Since Valve launched its Steam Deck in early 2022, gaming on PC has undergone a radical change because many already perceive, finally, a consolidation that can benefit the platform, always so static and tied to that desktop configuration that is the same one we use to work, for example. So having an official Gabe Newell portable model and a desktop clone is something that would come in handy for those of us who just want to have a computer to play.
Smaller than an Xbox Series S
The fact is that it was the YouTube user ETA PRIME who he has wrapped his head around the blanket and has decided to set up a kind of desktop Steam Deck to connect it to a monitor (or two) and enjoy games with more than acceptable quality. Do not expect the same performance of a 3,000 euro computer with a graphic card that will take your breath away, but of course it will help you to enjoy all the releases that come from the hand of this generation.
In the video you have right here below you can see how is this Steam Machine, which has a very compact hardware inside a case that is smaller than that of an Xbox Series S, which is the most modest console of the new generation right now, but very competent not only for the most recent releases, but also for tasks of emulating old consoles such as PS2, PS3, GameCube, etc
As you can see in the demo video of this Steam Machine (with SteamOS 3) it defends without problems with games in 1080p and high quality at the level of detail, even allowing us to place the store access interface and the shopping library on 2K monitors or more. Even do it with two at the same time, thanks to the double HDMI output you have.
prepared for everything
This Steam Machine is not exactly lame, and that’s why mounts an Intel i7-8809G processor accompanied by 16GB of DDR4 RAM of 2,400 MHz, an RX Vega M GH Graphics with 4GB of VRAM and all kinds of connectors both on the front and back. For example, four USB-A, another USB-C, ports for headphones and microphone and even a slot to add external storage.
If we look at the back, we will find another four USB-A connectors, two HDMI, as many mini Display Port and also two Ethernet for wired network. Obviously we can connect both gamepads via USB and wireless thanks to the possibility of using Bluetooth. And, without a doubt, the best controller that will work with this machine is the one that Steam launched a few years ago, do you remember? Its name was the Steam Controller and they are no longer officially manufactured, although if you want one it can cost you a lot (more than 300 euros on Amazon).
for now It is a completely personal project that we doubt will reach the stores en masse. Although if you are crafty and have free time, go ahead. In the description of the video you can see all the components necessary to make one.