A mobile Steam Machine is in development and has been announced at E3.
The device, called the SteamBoy, will feature a five inch 16:9 touchscreen and a control interface configured in the same way as Valve’s upcoming Steam Controllers with two touchpads, four triggers, eight other buttons on the front and an additional two buttons on the back.
Under the hood, the SteamBoy will have 4GB of RAM and be powered by a quad-core CPU, although further details around the type and speed of the processors is yet to be revealed. The device will also support Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
Talking to The Escapist
, a SteamBoy spokesman did warn that the handheld console would not be as powerful as other Steam Machines that have been announced by various companies. He compared the difference to that between the PS Vita and the Playstation 4 but did also say that it will be possible to play the majority of current games on Steam.
The SteamBoy is being developed by an independent company and is not affiliated with any of the major hardware suppliers. It is expected to release in 2015.
Valve’s own first party developed Steam Machines and its Steam Controller have been delayed to 2015 following feedback the company received. Another 14 third party manufacturers were set to release their Steam Machine later this year which are in many cases also likely to be delayed.
One company that has not been put off by Valve’s actions is Alienware, which has decided to go ahead with the launch of its Alienware Alpha later this year with it running on Windows 8.1 as opposed to SteamOS.