With Valve’s ‘Steam Machine’ being more of a PC standard than an actual device, it allows for manufacturers to come up with all sorts of clever variations.
One company to do that is an independent project by a group unaffiliated with Valve. Escapist Magazine reports that said company, the SteamBoy Machine Team, used the last day of E3 last week to reveal their big project and have since released further details about the machine.
The ‘SteamBoy’ is a portable gaming system and the first handheld device to run Steam OS. Potentially it could be a rival to Sony’s PSVita and Nintendo’s 3DS.
The SteamBoy boasts a modestly-powered Quad-Core CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB built-in memory and a 5-inch 16:9 touchscreen. That’s actually not up to recommended Steam Machine specs, but as the game is only playing on a five-inch screen (and thus hardly in need of 4K resolutions) it should be capable of running most PC games at decent frame rates.
A spokesperson says: “SteamBoy won’t be as powerful as other announced Steam Machines in the same way [the] Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita performance is not comparable to Wii U or PlayStation 4. However, it will be possible to play the majority of current games in Steam.”
The device itself appears to have incorporated design elements of both the PS Vita and the Steam Controller into itself. There’s two touchpads, eight action buttons, four triggers, and two additional buttons to the rear. It’s expected to launch in 2015 and will be equipped with WiFi and 3G connectivity.