First Steam OS Playing Handheld SMACH Zero Pre-sales Nov 10th
The third-party SMACH Zero (formerly Steamboy Project) purported to be the first portable to play Steam games while on the move will see pre-sales starting November 10th. Pre-sales will be 299EUR(about 328US).
Specifications were announced June 18th of this year on Gamasutra. It will feature a control scheme similar to the Steam controller.
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
- USB OTG(On The Go)
- HDMI video output
- Configurable gamepad
- 4G RAM
- SD card slot and 32G internal
- 720 resolution
- 5″ touch screen
- AMD embedded G-Series SoC “Steppe Eagle” with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics
- 4G mobile available on the PRO model only
Buzz from SMACH Zero says the handheld will play over 1,000 Steam games at launch. Given the system specs and the hugely wide requirements for the multitude of games available on Steam, we may see quite a few limitations that will need to be determined on a per-game basis. Even if it ends up struggling or conking out under the pressure of the latest game-tech for the newest, shiniest games, there’s still a near endless amount of smaller-spec games being released daily on Steam. This should be somewhat comforting for a large range of Indie developers and players gobbling up Retro collections.
Note: SMACH is third party, not developed by Valve Corporation. SMACH Zero is officially the new name for Steamboy Project.