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Steam Machine specs may have KO’ed Xbox One, PS4

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.

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:

Can Valve take Sony and Microsoft out of the game with their Steam Machines?
Can Valve take Sony and Microsoft out of the game with their Steam Machines?

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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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medammit

bullpoot

Daniel Howell
Daniel Howell

Wow. That is the gaming rig I built for my son for christmas. I used an ssd to cache for the hard drive. I had to put both windows 7 and 8 on because of compatibilty issues with 8. Guess that is a lot of machine for a 13 year old. But you ought to see some of the stuff he does with a computer. He pushes my first gen i7 build to its limits. He has started to dive into making his own pc games. Dont know where he got his intelligence from. Probably his mom. Nice to see… Read more »

kygamer
kygamer

This has been the reason that I have not pre-ordered an Xbox One/PS4. I already have an extensive library of Steam games on my FX laptop and it would be nice to move those onto the big screen. With all of the DRM, monthly subscriptions, and a list of other issues, I am ready to move beyond what everybody else has. When I fire up my laptop and do some gaming, I am always in awe of how much better the graphics look compared with the same games on my consoles. They are far superior! It will come down to… Read more »

Tim John Silveira
Tim John Silveira

The problem is the very fact that they intend to release different tiers of hardware. Having worked in electronic retail for many years, I can see this creating confusion for the non-gaming parents out there. Even avid gamers, such as myself, will have to decide just how much are we willing to invest? The biggest advantage the console market has had in the past has never been the power of the machines, but in the standardization of the hardware within the brand. As a consumer, you walk in and you buy your machine with no fear of incompatibility, the hardware… Read more »

Colin
Colin

This is the future of the living room console. Sony and M$ can go shove all their restrictions where the sun dont shine!! I’ve always been a pc gamer, but with the recent gta5 release, I couldn’t resist and got myself an xbox. Then I experience a few problems getting the game installed on my 4gb xbox, but sort it out by using my 3tb ext hdd. (Which M$ so nicely restrict it to 32gb…) To my SHOCK and HORROR, I find out I have to PAY M$ for a gold membership just to play gta online?!?! Wtf… Can’t believe… Read more »

Darius9k
Darius9k

Lol cost will be more than twice of ps4 for that spec. Just marketing hype.

Shady Tools
Shady Tools

Even when/if it comes out, there won’t be any games for it will there?

Bonzo McDonald
Bonzo McDonald

£2, 000 ?

iPod touch 6G needed for parents

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