The specs for the initial reference Steam Machines from Valve included just Intel and NVidia hardware. That, quite naturally, threw some who prefer AMD’s hardware off – thinking that Valve had some sort of shady deals in place, or a clear preference for the hardware they hadn’t pledged their lives to. In today’s non-news, Valve has clarified, saying that yes, AMD steam Machines are on the way.“Last week, we posted some technical specs of our first wave of Steam Machine prototypes,” said Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi. “Although the graphics hardware that we’ve selected for the first wave of prototypes is a variety of NVidia cards, that is not an indication that Steam Machines are NVidia-only. In 2014, there will be Steam Machines commercially available with graphics hardware made by AMD, NVidia, and Intel. Valve has worked closely together with all three of these companies on optimizing their hardware for SteamOS, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.”

So why is this non-news? Valve had already stated that people could build their own Steam Machines – and precluding AMD would be a stupid thing indeed. And we know that Valve is not quite that stupid. More interesting is the prospect of a Steam Machine running Intel graphics hardware.

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Why would anybody want that?

I am really keen to see how well a game, using bleeding edge PC hardware and optimised for SteamOS, will run. If Pc developers are able to access the hardware at a low enough level without too much OS overhead, they could end up making consoles look quite silly indeed.

Thanks to EK for the tip.

Last Updated: October 10, 2013

was reviewed on PC

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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