[dropcap size=dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst, there was Steam OS, a new Linux distribution specifically adapted to run games delivered via Steam. Then, we found out about Valve Steam Machine a line of special PCs with custom design adapted by Valve to suit the needs of gamers. Because the Steam machine is already in an advanced stage of development, the copies were sent for testing to 300 lucky Steam users.
Designed to be installed in the living room instead of an Xbox 360 or a PS3 console, Steam Machine is a fully featured gaming PC. Moreover, Valve seems to have been changed the traditional ATX case with a more esthetic and compact one, as the device measures approximately 32x32x16 cm.
Depending on your budget, Steam Machine can easily accommodate a platform based on an i7-4770, i5-4570 or i3 Intel Core processor. The GPU unit may be a GeForce GTX 660, GTX 760 or GTX 780. With “only” $1000 however, we can opt in for the most advanced GPU supported, the GeForce Titan model. The RAM Memory installed on the Steam Machine is the same for all models, 16 GB DDR3-1600Mhz. There will be enough storage space as well, as the compact PC will feature SSH disks of 1TB with 8GB flash memory. The 450W 80Plus Gold certified power source completes this list.
While the official release date was not made public yet, we found out that the Steam Machine is supposed to be released in the first half of 2014. Good news for the PC gaming fans who were expecting some new alternatives to the conventional consoles that are closed platforms and almost impossible to improve and customize by the end user. Moreover, Valve promises a new type of controller that features two touch pads instead of analog joysticks, good feedback capabilities and a programmable screen.