[Oct 04, 2013, 3:40 pm ET] - Share - Viewing Comments
Steam Community website
has more details on plans for Steam hardware and the
prototypes they plan on shipping to testers. Here's a bit on the update from the
Steam hardware bunker:
So for our own first prototype Steam Machine (
the one we're
shipping to 300 Steam users ), we've chosen to build something special. The
prototype machine is a high-end, high-performance box, built out of
off-the-shelf PC parts. It is also fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap
out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to. Apart
from the custom enclosure, anyone can go and build exactly the same machine by
shopping for components and assembling it themselves. And we expect that at
least a few people will do just that. (We'll also share the source CAD files for
our enclosure, in case people want to replicate it as well.)
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
Here are the specifications for Valve's 300 prototypes.
The 300 prototype units will ship with the following components: 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
As a hardware platform, the Steam ecosystem will change over time, so any
upgrades will be at each user's discretion. In the future we'll talk about how
Steam will help customers understand the differences between machines, hardware
strengths and weaknesses, and upgrade decisions.
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||Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details
||Oct 5, 2013, 12:23
NKD wrote on Oct 5, 2013, 10:32:
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 5, 2013, 10:13:
fujiJuice wrote on Oct 5, 2013, 09:13:
I think many of you are forgetting this is just a prototype.
We're conducting a beta of the overall Steam living-room experience, so we needed to build prototype hardware on which to run tests.
I'm not sure how anyone can be forgetting it, but since their Linux has superior performance than a windows pc, why not a low spec'd PC to test with and impress?
Because no OS/driver combination is going to turn a low end PC into a mid-range PC performance-wise. Sending out prototypes for testing that can't run most games comfortably would be a disaster.
Well another reason then of not needing it. But they were touting how much better it was performance wise. Good thing I wasn't born last night.
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