A few days ago, Valve revealed the hardware specifications for the first Steam Machine prototype that 300 users will be receiving later this year.
- 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 GDDR5 (GPU)
- Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
- Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
- Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high
As you can see, Valve is planning to distribute different configurations of hardware to testers. There will be high-end, mid-range and low-end options for Steam Machines. Users who aren’t happy with their specific configuration will be happy to know that the device is fully upgradable, so they can change any component they don’t like.
Although some people are speculating how much these devices will cost, I think it’s hard to calculate an estimate. But one of the things that’s most surprising about the Steam Machines is their dimensions, since Valve’s prototype isn’t that different in size to current consoles (Xbox 360 Slim and PlayStation 3 Slim.)