The first Steam Machines gaming computers featuring Valve’s SteamOS operating system are expected to launch in 2015. But if you thought SteamOS was only designed to bring PC games to the living room with the help of gaming desktop PCs, the folks behind the SteamBoy hope to prove you wrong.
They’re working on a handheld game system that will let you play PC games on the go. The SteamBoy is basically a portable PC with a 5 inch touchscreen display surrounded by Steam Controller-style video gaming buttons.
Full details aren’t available yet, but The Escapist has a few details about the project. While the system won’t be as powerful as a typical gaming desktop, it’ll use Valve’s operating system and hardware control buttons to let you play many PC games… at least at lower graphics quality settings.
What the PlayStation Vita is to a PS4, the SteamBoy could be to a desktop Steam Machine. It will likely have a quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage as well as WiFi and 3G.
We’ll have to wait until next year to find out how much the system will cost, what kind of battery life it will offer, and what kind of PC gaming experience you can really pack into a pocket-sized device.