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Steam Hardware Plans?

A post on The Verge follows up on recent comments by Valve's Gabe Newell about the possibility of Steam hardware by saying this is exactly what Valve is working on, and a reveal may come as early as next week at San Francisco's Game Developer's Conference (thanks Kotaku).

The article cites unnamed "sources" who say Valve is working with various hardware vendors on a "Steam Box," which sounds more exotic than "Windows PC," which is what this seems like, as word is: "Apparently meetings were held during CES to demo a hand-built version of the device to potential partners. We're told that the basic specs of the Steam Box include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. The devices will be able to run any standard PC titles, and will also allow for rival gaming services (like EA's Origin) to be loaded up." They note a couple of possibilities that may make this more distinctive than a hardware specification, speculating it may include a proprietary controller, a biometric feedback device, and could take better advantage of Steam's "big picture mode."

This all still speculation at this point, as Valve has not responded to their request for comment.

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33. Re: Steam Hardware Plans? Mar 3, 2012, 15:47 Dev
 
Overon wrote on Mar 3, 2012, 14:41:
8 GB of RAM? Is the entire game supposed to fit into RAM?
Ram is super cheap. $35 for 8gb ram. Doing an i7 box (IMHO they'd be better off going with i5, but whatever) they'd be stupid not to invest the tiny bit more for a lot of ram so the system can last a long time. One of the things holds back games on xbox 360 is the super limited amount of RAM that's in it, 512 meg ram thats shared between system and graphics. When trying to hit 720p and 1080p, that takes up a lot of graphics memory, and there's not much there at all. Imagine buying a 128 meg graphics card today, its silly.
zirik wrote on Mar 3, 2012, 15:42:
Hump wrote on Mar 3, 2012, 15:40:
I'm guessing if this IS going to happen that Valve will premiere Hal Life 3 to make the presentation more memorable.

thats the scary part. they might make HL3 exclusive to the steam box.
You are confusing valve with MS/EA/actiblizz/sony.
 
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