Meet SteamBoy, The Portable Steam Machine

Now that Steam Machines have established all one needs to play computer games via Steam is a small box, a controller and a screen, the SteamBoy combines those three things into one portable gaming system.

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Announced on the last day of E3 2013, the SteamBoy is an independent project by a group unaffiliated with Valve, aimed at bringing a little PC gaming to players' pockets. According to information given The Escapist, it's a modestly-powered system that, while not up to recommended Steam Machine specs, will be cable of running most PC games at playable frame rates.

A quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM, a 32GB built-in memory card and a 5" 16:9 touchscreen doesn't sound like much, but it's certainly enough to play. Factor in Steam's new streaming functionality and the SteamBoy could be a must-have companion to a standard gaming machine.

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Of course that all depends on whether the machine actually surfaces, and whether or not Reliable Corporation goes after them for using the same name as their line of floor cleaning products.

SteamBoy Aims To Be The Handheld Steam Machine [The Escapist]

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DISCUSSION

Interesting concept though I feel like they should drop the capability to play games off the device and just focus on the streaming aspect of it. Questionable specs aside, 32gb isn't even enough for one new game nowadays. Even older titles like TF2 and The Witcher can run upwards of 10gbs.