SMACH ZERO-Valve has have 3rd party hardware developers making machines specifically built for Steam OS. Heck, you can make your own out of your PC. But this “steam machine” is out of the ordinary, as it is a portable console.
The people over at Smach have been working on the SMACH ZERO. It’s a portable console running Steam OS and will have “over 1,000 games” available at launch. Speaking of launch, this console will be ready for pre-order November 10, which is the same day as the first Steam Machines release. It won’t be available until fall of 2016.
Specs are always the downside from moving to portable, as the size can’t fit high-end GPUs and CPUs. But, it is interesting how small we can go and still have a powerful machine. Let’s see how the specs are for the SMACH ZERO.
This console is going to have an x86 AMD G-series SoC with a Jaguar-based CPU that’s predicted to be clocked at 1GHz, with an integrated GCN-based Radeon GPU that’s said to be clocked at 200-300MHz. It’s going to have 32 GB of storage that can be expanded via an SD card. 4 GB of RAM, a 720p HD touch screen, HDMI output, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity. With the Pro version, it’ll have 4G network connectivity. The price is set to $299.
What does all of this gibberish mean? Well, you won’t be playing high graphic-fidelity games, but you will be able to play games like Half-Life 2, Portal 2, etc. It’s hard to say if this will be a good or bad deal. The idea of a portable Steam Machine is an interesting one, to say the least. We will just have to see how it does sales and performance wise to see if it is worth your $299.
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