A teaser video for SteamBoy Project posted to YouTube gives us a first peek at a Portable Steam Machine.
Developed by SteamBoy Machine Team, a third party not affiliated with Valve, the video shows off brief, close-up shots of a portable device with the Steam Controller’s signature round track-pads, and Xbox 360-style A, B, X, and Y buttons. The screen is positioned between them, similar to the Wii U’s GamePad.
Hardware details about the device aren't final, and it’s not clear whether it will be able to play games independently or by using Steam’s in-home streaming feature. But the SteamBoy team told The Escapist that the device should feature a Quad-Core CPU, 4GB RAM, a 32GB built-in memory card, and a 5-inch 16:9 touchscreen. It will also connect to the Internet via WiFi and 3G, and will be able to play “the majority of current games in Steam.”
“I think people will get shocked by SteamBoy potential and possibilities,” SteamBoy Machine Team said in a press release. ”SteamBoy is the first device that allows [you] to play Steam games on the go, you will keep playing your favorite games at the bus, the office, the school or the doctor's waiting room.”
SteamBoy Machine Team said that the device is slated for release in 2015.
At CES 2014, Valve announced 12 of the companies it’s partnering with to create Steam Machines, designed to play or stream Steam games using SteamOS. At E3 2014, Alienware revealed the $550 Alienware Alpha, which is identical to its Steam Machine prototype, except it runs Windows 8.1, and uses a custom made UI instead of SteamOS.
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|Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.|
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