good, it will be great for gamers.


Savior4Life
Savior4Life

This thing is going to be ex---wait for it---pensive!

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

This thing is certainly better than next gen consoles, but still I don't see the need for them I would prefer to build my PC rather having it built for me. The whole living rooom thing is something that I don't understand either who wants to give up ultra high resolutions on monitors for 1080p part of being a PC Gamer is enjoying higher resolutons than any other platform for gaming. I'm not about to give that up. If I want to game on my TV I'll just continue to use a console for that, because who cares about resolutions on a console.

orbit991
orbit991

What I hope is that this is a less expensive, more convenient and upgradable platform as a alternative to the flexibility of a PC. If not I don't see much of a point to it.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Unless the games are exclusives they will still and forever be held back in design (like all multi platform games) to accommodate the lowest common denominator, the gaming console.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

This can work and I would be interested if Valve buys their chips by bulk with discounts and sell the Steam Machine at cost like consoles or make a slight profit. I would slap an OEM Windows on it immediately and keep the Steam OS on as well but I'm afraid the Steam OS won't get used as much in the beginning. Still Valve has a chance to have the cheapest most powerful PC for the price if they do this right. Alienware and other high end PC's could be in trouble.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

When will these nerds understand that nobody will buy those overpriced prebuilt PCs that comes with a half-baked operating system called Steam OS. PC gamers are too cheap buy one, console gamers are too spoiled with AAA console games to downgrade to Steam Machine. Basically zero market for this to succeed.

ziggyww
ziggyww

Not to sure about this one. lets be honest with AMD providing the CPU and GPU's for both of the main consoles pretty much all games are going to take advantage of their hardware...This is already being seen by BF4 which is now AMD when before with BF3 was shown with Nvidia. Think it will be silly to invest in such a thing as this Steambox that uses Intel and Nvidia despite it being made by the respected Valve. 

Got a few friends which have built new gaming rigs using AMD components for these reasons as games will likely taken advantage of them more so then ever before and I am planning on doing the same in Q1 of next year.

blobby-blobby
blobby-blobby

Looks like another large VCR is hitting the market.

Bet the price is over £1000. Won't even turn most heads.

blobby-blobby
blobby-blobby

Valve= "We like to go out and tell people, ‘PC’s awesome. It’s the home of innovation.’ But in the area of input that just wasn’t really true."

Alnabhan Alnbhan
Alnabhan Alnbhan

am already build my PC but this is for people who don't have a gaming PC,and for don't want to build PC (just give me box that can play high graphics with good price), and who like the way of the console. steam machines is all ready a PC nothings change. and good luck who will buy steam machines and for want to build his own steam machine (PC).

megakick
megakick

Looks like a XBOX 360. DARTH XBOX.

BuzzLiteBeer
BuzzLiteBeer

Those specs are overkill for the types of game you will be able to play on linux. The box could be a lot more affordable with components of better value. Plus, I doubt that a 450W power supply could handle all those high end components.

taglessnetwork
taglessnetwork

Looks pretty cool! I hope mines come in the mail.

Karl Bunk
Karl Bunk

A repackaged PC then. One that fits in better with the living room. We will still need a keyboard and likely a mouse for some of these games. Maybe I'll get into it more when I see them 'live', in their final version. Go Valve!

vduong942
vduong942

Kori Barnes posted 20% of the comments here....

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Looks interesting but I'm not going to get too pumped till the final verisons and price points are in infront of me. Besides who says they won't charge you to use their sevices as well since everyone else seems to be doing it nowadays..

Noy Briga
Noy Briga

Can't wait get my hands on the new controller, Steam Machine and Os are also quite interesting.

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@Savior4Life Maybe, but overall it might be a cheaper route than building your own high powered PC.  This is just a way to outsource more PC's and cripple console market.

un3gr0
un3gr0

@Mr_BillGates The biggest nonsense i've read today, PCs runs all AAA console games in better resolutions at a better price, so steam is for sure an UPGRADE. SteamOS and Steamachines are for sure the best investiment. Go and play on xbone with scaled 720p resolution.

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@ziggyww Your Example is poor.  Dice is known to put the works best with (insert name here); with which one of the two that allow them to plaster the BF name/logo all over their product.

un3gr0
un3gr0

@ziggyww there will be AMD steam machines too. Look at AMD's logo on steam front page.
AMD Steam Harware Partner. Intel has better performance than AMD, I have an AMD, but in processors Intel leads far Look at AMD FX vs Intel I7 , in graphics cards AMD do it a very little better Look at AMD R290x VS INTEL Titan 780.

dolchi21
dolchi21

@ziggyww i think standarization of hardware on steamboxes will provide better resources for developers

maybock3000
maybock3000

@blobby-blobby Or it becomes the Leviathan in the closet and destroys the competition and bitch slaps the industry into a wake up call...... WE WILL SEE....

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@dribblesbarbax I get the feeling that slot on the front could read CDs. If I'm right, you could download VLC for free and listen to CDs with it.

dolchi21
dolchi21

@BuzzLiteBeer trouble with linux? install windows. because you can. because it's a pc. you can even use it as a media center with xbmc. you can do whatever the hell you want with it. that's the best thing

numbes
numbes

@BuzzLiteBeer uh metro last light and many will follow directx is dead fuck u m$ and windows 8

deth420
deth420

@BuzzLiteBeer ...well if they are trying to bring linux into the game fold, they're prolly not gonna wanna use cheap junk to promote it.

I thought the same thing about the power supply, but they must have everything running pretty damn optimally!

dolchi21
dolchi21

@Karl Bunk Have yo tried Steam's Big Picture? Go and try to do a search on google, you'll be amazed

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@jimdove2 You....you're funny. And have no idea what you just said. GTF out of here with that silly nonsense, the event required for a paradigm shift so big that HALF of the Windows userbase jumped ship - is unimaginable.

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@jimdove2 If the Steam OS can priotitize gaming and squeeze more performance out of hardware (like consoles) then I am all over Steam OS and would dump Windows in the blink of an eye.

AM-Gamer
AM-Gamer

Lots of AAA console games will never come to the PC.

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@un3gr0Though your right with the steam thing. saying AMD does better is a ignorant comment towards the PC world.  Everyone knows its like a seesaw with GPU's, AMD will bring out the best card a few months later Nvidia will then bring out the best card, several months later AMD brings out the best card.

You clearly know little to nothing about PC hardware FYI its AMD R9 290x and its the GeForce GTX Titan made by Nvidia not Intel. The GTX 780 is a completely different card.  

Intel makes high end CPU's and low-end built in graphics(mainly your low-end  Laptops run an Intel GPU)

JediMasterJ42
JediMasterJ42

@SgTFuzzy-18 @blobby-blobby What are you 12? Your response said nothing about the product or your opinion on it, and instead said a whole lot about the type of child you are and your apparent lack of an education. 

ziggyww
ziggyww

@SgTFuzzy-18 @blobby-blobby This is why PC gamers are the seen as the worst and most anti social of all gamers...well done and by the way true games isn't someone that plays just on a PC but someone that enjoy the games they play for the story and gameplay.

No everyone is interested in putting on their anorak and talking about what settings they play it at with what FPS as if it comes above everything else. True gamers are interested in talking about the characters, the story and the secrets that are in the game.

So go away you self indulgent arse who doesn't even deserver to be classed as a gamer.