The world of portable gaming has long been dominated by Nintendo and Sony. However, these two Japanese giants are going to face competition from a new startup, the SteamBoy. As from the name itself, the SteamBoy is designed to bear all the trimmings of a gaming PC to rival the PS Vita and Nvidia Shield.
The SteamBoy was first introduced during E3 2013 by a company that was unaffiliated with Steam, the device was both designed and aimed towards bringing the concept of a gaming PC into the pockets of gamers. The forthcoming console will be the first handheld device to run Steam OS.[more…]
It’s expected to launch in 2015 and it will be equipped with WiFi and 3G connectivity. Details are thin, but the company told The Escapist that it will feature a Quad-Core CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB built-in memory and a 5-inch 16:9 touchscreen.
A spokesperson said: “SteamBoy won’t be as powerful as other announced Steam Machines in the same way the Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita performance is not comparable to Wii U or PlayStation 4.” The spokesperson continued: “However, it will be possible to play the majority of current games in Steam.”
The device itself has taken on the design of the Steam Controller with a hint of the PS Vita. We look forward to the unveiling of the SteamBoy, especially since the company has boasted of it being able to play most games on Steam. System requirements for PC games can vary widely, so how SteamBoy accommodates that will be key to its success.