SteamBoy Project is a Portable Steam Machine

SteamBoy Project wants to let you play Steam games on the go.

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.

Are you interested in accessing your library of Steam games with a portable device? Let us know in the comments below.

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Discussion

208 comments
Butcer2
Butcer2

smells like vaporware, valve you are delaying your steam machines until 2015 because thats your estimated time to make a controller, if it takes that long for you to design a controller you are never going to pull of a handheld

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

a portable streaming device 


how re***** is that? this is basicly a take on the Wii U 

a take on a piss poor idea

LowTechGeek
LowTechGeek

I can't wait for the SteamBoy Advance

onezerofive
onezerofive

I gave up on PC games a long time ago... I didn't have a high end PC, and therefor couldn't play high end/current games. 


I'm not interested in steam machines because it suffers the same fault: games are not built around the machine. I would rather have a static device for 5 years, and have games optimized around it's specs. We saw (in Halo 4 & TLOU) that devs continued to push more and more out of these systems, and the games continued to evolve & show high graphical definition over the life of each console cycle. So consoles are the way for me.


That said, "IF" this portable device is capable of playing PC games (as a stand alone device) for the next 5 years, I'm down. But if it requires a streaming PC, or can't handle new games a year after release, I'm passing on PC gaming forever. 

meatz666
meatz666

Play PC games on the go sounds like a neat idea...

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Really? that tiny thing is gonna have a x-86 processor and last more than 5 minutes on a battery/not explode from heat?


I'll believe it when I see it...

arqe
arqe

Steam Machine = Stupid Idea

Steamboy = Yeah that can work

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Xbox to Steambox and now Gameboy to Steamboy what a fcking cheater valve is.

tacosnackn
tacosnackn

PS VITA baby! -  in all seriousness. If they are able to pull this off and keep the prices low, then it will definitely be interesting to see what it could do with the other handhelds on the market.  Perhaps maybe then sony would stop being so complacent with the Vita.  Competition is a good thing. 

smirvane
smirvane

If I can play Fallout in this device......JUST TAKE MY MONEY.

opellium_52
opellium_52

Steam machine is a bad idea. but this is brilliant, i have to admit and i doubt whether the price will be affordable

grbolivar
grbolivar

Still a better love story than nVidia Shield.

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Better than that Steam Machine, for sure.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Lol sounds its going to be as powerful as a ps4 or a modern labtop... way to go steam. Out classing the vita and DS by far

Exeplosion
Exeplosion

Vita still looks more efficient .  Go for vita.

sdinh225
sdinh225

Welp, maybe it'll take on Vita's concepts better but as it is it's a too early to judge right now.

jazzman49
jazzman49

I'm a bit a confused here. I know the steam box is open source, but I'm pretty sure the controller is proprietary, isn't it? So how can a company not affiliated with steam use the controller's design and technology for its own device? Any insights?

Setzera
Setzera

My problem is, aside from not needing it to be portable, is that 32GB will barely fit my Total War: Shogun 2 game on it.  Besides, I only play that at home due to battles that can last up to an hour.

wizardjenkins
wizardjenkins

Well at least it sounds a bit better than the forgettable Nvidia Shield

flashn00b
flashn00b

Tempting, though I am curious if Windows can be installed onto this particular Steam Machine.

acemono
acemono

They need to learn to start putting TB not GB in these system if they want me to even buy one.

metallinatus
metallinatus

Holy sweet mother of Arceus!!!

These 43 godamn seconds made me more excited than the whole E3 combined!!!!!

PJonas
PJonas

Why do I feel there is a Nintendo law suit in there somewhere... for those of you old enough to remember... GameBoy...

Noved23
Noved23

I was excited about it but after reading all of these comments I don't know now. I'll hold final judgement for when there is more information out about it of course.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Steam "Box"?...

Steam "Boy"? What's next?

Steam Station??

Sounds like Valve is trying to do anything but PC stuff. Says a lot about where PC gaming is headed. If you listen really hard you can hear a toilet flush...

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Sounds like the PSP/Vita I always wanted... Witcher games on the go, yes please!

sabas10
sabas10

Am I the only one thinking that the joysticks (or in this case, touchpads) should be under the buttons instead of above them? It's what makes the portable PlayStations work really well, seems kinda awkward to do it like the Steamboy.

darkteddi
darkteddi

It's gonna out sell the Vita.

Gamer3344
Gamer3344

It's not made by Valve guys. don't think it's worth looking forward to

paperwarior
paperwarior

I can't imagine it having much better specs than a Vita... And besides, isn't the Vita already heavily focused on running Steam games?

Estk921
Estk921

How is that cheating? Also, it's not even valve, it's third parties. Your claim is meaningless

sdinh225
sdinh225

@Exeplosion Efficient or not it's really up to what kind of games you're looking for out of the two. I barely play steam games on my PC but if Steamboy's memory capacity is upgrade-able and turns out decent for MMOs I'd consider getting one. Wouldn't put that over my Vita though because steam barely has any JRPGs that I haven't tried yet.

engoni
engoni

@Setzera Will probably support micro SD or something.
I think it looks really cool.

If only we could get Android smartphone in it aswell.

sanchango
sanchango

@PJonas Has nintendo ever sued for something so small(I really don't know)

They'll start suing once someone makes a Steamboy Advance/DS

Estk921
Estk921

Not valve, cmon. Also, no, it's not trying to make pc gaming console gaming. The reason for some steam machines is you can more easily put it in front of a TV. It's just reaching other demographics, it's not stopping you from sitting at your monitor/s. Also, since when is valve the entire pc industry? You're thick.

metallinatus
metallinatus

@Gravity_Slave Also, there is no such a thing as Steam "Box".... the official and only name that Valve uses is Steam Machine.

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

@Gamer3344 Have you seen the ugly controller Valve has made for the SteamBoxes? Yeah, i don't think i trust them with hardware anymore. They should stick to softwares until they can hire better designers.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Lol semantics. Point is, The PC industry is trying to emulate and focus on consoles and handhelds, not PC gaming. The irony is thick...