Smach’s handheld Steam Machine, previously called the Steamboy, will be available for pre-order starting November 10 for $299. The Smach Zero will be shipping out to backers only late next year, though, so if you’re looking to get in on the action, know that it’ll take a while before you can get your hands on the portable Steam Machine.
The $299 price is the pre-order price, suggesting that the retail pricing will be higher. There will a Pro version on offer that will come with 4G connectivity, with Smach’s offering touted as the first handheld console to” play Steam games on the go,” giving you access to over a thousand titles such as Half-Life 2, Civilization V, DOTA 2 and more. The games that you can play will be limited by the hardware, which includes the following:
- AMD embedded G-Series SoC “Steppe Eagle” with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics
- 4 GB RAM memory
- 32GB internal memory and SD Card Slot
- USB OTG
- 5-inch Touch screen with 720p resolution
- Configurable tactile gamepads
- HDMI video output connection
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Bluetooth connectivity
- 4G mobile network connectivity (PRO model only)
The Smach Zero’s controller has an input scheme similar to that of the latest version of Valve’s official controller, offering two touchpads, a control stick, seven buttons at the front and six buttons at the back.