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    Valve to release it's own handheld device, Steamboy [Correction: Not Valve]

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    SteamBoy Aims To Be The Handheld Steam Machine - Update

    Marshall Lemon | 13 June 2014 5:22 pm
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    SteamOS could be making its way into mobile gaming, according to a new teaser trailer for the SteamBoy console.
    Update: The Escapist has received additional info from the SteamBoy Machine team. While the exact hardware itself is still under wraps, the SteamBoy design should feature a Quad-Core CPU, 4GB RAM, a 32GB built-in memory card, and a 5" 16:9 touchscreen.
    "SteamBoy won't be as powerful as other announced Steam Machines in the same way [the] Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita performance is not comparable to Wii U or PlayStation 4," a representative wrote via email. "However, it will be possible to play the majority of current games in Steam."
    The standard edition SteamBoy is slated for a 2015 release, with support for WiFi and 3G networks. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
    Original Story:Steam Machines are Valve's next major project for PC gaming, and a lot of people are very excited to see how it will turn out. If successful, Steam games will have a solid foothold within living room gaming and traditional mouse-and-keyboard play. The only market Valve wouldn't be attached to at that point is handheld gaming, but at least one manufacturer is now hoping to jump-start that process. On the last day of E3, the SteamBoy Machine team announced its new handheld console that would let players enjoy Steam titles on the go, presumably supporting a variation of SteamOS for living rooms.
    "SteamBoy is the first device that allows to play Steam games on the go," SteamBoy Machine's press release reads, "you will keep playing your favorite games at the bus, the office, the school or the doctor's waiting room."
    The pictured SteamBoy looks like a combination of the Steam Controller and the PlayStation Vita, with two touchpads, 8 action buttons, 4 triggers, and two additional buttons to the rear. While that should certainly be as functional as a Steam Machine, we still aren't aware what the system specs will be. That's pretty important for any attempt at adapting PC gaming to mobile play, since the system requirements of individual PC games can vary wildly compared to traditional consoles. According to the SteamBoy Machine team the device will balance performance and cost, and support the majority of current Steam games.

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    eh.....we will see. Not sure about those controls.
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    Looks like they are just trying to be different for the sake of being different.
    Doesn't look fun to use, but I guess I won't know til I try it.

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    Those touch circle controls always looked stupid to me, but I've yet to try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
    eh.....we will see. Not sure about those controls.
    The controllers double as speakers, lol.
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    Valve really is working on and announcing everything except Half-Life 3.




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    steamboy? sounds suggestive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HellsJester View Post
    Valve really is working on and announcing everything except Half-Life 3.
    This is not done by Valve but by a separate manufacturer. Either way having a portable gaming PC in my hands would be droolworthy. SteamOS of course makes it possible as that can be minimalistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    steamboy? sounds suggestive?
    It's like Game Boy. They just replaced Game with Steam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black View Post
    It's like Game Boy. They just replaced Game with Steam.
    oh i got that. but steamboy? lol wtf. cracking me up here man.

    oh look guys, i have a steamboy. wtf did you say?

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    It makes me think of the anime, personally.

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    Awesome name lol

    Controls look pretty $#@! though, also a direct 1:1 copy off the Xbox button color scheme too, at least mix them up like Dreamcast - Xbox.
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    Errr.......was looking into this. This is not being released by Valve.

    http://www.steamboymachine.com

    Bottom of the page.....

    Liability disclaimer: Steamboy Project is not being developed by Valve Corporation.
    Steamboy Project has not any connection to Valve or Steam, except it will offer SteamOS games.
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    so valve wouldn't believe in the product or they would've done it themselves. maybe they paid valve for the name.

    yeah, i don't get the point...it's either going to be super expensive or pointless because it will likely only run low grade games like indies.

    so...yeah, don't get the point of it.

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    However, it will be possible to play the majority of current games in Steam.
    Steamboy Project has not any connection to Valve or Steam, except it will offer SteamOS games.
    That article is a bit misleading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    so valve wouldn't believe in the product or they would've done it themselves. maybe they paid valve for the name.

    yeah, i don't get the point...it's either going to be super expensive or pointless because it will likely only run low grade games like indies.

    so...yeah, don't get the point of it.
    Just becaus eit has "Steam" in the title doesn't mean it needs to be licensed. Remember that this is a PC portable and not console related so there's none of this ridiculous and stupid license fees going on.

    And why would it only run Indie games? If the Vita can run sub-par PS3 quality games then I'm pretty sure this will be able to do the same except you'll be able to change the graphical settings - BIG difference and help.

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