The time has finally come.
At the start of this weekend, Valve shipped out 300 units of its much anticipated gaming console — Steam Machine (beta version) — to developers to give them a taste of the hottest beta of the year.
Luckily for us, those 300 developers have been busy: testing, unboxing, tearing down, and of course, playing. Even luckier for us those 300 developers have filmed their antics as reported by BGR, and we’ve compiled a collection of videos showcasing the Steam Machine (beta) in all its glory.
So let’s see what we’ve got.
The box, which was wooden for some mysterious reason, contained the following:
- The test console itself
- 1x Steam Controller
- an USB Steam OS recovery flash drive
- Removable Wi-Fi antenna module
- Cables and instruction manual
- Intel i5-4570 3.2 ghz (4 cores)
- 15.6GB of RAM
- GeForce GTX 780 GPU with 3GB video memory
- ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard (probable)
- SilverStone ST 455F PSU
Valve, which is most well known for creating the hit gaming franchise Half-Life and its dominant PC-gaming platform Steam, marks its first foray into console territory with Steam Machine.
Reddit user colbehr answered some questions on the post, and noted that the controller felt a ‘little buggy,’ as well as ‘a bit lighter than expected’ but he also notes the potential of the controller, especially given this is not a commercial release.