Enter the SteamBoy, A Portable Steam Machine
The Steam Machine battle is really heating up these days, with offerings from all of the big names in the PC business. They all have their own take on what a Steam Machine should be, everything from monster performance at any cost, to something more comparable to a traditional home console, but now, “here comes a new challenger”.
Enter the SteamBoy. The next logical step in the console war is always a portable, and now the Steam party has its own junior member.
The goal is simple; make your Steam library available anywhere, anytime. But to produce such a thing seems like a massive undertaking. Even with the state of portable electronics, systems like the PS Vita, DS, and Shield can’t offer a complete PC or console experience. Especially at a reasonable price point.
Team SteamBoy has the guts to see it through it seems, with a flashy trailer showing off an unsurprising design that features the usual inputs. Included are the Steam controller’s touchpads in place of analog sticks, as well as a large touch screen and numerous face buttons.
While the exact specs are still unknown, we do know that the SteamBoy will have a quad-core CPU, 4GB or RAM, a 32GB built-in memory card, and a 5″ 16:9 touchscreen. It is expected to release in 2015, and will have support for WiFi and 3G networks.
This is definitely a device to keep an eye on. If they can pull it off, it would give PC gamers a whole new way to experience their game collection, but the hurdles are pretty high!