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The Steam Machine: PS4 & Xbox One Killer?

Submitted by on January 3, 2014 – 2:19 pm5 Comments
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At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one of the big reveals will be Valve’s Steam Box. With the release of both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One, lost among console gamers is what Steam brings to the table. In essence, Steam is a PC gamers dream made in a way that console gamers could take to it without feeling like a complete dweeb.

Steam has been making its rounds with PC gamers by bringing some of the biggest titles on both Xbox and Playstation to the system. But now it won’t be restricted by having to be at a desk; it will play with the big boys of the console generation. Those that have played games on PCs are aware that they are a bit more powerful than their console counterparts. The games are also all digital so there will be no need for discs to purchase.

While the box has been revealed online, at CES, Valve plans to reveal more details regarding the system. Product designer Greg Coomer revealed some details as to what’s to come in Las Vegas.

“There really is a pretty huge variety of machines. It’s not a huge number of boxes. In January, we’re going to start to be specific about which partners there are, how many boxes there are, what kinds of specs those machines will include, and probably ballpark figures on what kind of range of prices we’ll be seeing,” Coomer said.

The Poch Times also revealed these specs.

-Games

The nearly 3,000 games available on Steam will be available, with some already compatible with SteamOS and others to be made compatible.

“The rest will work seamlessly via in-home streaming,” Valve said.

-Specs

Along with a prototype, Design News listed specs for the new machines:

-2304 Stream Processors running at 863 MHz Base / 900 MHz Boost

-3 GB GDDR5 RAM running at 6,008 MHz

-PCI Express 3.0, SLI-compatible

-Two sticks of Crucial Ballistix Sport 8 GB DDR3 (PC3 12800) RAM. At 16 GB

-Intel Core i5-4570

-An NXP LCP11U24F 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0

-Price

No prices have been listed, though some gaming websites are predicting a price of around or even over $500.

-Controller

The controller is shown in a picture released by Valve.

Steam's upcoming controller

Check out the video below and stay tuned to for more details.

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