updated 07:19 am EST, Tue November 26, 2013
Linux-based game console includes AMD processor, Radeon R9 270 graphics
One hardware manufacturer has confirmed it is preparing to offer its own take on Valve Software's Steam Machine game console. iBuyPower has unveiled a prototype Steam Machine device that it hopes to launch sometime in 2014, one that for all intents and purposes is a high-specification home theater PC in a consumer-friendly case.
The device is apparently somewhere between a PlayStation 4 and an Xbox One in size, according to The Verge, and will ship with a multicore AMD processor and AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 500GB of storage. Using Valve's Steam OS, it is said to be able to run Linux-based Steam games at 1080p and at 60 frames per second.
Though there is no specific timing for when it will be released, iBuyPower is aiming to price the device at $500, on par with an Xbox One. More details about the console, along with plans by other manufacturers to release similar systems, will surface at CES in January.