There will be a number of different Steam Machine boxes on sale in 2014, and Valve expects them to arrive mid-year. Some of those boxes will be far smaller and / or cheaper than Valve's own prototype unit. "You can get far smaller, and that's what many OEMs are doing… I think it's safe to say less than a quarter of the size," the team told me.
Of course, when they get to that size, they won't be using full-size graphics cards any more. Intel's integrated graphics are a possibility there: "We're super interested in Iris Pro." When I ask whether Intel or AMD might make special chips to bring down the price of truly powerful integrated graphics, the room goes quiet for a moment. "We don’t have an answer that we can give you before January," the team answers. (Source)This prototype, were it for sale, would cost about as much as a high-end gaming PC, Coomer says. “The video card in there is hundreds of dollars. But in 2014, there’s going to be a whole array of prices,” he says. “Most people don’t want a box that matches this description.” (Source)Some will even have Intel integrated graphics. An Intel NUC with a Core i7-4750HQ and Iris Pro 5200 graphics wouldn't be too bad. It would be able to play all of the indie games on Steam.Valve says that more information on their Steam Machine launch plans will be announced at CES 2014 in January, including which third party companies will be making the hardware boxes and their configurations, that will vary between a low end product designed mostly for streaming content from a PC to a TV to a high end hardware box. (Source)
Also seems to me that it's either mount it on your TV or don't buy it, it's not fitting in any standard TV cabinet
Well that is it's exact selling point - it is for mounting behind a TV and nothing else. Not a bad idea but as you say, most TV's chuck out a fair bit of heat! Personally I think anyone is better off with a low power machine streaming from your proper gaming PC anyway.
From what I can see of it, it IS a wall mount [in addition to being a computer]... Which would explain the size.
Also, good job with launching a product when your site is still under construction... Should have called it the Piixl "Quick lets cash in on the hype!"
SteamOS Available to Download on 13 December « OMG! Ubuntu
The Linux-based gaming platform SteamOS will be available to download on 13 December.
The announcement comes as Valve ready their Steam Machine and Steam Controller prototypes for shipping on the same day. Though only 300 people will be getting the prototype devices, Valve will be offering its Linux-based OS to everyone when the devices ship on Friday.
If you joined the pool of potential hardware testers, you’ll be notified at around 2:00pm Pacific Time in the US if you’re receiving one. For the rest of us, Valve are planning on announcing more about what to expect of the Linux-toting hardware at January’s CES.
Valve are recommending that the SteamOS download available later this week only be used by the "intrepid Linux hacker" – that means all of you! – and recommend everyone else wait until later in 2014 to give it a go once the rough edges are sanded down a bit.
Last edited by Arthur; 12th December 2013 at 12:57 AM.
Ooooh, I can feel some testing coming on!
Is VirtualBox's OpenGL 3D support going to up to the job? Surely this should be dual-booted on a rig with a reasonable GPU/CPU/RAM combination rather than run in a VM?
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