Portable Steam Gaming Device Gets Release Window & Price

The world of PC and portable gaming is about to see an upgrade, with the release of the Smach Zero, formally known as the Steam Boy, making its...
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    The world of gaming keeps on improving, and has seen tremendous strides towards the future, with the release of next generation consoles, along with companies hastily working to bring us virtual reality headsets. Now the world of PC and portable gaming will also see an upgrade, with the release of the Smach Zero, formally known as the Steam Boy, making its way to retailers in the fourth quarter of 2016. Running on Valve's SteamOS, (an operating system specifically designed to run Steam) this new handheld device has 32 GB internal storage, a 5-inch 720p touchscreen, 4 GB of RAM, and an HDMI output, along with Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity.

    All of that together, it somewhat has the functionality of a miniature PC. Internal hardware aside, the exterior has the overall shape and width of a Playstation Vita, consisting of a center fixed screen, two Steam controller circle pads, and a set of four buttons on each side. Although, the gamepad is configurable to coincide with certain games. It is also worth noting that Valve/Steam are only providing the OS and taking care of some details in the background on this project, while development and manufacture of the final product will be handled by the independent, third party company, SMACH Team.

    Pre-orders will be available starting November 10th, at a price of $299. Which is something you may want to jump on, as the company manufacturing the Smach Zero states this is only the pre-order price, and consumers will have to pay more if they wait until later to make a purchase.


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  1. RaVe Retraxzz
    Looks neat and I might get one. I'd only play gmod on it. So basically it's just like buying a handheld computer for only Gmod. I like it! =D #PraiseGaben
  2. Percy Jackson
    It looks really sick, but I no longer play handheld games anymore.
  3. 3xTiNcT
    That's cool but I don't really play handheld games anymore.
  4. Clipzeh
    this looks pretty sick
  5. Wavy
    Glad they changed the name, Steamboy is quite lame imo. Won't be getting this though. The last mobile gaming device I owned was a Nintendo DS.
  6. Salus
    The price will increase if you don't pre order? That's surely gonna work out :hilarious:
    1. RaoulDuke
      I'm not sure they've really thought that part through lol
    2. Stonerzard
      You do realise this actually does normally happen with most consoles? The initial demand is normally cheaper, then they have to make more and they release them a bit dearer to make a bit more money while there is still a heavy interest in the console.

      That's why it's always best to wait it out at least a year or so, then they'll probably release a much better model for the same price/cheaper.
    3. Salus
      Don't remember the Xbox one ever going up in price :/
  7. Arxhive
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  8. Thelema
    Great article RaoulDuke.

    I can see myself pre-ordering one of these, although, I might wait to see how well it performs after release. A neat little piece of hardware, aha.
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    2. Stonerzard
      ^Actually you're always best off doing this when new consoles come out. The game library is very limited, the price is higher and no doubt a sleeker model with more memory will be out in 18 months time.
    3. RaoulDuke
      Very true Stonerzard, I was only mentioning it because the developers said that if consumers don't pre-order, then they'll have to pay more for a model once it's actually released.
    4. Stonerzard
      That'll probably be true for the first 6-12 months. It's just the pattern that consoles have followed for the last decade at the least.
  9. Zelk
    It looks just like a PS Vita.
  10. Stonerzard
    I'd have to try the Steam Controller first to see if I'd actually be able to use it well, but this little thing has good potential if Steam us it properly. I truly hope they're continuing to try to change the gaming experience rather than just to try and make some money.