Valve has revealed the specs of their Steam Machine prototype, which will be sent to 300 beta testers this fall. They will be testing several different performance levels, with different CPU and GPU combinations:
- 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 most notable thing about these specs is that Valve is not taking the opportunity to utilize AMD’s Mantle API, which would give Steambox low level hardware programming capability. In addition to that, if AMD’s API is similar (possibly identical) to one of the console’s APIs, it could have meant a greater chance of zero-day SteamOS console ports.
That could still happen of course, but it looks like they aren’t interested at the moment. This actually makes me a little less enthusiastic about the prospects of Steam Machines and SteamOS, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
As for the box itself, that hasn’t been revealed yet. Going by those dimensions though, it will be roughly the same size as an Xbox One, but more square.