A teaser video for SteamBoy Project posted to YouTube gives us a first peek at a Portable Steam Machine.
Developed by SteamBoy Machine Team, a third party not affiliated with Valve, the video shows off brief, close-up shots of a portable device with the Steam Controllerâ€™s signature round track-pads, and Xbox 360-style A, B, X, and Y buttons. The screen is positioned between them, similar to the Wii Uâ€™s GamePad.
Hardware details about the device aren’t final, and itâ€™s not clear whether it will be able to play games independently or by using Steamâ€™s in-home streaming feature. But the SteamBoy team told The Escapist that the device should feature a Quad-Core CPU, 4GB RAM, a 32GB built-in memory card, and a 5-inch 16:9 touchscreen. It will also connect to the Internet via WiFi and 3G, and will be able to play â€œthe majority of current games in Steam.â€
â€œI think people will get shocked by SteamBoy potential and possibilities,â€ SteamBoy Machine Team said in a press release. â€SteamBoy is the first device that allows [you] to play Steam games on the go, you will keep playing your favorite games at the bus, the office, the school or the doctor’s waiting room.â€
SteamBoy Machine Team said that the device is slated for release in 2015.
At CES 2014, Valve announced 12 of the companies itâ€™s partnering with to create Steam Machines, designed to play or stream Steam games using SteamOS. At E3 2014, Alienware revealed the $550 Alienware Alpha, which is identical to its Steam Machine prototype, except it runs Windows 8.1, and uses a custom made UI instead of SteamOS.
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