Portable Steam Machine "Smach Zero" will ship in 2016 upon $299 price-tag

Smach announced during Gamescom that the new portable Steam Machine will be called the Smach Zero and pre-purchase for $299.

It's been announced that the portable Steam machine device formally known as the Steamboy will be available for pre-purchase on November 10th, but the shipping will be post-dated until the fourth quarter of 2016. Smach announced that the new project name is the Smach Zero.

The pre-purchase date may already be marked on your calendar because yes, it is the same day that the other Steam Machine products manufactured by Alienware and Cyberpower hit the stores. It is truly an important day for Valve.

Details from Smach, producers of Smach Zero

The company that will be producing the Smach Zero is known as Smach, has given out a few details on the arrival of the "Steamboy". But during Gamescom this past weekend they announced that the price will be $299 and €299 in Europe.

That price tag is only for the pre-purchase amount and it is unknown if the price will fluctuate upon the public release date. Smach announced that there will be over 1,000 games that will play on the Smach Zero upon its release in 2016.

Hardware and Functionality

Some of the hardware that is known to be put on the Smach Zero includes:

  • Two touch pads
  • Control stick
  • Seven buttons on the front
  • Six buttons on the back
  • AMD embedded G-Series SoC "Steppe Eagle" with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics
  • 4 GB memory
  • 32 GB internal memory
  • SD card slot
  • 5-inch Touch Screen - 720p Resolution
  • Tacticle configurable gamepads
  • HDMI video output connection
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth

With all of the above coming with the basic model, a PRO model will be available with the option of 4G mobile network connectivity. As a handheld gamer I'm very impressed with the idea of a portable Steam machine, and will be following it personally for when it releases in 2016. It'll be very interesting on the games that will be playable on it, and hopefully some high-end games such as the Sims 3 and the Assassin's Creed series will be available. 

What do you think of this portable Steam machine? Will it be on your wishlist? 

Published Aug. 11th 2015
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  • Toxic Cyanide
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    It looks promising, I'm excited. The only issue will be the battery and the UI. I hope the UI dont have bloated system. I thought it was compute stick.

    For me, with enough support from developers and Valve itself, it can death-punch PS Vita and go toe-to-toe with Nintendo.

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