Valve Reveals Steam Machine Beta Specs

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

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The hyped Steam Machine that everyone has been waiting years for is getting closer to a reality. A couple of weeks ago, Valve showed off SteamOS, an operating system to be used for Steam. Soon after, they revealed the Steam controller, a unique device that uses trackpads instead of analog sticks or directional pads, as well as a touchpad in the middle.

On Friday, Valve revealed the specs of the beta kits they’ll be sending out to Steam users. For the record, Valve will have a number of Steam Machines, each with a range of specs that will vary substantially from Valve’s own prototype. But the purpose will still be the same: creating a high-end gaming machine.

Here are the specs for the Steam Machines to be used during the first test:

  • GPU—Beta testers will receive one of the following:
    • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan
    • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
    • Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
    • Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
  • CPU—Beta testers will receive one of the following:
    • Intel Core i7-4770
    • Intel Core i5-4570
    • Intel Core i3
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (system), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
  • Storage: 1TB/8GB SSHD (solid-state hybrid drive)
  • Power Supply: Internal 450W 80Plus Gold
  • Dimensions: Approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 (inches)

Valve is looking for 300 people to participate in the beta test. If you’re interested, click here to check your eligibility. You have until October 25 to become eligible for the beta test.

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  • RagunaXL

    OH WOW! good looking out! steam machine is on my radar. I’m gonna give this a shot!

  • madmofo145

    I personally have my doubts about the steam machine. Those specs are nice, but also very intimidating. Only one of those graphics cards can be had for under 200, and most are really enthusiast cards, things I’d never be able to purchase (at least not for a couple years). The CPU’s are a bit more realistic, but I’d say the i3 is too underpowered to be matched with any of the GPU’s available. Watchdogs claims to have an i7 3770 as a recommended spec, and while I’d bet i5s would be fine, maybe not so much an i3. The ram seems somewhat excessive, especially if paired with an i3 if they can get it cheap that’s fine. The PSU seems way under powered, a quick run down of their theoretical top speced system with a CD Drive and a couple usb peripherals comes up with a recommended wattage is 579, 450 seems like an odd choice to pair with a GTX 690.

    Overall though I think the specs just tell me that this is going to be a hard to place box. Hardcore PC gamers would be unlikely to purchase such a small box with that power supply. It may run, but leaves little potential for upgrade. More casual gamers are unlikely to spend the money for one of those rigs, especially since it won’t work as a PC replacement given the proprietary Linux based OS.