Steam Hardware Prototype Details

The 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 descriptions.

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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Oct 4, 2013, 15:49
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GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660

Nice!

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Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details
Oct 4, 2013, 15:53
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Oct 4, 2013, 15:53
 
So reading this it comes across more of as a 'yet another gaming pc' move than it does an actual console. If it worked with 360/PS3 gamepads out of the box that would be a bonus. I'm okay with small steps though and this is good. They won't offer Windows as a pre-loaded OS? IMO they need to.

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Oct 4, 2013, 16:12
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Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details
Oct 4, 2013, 16:32
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Who exactly is the target demographic for this? No way it'll be priced within the console range.

The Alienware crowd maybe?
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Oct 4, 2013, 16:45
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a Titan and or GTX 780 works with that 450W power supply??
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{PH}88fingers wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:45:
a Titan and or GTX 780 works with that 450W power supply??

So long as your power supply is highly efficient and you have a rather lean motherboard chipset, I'd say it's possible. Titan and the 780 can only peak at 300W as per the ATX and PCIe specs, which means you've still got 150W left for everything else even if the GPU is pegged. Figure 25W for the motherboard logic, 60W for the CPU, 10W for optical and hard drives (as you're unlikely to be maxing both out simultaneously), and 5W for RAM, and you're left with 50W for cooling and system overhead. It's cutting it close, and you have no room for overclocking, but if everything's within specs you can do it.
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Oct 4, 2013, 16:50
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MDB wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:32:
Who exactly is the target demographic for this? No way it'll be priced within the console range.

The Alienware crowd maybe?

If Valve wanted to go into mass-production they could do a way better price point than Alienware. Alienware doesn't even try to do volume at a lower price point. That's not their bag, baby.

Still, I have zero interest in this.
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Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details
Oct 4, 2013, 16:58
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12 x 12.4 x 2.9 inches? That's gotta be a typo, lol. Ain't no Titan gonna fit in there!

Anyhow, they never promised a console... At best, they're just trying to make buying into PC gaming easier to understand. I.e. if you have any clue what those parts are and what they mean, you aren't the target audience. I could see them putting a simple rating system on the front of the box, like 1-5 or A-F, which will correspond to a group of games on Steam that it will run well on it. Yes, that would mean putting a big fat rating symbol on every store product page.
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Oct 4, 2013, 16:59
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nin wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 15:49:
GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660

Nice!


I could see a 780, but a Titan? Really?

Maybe I'm off base, but I wonder what % of machines that boutique builders ship have Titans installed.
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MDB wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:32:
Who exactly is the target demographic for this? No way it'll be priced within the console range.

The Alienware crowd maybe?

No way, it's the NEO-GEO demo. (of this age)
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Oct 4, 2013, 17:25
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Oct 4, 2013, 17:25
 
There was never a console in the works. A "Steambox" can be any x86 PC built from any assortment of components right off the shelf. "SteamOS" is Ubuntu 12.03+ with some kind of Valve-themed UI. The Linux game software supported is the very same Linux game software supported presently by Steam. Hardware for SteamOS will be limited to whatever Ubuntu 12.03+ hardware drivers Valve can dig up.

Bottom line: business as usual for Valve. The rest of it is PR window dressing. There really is nothing to see here.

If someone is determined to run SteamOS at all, best scenario is as a Windows box with dual-boot capability to boot SteamOS when desired. At the moment Valve has provided no clarity as to why someone would run SteamOS rather than Windows, probably because there is really no case Gabe can make for doing that...;)

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Oct 4, 2013, 17:41
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Oct 4, 2013, 17:41
 
Right now Valve is putting significant resources in SDL, Pulse Audio, and have lit a fire under nvidia and AMD's collective asses.

You may not have a reason to switch today, but I don't think Valve is doing this as a short-term strategy.
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Oct 4, 2013, 17:47
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MDB wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:32:
Who exactly is the target demographic for this? No way it'll be priced within the console range.

The Alienware crowd maybe?

I wouldn't be so sure about that. My guess is they'll have a target price out the gate based on projected volumes (high), which will be very attractive in comparison to comparable PCs on the market and/or a hobby-build, in addition to next gen Consoles. I'm sure they've done plenty of their homework to achieve this.

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Oct 4, 2013, 18:36
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MDB wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:32:
Who exactly is the target demographic for this? No way it'll be priced within the console range.

The Alienware crowd maybe?

Don't look at me, I have Alienwares that already play well with STEAM. Why would I buy a STEAM OS PC that can't run my other programs as well?

The controller? Maybe. Looks cool.
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jacobvandy wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:58:
Anyhow, they never promised a console... At best, they're just trying to make buying into PC gaming easier to understand.

10 years too late, it's pretty simple other than you need a fair GPU and not the Intel 4000.
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They are going to lose so much money...
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I think there's more here than initially perceived. I can't imagine Valve making such a big deal out of something that many gamers are currently calling redundant.

At least I hope that Steambox/OS are more useful to PC gaming enthusiasts than their portrayal right now.
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Oct 4, 2013, 20:10
 
Why all the negative comments. If you are happy whith what you have, then why complain? I would love to have a really small but powerfull like Piston under my TV with a Valve gamepad. +1 for Valve. I really love all efforts they make for PC gaming.
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Oct 4, 2013, 20:20
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HorrorScope wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 19:05:
jacobvandy wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:58:
Anyhow, they never promised a console... At best, they're just trying to make buying into PC gaming easier to understand.

10 years too late, it's pretty simple other than you need a fair GPU and not the Intel 4000.

Read the notice, decent nvidia gpus. If you can't read you need to return to school.

Personally I like the specs, I was thinking of making a similar machine for the TV. Go Steam
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Oct 4, 2013, 20:28
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Ozmodan wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 20:20:
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 19:05:
jacobvandy wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:58:
Anyhow, they never promised a console... At best, they're just trying to make buying into PC gaming easier to understand.

10 years too late, it's pretty simple other than you need a fair GPU and not the Intel 4000.

Read the notice, decent nvidia gpus. If you can't read you need to return to school.

Personally I like the specs, I was thinking of making a similar machine for the TV. Go Steam

Not sure what you mean. My point is gaming on the PC has been easy since Win 7 came in ultra stable, not being attacked left and right.

As for someone above. I'm all for a Piston box to, lets see what kind of power one of those things can really have.
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