Valve had just embarked upon an ambitious project aimed at bringing its valve games to the comfort of your hands while on the move. They are introducing a portable hand-held PC with a 5 inch touchscreen called SteamBoy.
Steamboy developed by SteamBoy Machine Team, a third party not affiliated with Valve, is an independent project backed by the SteamBoy Machine team. The specs are modest: a quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM, a 32GB built-in memory card and a 5″ 16:9 touchscreen. Coupled with Steam’s streaming functionality including ability to connect to the internet via Wifi and 3G, the SteamBoy would be capable of running / playing majority of current games offered in Steam at an acceptable performance.
Take a sneak preview released
According to GAMESPOT, each Steam Machine is not bound to conform to a series of specs, dimensions, or price, and therefore the specifications between each box can vary wildly just like with a PC. The consoles come complete with Valve’s own Linux-based Steam operating system, although it’s possible to just install Windows on the things if you’re so inclined, and the 12 third-parties (so far) getting ready to show off their own Steam Machines are:
- Falcon Northwest
- Origin PC
- Scan Computers