Steam Machines is Valve’s initiative to bring PC gaming into the living room and it seems like the movement is picking up steam.
Custom PC creator, iBuyPower, has announced that they are working on two models of Steam Machine, codenamed Gordon and Freeman (the name of the hero fromHalf Life). With the announcement they released a picture and the specs of one of the models. The device itself looks interesting. Sure, it’s basically just another box to put on your entertainment center, but it’s a shiny white box.
The Verge reported that it will have “a multicore AMD CPU and a discrete AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card” which is a decent amount of power, especially for $500.
BuyPower claims that the specs will be able to run all current Linux Steam games at 1080p resolution at 60 fps, which is just as good as the Xbox One and PS4. We will have to wait and see just how many different games it will be able to support at that resolution, hopefully it manages to last for a long time, especially since Valve is trying to sell Steam Machines as consoles, which you don’t have to upgrade. If Steam Machines end up having to be upgraded regularly, then the allure will definitely fade pretty quickly.