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*Updated* Valve Finally Gives Us Pictures of Steam Machine Prototype

We finally have pictures of the prototype for the Steam Machine! WOOT!

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*UPDATE* Valve has just released new pictures on its official Steam Community Page. Here are some of the pics! Click here to view

A lot of us here at GameSkinny were excited to hear about the new Steam Machine, and SteamOS, when Valve announced the new products a few months ago. We then headed to the official Steam Community page to make sure we had satisfied the requirements to be among the eligible participants, for our chance to be one of the 300 people who will receive a prototype Steam Machine later this year. Our excitement since then has been high, but there has always been something missing…

We wanted pictures of the prototype!

 Up until this point, we didn’t even know what the Steam Machine prototype would look like if we were lucky enough to get one. Fear not, fellow hopefuls, for pictures have finally arrived! In a recent profile article in the Seattle Times, Valve devs showed off their shiny new PC that they hope will take over the spot in the living room that consoles currently occupy. Valve designer Greg Coomer says,

“We are going to build the entertainment PC for the living room and build something that lives under the TV.”

Hannes Seifert, the head of IO Interactive agrees, and thinks that Valve may be able to pull it off,

“Bringing traditional PC gaming to the couch shows incredible ambition, but if anyone can pull off something like this, it’s probably Valve.”

Here are the pictures in all of their awesome glory!

The new machines are expected to be shipped to the chosen (lucky) beta participants within the next two months, with retail versions being released in 2014.

Are the Steam Machines something you are interested in? Comment below!

Originally Published Nov. 4th 2013

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Comments
  • 36
    Ryan Kerns 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    wow... looks an awful lot like a cable box... but I guess that's so it fits in the living room setting. I'll be interested to hear what all these "BIG AAA titles" for Steam OS are... and if the wait for Half-Life 3 continues.
  • 55
    Rothalack 9 months ago
    Staff Editor
    I don't know if the wait will continue haha. There is no way Valve isn't thinking about releasing Half Life 3 as a Steam Box exclusive to start off the new console. They have every right to do that too haha. Not only that, you know tons of people will buy it.
  • 36
    Ryan Kerns 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    It's certainly a system seller... or at least a big incentive to install Steam OS on your PC to run the game... after all Half-Life 2 was how most of us got the original Steam. It'll be interesting to see how they approach this, they're going to be showing off more at CES in January.
  • 36
    Ryan Kerns 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    oops... Valve actually confirmed with IGN that SteamOS will NOT have exclusive games- http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/04/valve-will-not-make-exclusive-games-for-steamos

    lots of Steam news today!
  • 55
    Rothalack 9 months ago
    Staff Editor
    Oh wow! I shouldn't have underestimated Valve in how awesome a company they are.

    They are one of the few companies left that stand for open source. I like to say that Google and Valve and a few other companies are the last of the free world :P.
  • 52
    Mary Yeager 9 months ago
    Senior Intern
    What about specs? Have they released those yet? I know its supposed to be a Linux based OS but that's all I have heard.
  • 49
    Corey Kirk aka xTHEFIZZx 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    the specs vary by the manufacturer of each specific Steam Machine. The ones shipped to customers will have a variety of specs so it's hard to say exactly what the specs will be for the 300 beta recipients.
  • 36
    Ryan Kerns 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    Engadget got their hands on Valve's prototype and say it's running on an Intel I7 processor and a high-end Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU- http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/04/valve-steam-machine-hands-on/

    News isn't so good for Steam OS from their impressions as well... no media player, no streaming video like Netflix, Hulu, etc.
  • 27
    Ryan Chizmar 9 months ago
    Featured Correspondent
    They're going to be releasing the third-party Steam Machines at CES 2014, which is usually the first week of January. So, I'm guessing we'll get more info about specs then since there are going to be different tiers of machines.

    http://www.polygon.com/2013/11/4/5064866/valve-steam-machine-prototype-looks-like-a-console