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Prototype Steam Machine hardware revealed

By Scorpus ยท 20 replies
Oct 4, 2013
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  1. Last week, Valve made three announcements geared towards bringing Steam into the living room, one of which was Steam Machines: a series of gaming machines running SteamOS, produce by hardware partners in conjunction with Valve. In the Steam Universe group...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    A PCIe riser could be used without making the motherboard proprietary, which would allow for laying the card on its side.
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  3. Mavrickx888

    Mavrickx888 TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +9

    I really hope that Steam can find a way to make at least the mid-ranged build competitive with other living room devices (Trying not to name any names... *cough* Ps4, XBO *cough*). Don't know if/how they plan to do it, but I really hope it's not just something we can build ourselves for cheaper. I'm also surprised they don't have an IGP solution in the mix as well for a low-mid ranged option. Maybe that will come down the line...

    On a side note, they've also released the source CAD for the case for those savvy enough that want to make it themselves, which is pretty cool.
  4. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 846   +102

    I imagine SteamOS will be capable of being installed on a great deal of hardware. As long as it runs Steam, Valve makes money.
  5. Duskywolf50

    Duskywolf50 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I have no comment until I see the OS first.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,689   +1,090

    Don't see this taking off. Anyone who wants SteamOS will simply put in on their own home-built (and much cheaper) gaming rig.
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  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    That might be true of those who game on a PC now, but I can see a whole bunch of living room console gamers moving over to Valve's model to take advantage of their considerably larger game portfolio.

    It's easy to forget among all us enthusiasts that some consumers just aren't remotely interested in building/using a computer for gaming purposes -- this would be right up their street.
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  8. A 450w with a Titan or 780,would that even work?
  9. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +55

    I'm over building my own PCs (since GTA: San Andreas, many years ago), so I would welcome a pre-built gaming system that can play a large library of PC games. But it would have to be a lot cheaper than those prices.
  10. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Well, there goes any dream of PC finally becoming standarized for the masses.

    Here I thought Valve would take a risk and maybe take a hit to significantly reduce the price point. But these are just hand-picked PC parts assembled by someone and put into a fancy case. I don't see how exactly they plan to change the game like this.
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

  12. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Definitely, though I suspect you'll have a much broader range of games running through Steam, not to mention PC-like graphic advances over consoles and their fixed hardware profiles. For several reasons I can see this venture being highly successful. That said, I don't think you'll see a massive shift from those high-end gaming on PCs, I'm convinced they'll be coming from game consoles.
  13. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,462   +1,740

    According to nVidia, minimum recommended for a system with GTX-780 is 600w PSU (This is what it says on my GTX-780 packaging box). So I'm not sure how they plan out a system with Titan and a poultry 450w PSU...
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    I'm sure the 600W has lots of headroom for peripherals, that would not be added to the Steam Machine. It is puzzling though why they would vary the CPU and GPU, while only listing one PSU.
  15. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    The price difference between a 450W PSU and a 400W or 350W one probably doesn't warrant the change.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    The question is whether the 450W is large enough. I can understand them wanting a single PSU for all configurations, but not if it will under power the top-end equipment. However I'm sure they have done several test, and know what PSU power rating they can get by with. This chart from Tom's Hardware shows the Titan topping out just under 450W total system load power consumption. There definitely is not any headroom but with the pre-built Steam Machine, there may not be any options for added peripherals.

  17. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    The CPU used there is the Intel Core i7-3970X, which is a 150W CPU, compared to 84W for the Core i7 4770K. I imagine that the platform may be optimised at other levels too, although this is probably enough to make sure the PSU is sufficient.
  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah. Also, who needs a GTX 770 and above for gaming on Linux???
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    You must be coming from a lack in game library perspective on Linux, that would take advantage of such high-end cards. Otherwise I'm lost from the interpretation of what you are meaning.
  20. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 186   +35

    Sigh... Still wish Valve would just shut up and make Half-Life 3 already.
  21. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah that is really it. The lack of games is the issue. But also, Linux games use OpenGL while Windows games use DX. I am surprised Valve didnt go with AMD since the OpenGL performance on AMD cards is superior to that of nVidia. If this does take off though, I can see nVidia clamping down on OpenGL performance.
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