The Steamboy Project Is An Awesome Fusion Of PC And PSP
Although Valve is entirely focused on bringing PC gaming into the living room, one group of designers is looking to take things a step further. At the tail end of last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, they unveiled a device that they've christened the Steamboy Machine - or just Steamboy for short. Check out the trailer below. It...actually looks pretty fantastic.
It's got eight action buttons, two touchpads, four triggers, and two buttons to the rear - it looks vaguely like a fusion between a Steam Controller and a PlayStation Vita..and that's actually pretty sweet.
Understandably, it's not quite as powerful as its big brothers are going to be. Unlike the recently-unveiled Alienware Alpha (which isn't exactly a high-powered gaming rig in its own right), the Steamboy will feature a quad-core CPU, 4 gigabytes of RAM, 32 gigabytes of built-in memory and a five inch 16:9 touchscreen. Of course, it's also equipped with game-streaming functionality...meaning that the hardware it's got under the hood is more or less irrelevant, in a sense; it can just stream gameplay from a more powerful desktop rig.
With that in mind, it should theoretically be possible to play your games wherever and whenever you choose- particularly since the device supports both WiFi and 3G networks.
SteamBoy won't be as powerful as other announced Steam Machines in the same way [the] Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita performance is not comparable to Wii U or PlayStation 4," explained a representative to The Escapist. "However, it will be possible to play the majority of current games in Steam."
Although it looks promising, there's currently no guarantee the Steamboy will see production. It's not officially supported by Valve, after all; there's a (very slim) chance that the device won't be released. Assuming it is, it'll hit stores sometime in 2015.