On Friday, Valve shipped out 300 beta Steam Machines to the lucky few gamers who had been selected to test them. It didn’t take long for one of those 300 to start posting images of what he received.
As the gallery below shows, the Steam Machine turned up in a heavy duty wooden crate complete with carry handle. Inside, and encased in foam, was the Steam Machine, controller, required cables and a couple of documents. There’s also a Steam OS Recovery USB stick, which must act as a quick way to factory reset the machine if things go wrong.
A Steam Machine is basically a mini x86 PC that runs Debian Linux, the Gnome 3 desktop environment, and Steam OS on top of that. While by no means ugly, you can tell from the casing this is just a generic housing for a Mini-itx PC. But Valve has actually been very clever with the casing.
As for what’s inside, according to the person posting the images the spec is as follows:
- 3.2GHz quad-core Core i5-4570
- 16GB RAM
- Zotac GeForce GTX 780 graphics card with 3GB RAM
- ASRock Z87E motherboard
- Silverstone ST45SF 450W power supply
that's one helluva a carrying case.....
fyi - I think a "Steam" prefix is needed as an option when creating threads....