The news at first sounded like a prank by internet meme creators but it has been confirmed to be true. The manufacturers has confirmed that SteamBoy is indeed coming!
Powered by the very Steam that runs on PC, Linux and Mac, the new SteamBoy is a portable gaming console which will directly rival Nintendo 3DS and the waning Sony’s PS Vita. The console now has an official pricing and the hardware specifications have been unveiled.
• 5-inch capacitive touch screen display with 720p resolution
• AMD G series Steppe Eagle with Jaguar processor and GCN Radeon GFX card
• 4 GB of RAM
• 32 GB internal memory
• Supports micro SD card and USB OTG cable
• HDMI port, Wifi, Bluetooth
• 4G internet on Pro models
• Gamepads are fully configurable to match game
The control pad has two touch pads combined with a control stick and has 7 different buttons on top, with six more on the rear.
The SteamBoy, which is now known as the Smach Zero will be sold at $299 for people who pre-order it right now. It is unclear whether the pricing will be higher on launch. However, given Valve’s approach towards affordable products and games, it may not cross this mark. The Pro model could be $350 or higher.
The handheld console will start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2016 which is a long wait.
Will this be a success powered by so many indie games on Steam or is it going to be another dead one like PS Vita? Tell us!