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Post by Dan @ 10:44am 05/11/13 | 5 Comments
Valve Software's ambitious Steam Machine lounge room-targetted PCs are expected to built from commercially available parts in a custom chasis, and although Valve still hasn't officially revealed that design itself, a newspaper article at the The Seattle Times today offer the first glimpse (thanks VG247).

The images credited to Seattle Times photographer Ken Lambert show two Steam Machine prototypes, one black, and one white --both seemingly about the same size of the forthcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles-- as well as a number of other controller prototypes with trackballs that Valve was experimenting with before revealing the intriguing touchpad design.

The article itself doesn't have much in the way of new information, but it does note that Valve has actually manufactured and assembled the current prototypes itself, locally in Seattle, and confirms that Steam Machine owners will be free to install Windows on the hardware if they so wished.
There are also laser-cutting machines and other tools for designing, building and testing prototypes. The landlord said no to a full-blown factory, so the game controllers that Valve is providing to 300 testers this fall are being produced by employees at a shop in Overlake.

If the platform takes off, Valve eventually will contract for large-scale manufacturing of controllers.

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“We think the PC OEM space ought to have been doing this for quite some time,” Valve designer Greg Coomer said.

“Really, every year you could watch one PC OEM or another say, ‘We are going to build the entertainment PC for the living room’ and build something that lives under the TV,” Coomer continued. “They would often do pretty well at cooling or industrial design, but that was only a fraction of the problems they need to solve for customers to have a good entertainment experience in the living room.”

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Users who poke around the SteamOS can still get to Linux, though. They can also load Windows and productivity software onto a Steam Machine and use it for work as well as play.
300 Steam Machines are expected to be shipped to Steam beta testers before the end of 2013, ahead of a planned commercial release in 2014 should all go well.




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ravn0s
Posted 03:27pm 05/11/13


qmass
Posted 03:56pm 05/11/13
Video cards have gotten so damn big... thats half the console just to house the video card? (maybe a HDD below it?)
deadlyf
Posted 04:15pm 05/11/13
Looks like an aperture for an appliance plug below the GFX card, I would expect the PSU to be external though and that is a legacy part of the case design.

I wonder if we are going to see design changes in the way computer components are typically built to be of more practical use for these Steam Machines. It'd be pretty awesome if PC enthusiasts can still get the components ourselves and assemble on our own without having to rely on pre-built systems for a full powered compact unit.
Hastarin
Posted 08:23pm 05/11/13
The Alienware X51 already has promo shots with Big Picture mode and have models that ship with Ubuntu 64 bit in the US.

http://www.dell.com/au/p/alienware-x51-r2/fs

I have no doubt they'll be pushed as Steam OS boxes too.
trillion
Posted 09:32pm 05/11/13
sweet it's got dual Tuna's
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