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Steam Machine Prototype revealed

Valve's SteamOS running Steam Machine prototype has been shown off, and is more of a gaming PC than a streaming box

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The period for entering the beta program for the new Steam Machine ended recently, with 300 people soon to be receiving their shiny new SteamOS-running hardware. The anticipation to find out what exactly these boxes will look like has been palpable, and Valve has finally unveiled the look of their limited prototype.

Our first look at the prototype. Image from Engadget
Our first look at the prototype. Image from Engadget

Showing it to Engadget, Valve revealed one of the prototypes slightly below the maximum-powered Geforce Titan set-up. The set-top looking box has a GTX 780 and an Intel i7 running it, and is just one of many configurations that will be sent out to the lucky few.

It’s a powerful looking device, with a menagerie of different computing and display outputs that makes it seem more like a PC than a console. However, it won’t quite be representative of the final products created by third-parties, so some boxes might have simpler connections for less tech-savvy users.

The Steam Machines should be making their way to participants by the end of the year.

Did you enter the Steam Machine beta? How would you like to use your box?