Valve reveals Steam Machine prototype specs

Valve has released the specifications for its prototype Steam Machines, and they range from very impressive to not-bad-at-all-for-a-free-gaming-computer. The lucky 300 Steam users selected to participate in the beta will receive a 12x12x3 inch box (that's a bit bigger than an original Xbox 360) with these bits stuffed inside, according to a post on the official Steam Universe community page:

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)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

The machine is fully customizable and upgradeable, and since it's built with off-the-counter parts you can make your own. Valve even plans to release the CAD files for its custom enclosure if you want the complete experience--the prototype's the only way to get that wacky controller, though, which Valve said it will offer a closer look at soon.

What if you're already a PC gaming acolyte and you'd rather find a convenient way to beam your high-powered gaming rig into your living room?

"The prototype we're talking about here is not meant to replace that. Many of those users would like to have a way to bridge the gap into the living room without giving up their existing hardware and without spending lots of money," the post states. "We think that's a great goal, and we're working on ways to use our in-home streaming technology to accomplish it--we'll talk more about that in the future."


  • Swedish_Chef - October 5, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Those specs kick the ever loving crap out of the PS4 and Xbox One's specs that's for sure. Downside is that'll make them expensive, I can see Valve releasing a streaming device though that streams from any of the PC's you already own to your tv to make up for this though.
  • Eightboll812 - October 6, 2013 8:58 p.m.

    Yeah the one with the Titan will be quite expensive. I know they will sell some of those, but seriously, what a waste of money.
  • winner2 - October 4, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    Seems they're not exactly doing this half assed
  • StrayGator - October 4, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    That's some respectable specs, which is not a good thing. These thing ain't gonna be cheap IMO a better idea would be to include some barebones systems suitable for streaming or lightweight/casual/retro games. Whatever tester who would receive such a system won't be as happy as the one to get an i7+Titan box, sure, but when your aim is to offer a product RANGE, you should test the whole spectrum. With these systems on "offer", this whole "beta test" feels to me more like pandering / headline seeking than an honest real life scenario test (which come to think of it, would be cheaper and more efficient to perform in-house). Bottom line: Yeah, I'd realy love to receive one of these.

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