Previously called the SteamBoy, it has recently been announced that the portable Steam Machine now called the Smach Zero will be available to buy from the last quarter of 2016 and pre-orders will be available from November this year.
Gamespot announced that the new portable device for all of your PC games purchased through Steam would be available for pre-order from November 10th and that there would be a special pre-order price of $299. Valve didn’t disclose the final price of the system but simply that the normal price will be slightly higher than the pre-order price.
There have been a few worries about the capabilities of the hardware as premium AAA titles make their home on Steam despite how impressive the specs are in comparison to other portables. GameSpot stated that the Smach Zero boasts 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB internal storage, USB, Bluetooth, WiFi and optional 4G. It has HDMI out making playing on TV easier, and in addition to a 5″ 720p HD touchscreen.
The controls are based on the new Steam Controller and feature two configurable Steam Controller circle pads, eight face buttons and bumpers. The main brain is an AMD embedded G-Series SoC Steppe Eagle with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics.
There is no word on the capabilities of the battery yet and how long it will last, but it is likely to not last as long as the 3DS with its impressive 10 hours battery life, but might be more comparable to the PS Vita’s 5 hours due to better graphical capabilities.
The website for the Smach Zero is currently pretty barren but more updates can be found there.
I’m really excited to be able to take my PC games on the go and always felt it was something the games industry was missing. I won’t be pre-ordering though. I want to see what consumers think of the system first before making an investment.