Valve’s long-awaited Steam Machine looks like it will be quite powerful, according to specifications for the prototype units, released today. The developer-turned-retailer will send 300 prototypes of its Steam Machine to lucky beta testers later this year, with plans for a public launch in 2014. Powered by the new Linux-based SteamOS, the prototypes will have the following specifications:
GPU: NVIDIA GTX Titan, GTX 780, GTX 760, or GTX 660
CPU: Intel Core i7 4770, i5 4570, and “some with i3”
RAM: 16 GB DDR3–1600, along with 3 GB of DDR5 for the GPU
Storage: 1 TB HDD with an 8 GB SSD for a hybrid logical volume
Power Supply: 450W 80 Plus Gold
Dimensions (inches): 12 x 12.4 x 2.9
Valve’s Greg Coomer:
And to be clear, this design is not meant to serve the needs of all of the tens of millions of Steam users. It may, however, be the kind of machine that a significant percentage of Steam users would actually want to purchase – those who want plenty of performance in a high-end living room package. Many others would opt for machines that have been more carefully designed to cost less, or to be tiny, or super quiet, and there will be Steam Machines that fit those descriptions.
Those interested in joining the Steam Machine beta program can enroll using their Steam account before October 25th. The beta is free, but limited to only 300 participants. The Steam Machine, SteamOS, and new Steam Controller are all expected to land in 2014.