iBuyPower unveils prototype third-party Steam Machines

While we have a vague idea of what Valve's prototype Steam Machine is going to look like, we still haven't seen any of the third-party...


While we have a vague idea of what Valve's prototype Steam Machine is going to look like, we still haven't seen any of the third-party offerings that will be available soon after the Steam Machine is out. Thanks to Engadget, however, we can check out what the third-party Steam Machine made by iBuyPower looks like. The Steam Machine is a sleek white box with a coloured LED going around it. Other than the Steam logo on top, it is apparently unadorned.

 iBuyPower unveils prototype third-party Steam Machines

It looks more like dessert than a gaming machine

 

According to Engadget, the prototype machine is running on an early build of SteamOS. There will be two models of the machines, which currently bear the tongue-in-cheek codenames Gordon and Freeman, referencing the name of the protagonist from Valve's flagship FPS series Half-Life. Sadly enough, iBuyPower hasn't revealed what's under the hood. The company has, however, stated that both of the machines will be able to run all Steam titles at 60fps at a 1080p resolution.

Back in October, Valve had revealed the hardware specifications for its own Steam Machine prototypes. On the low-end side, users can get their hands on an Intel Core i3 processor and Nvidia’s mid-range GeForce GTX 660 video card. The higher end will give users a considerable fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4770 CPU as well as a GeForce Titan GPU, currently the highest-performing single GPU in the market.

The LED is able to change colours

The LED is able to change colours

 

The middle of the range will see users getting the upper mid-range fourth-gen Core i5 CPU and Nvidia’s GTX 780 and GTX 760 GPU units. It should be noted that the GTX 780 is an upper mid-range chip while the other is a high-end one, though not quite in the same league as the Titan. And the company has managed to pack all this in a case that measures 304mm x 314 mm x 74 mm, which is almost the size of an Xbox 360 Slim, except that the Steam Machine is slightly longer and deeper.


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