The true Steam Machine is actually that lamp over on the left.

Eagle-eyed NeoGafians have used one of their many thousand pairs of eyes to notice that Valve has released a few spec details for the 300 prototype Steam Machines that will eventually be finding their way to beta testers. They’ve been posted up by a Valve employee in the ‘Steam Universe’ community group.

He makes it clear that these prototype specs are “not meant to serve the needs of all of the tens of millions of Steam users. It may, however, be the kind of machine that a significant percentage of Steam users would actually want to purchase.” The prototypes are “something special”; high end, high performance machines made from off-the-shelf PC bits and pieces.

So, enough waffling on, what do these first 300 prototype Steam Machines have inside them?

The 300 prototype units will ship with the following components:
GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
CPU: some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

Probably good enough to play pretty much any game you can throw at it, then (the ones with the higher end processors and GPUs at least.) No pictures of the machine have been released yet, as “they’re not finished enough,” but Valve will be showing off what they look like eventually. However, it’s expected that people will change the prototypes anyway, “Both from a technical perspective, deciding on different components, and from an industrial design perspective, changing the enclosure in interesting ways.”

Further updates will be coming, both about the controller and about Valve’s plans to offer “a way to bridge the gap into the living room without giving up their existing hardware and without spending lots of money.” In-home streaming? Yep, in-home streaming.

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