Heaps of exciting new details.
By Tim Colwill on November 5, 2013 at 11:54 am
Select sites (not us unfortunately, but we are small fry!) appear to have been released from their embargo on the Steam Box, as various hands-on impressions have begun to appear across the web.
Since we have a policy of linking you to good content rather than stealing it, here’s some of the ones that you should check out!
Engadget’s preview notes that “as far as speed and usability goes, the Valve Steam Machine prototype we tried is literally a gaming PC with an Intel i7 and a high-end NVIDIA GPU” and that “there’s no file browsing system or image viewing application. While these limitations may not affect the vast majority of Steam Machine buyers (who are essentially buying a game console), it certainly impacts folks who are looking at Steam Machines as a replacement for their standard PC. Make no mistake: Steam Machines are PCs posing as game consoles, which comes with both positives and negatives.”
This preview from The Verge explains the inner workings of the beast, saying “Valve designed the case so the parts can breathe individually. The CPU blows air out the top, the power supply out the side, and the graphics card exhaust out back, and none share any airspace within the case.”
“That might sound like common sense, but it’s remarkably hard to find a case that does so while still making it easy to drop components in. Here, the key component responsible for dividing those three zones is a simple plastic shroud which unscrews in a jiffy. The box we touched was already surprisingly cool and quiet, but Valve’s still tweaking the design: we saw Valve printing a couple of the shrouds as we walked through its rapid prototyping lab.”
You may also like to read IGN’s piece on the Steam Controller, which details Valve’s experiments with various input devices, and also has some neat photos of their prototypes. There’s another one from the Seattle Times which doesn’t give too much detailed information, but has a lot of interesting quotes from Valve’s developers.
What do you all think?