We know that Valve is trying to make a breakthrough into the living room console space with their upcoming Steam Machine with Linux Steam OS and an innovative new controller. What you didn’t know is what kind of hardware specs the first models will be rocking – until now that is.
If Sony and Microsoft were previously not concerned with Valve breathing down their necks, they definitely will be now. Valve has released a set of specs that 300 prototype Steam Machines will be built on, and they are the most mouth-watering specs that all gamers alike should be very excited about.
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If you thought that 8GB of RAM for the PS4 and Xbox One was impressive, we can tell you that high-end versions of the Steam Machines are going to have support for a monster 16GB of RAM. That will be combined with the top of the range NVIDIA Titan GPU, an Intel i7-4770 processor and wait for it – 1TB of storage space that isn’t just a hard drive, but rather a SSHD or Solid State Hybrid Drive that combines flash memory with hard drive into one storage medium.
It sounds like the stuff of dreams and don’t forget that these are official specs from Valve – so this is a reality in the pipeline waiting to happen. To give you an idea of what other specs are coming since there will be various configurations of the Steam Box, take a look at the official spec sheet from Valve:
It also goes without saying that these kind of monster specs would instantly blow the PS4 and Xbox One out of the water without breaking a sweat. The big issue for us though is obviously price. An NVIDIA Titan graphics setup currently costs in the region of $1000 alone, so we wonder how Valve are going to price the high-end Steam Machines in comparison with the $400-500 PS4 and Xbox One respectively.
They would be smart to get the price down to the $500-600 range, but can they afford to do this with the sheer grunt of the hardware specs contained inside? Sony and Microsoft simply cannot live with these type of specs, so we would say that the ball is firmly in Valve’s court now on how they decide to play it.
As we await more details from Valve, give us your reaction to the specs listed above. Is this the sole reason why you didn’t pre-order an Xbox One or PS4 console yet?