Valve has yet to select the users who will be receiving its Steam Machine prototypes later this year, but the Half Life creator announced Friday the highly anticipated hardware specs for the living room PC box. The initial verdict is that the prototype will be monstrously powerful, with hardware innards on par with those of a custom gaming PC setup that would go for well over $1,000, yet in a slim form factor.
"Valve didn't set out to create our own prototype hardware just for the sake of going it alone - we wanted to accomplish some specific design goals that in the past others weren't yet tackling," said Valve's Greg Coomer on the company's Steam Community forum. "One of them was to combine high-end power with a living-room-friendly form factor. Another was to help us test living-room scenarios on a box that's as open as possible." … Read more