SteamBoy was announced during E3 2014. The SteamBoy Machine is a new handheld console, as you probably guessed by now, allows you to play your Steam games on the go. The SteamBoy design looks as if a PlayStation Vita and a Steam controller got together and produced an illegitimate love child. The Steam controllers trademark circular trackpads are present on either side with a five-inch screen touchscreen in the middle. The Escapist was able to get a hold of specs from Team SteamBoy.
The SteamBoy design should feature a Quad-Core CPU, 4GB RAM, a 32GB built-in memory card, and a 5″ 16:9 touchscreen.
“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,” a representative wrote via email. “However, it will be possible to play the majority of current games in Steam.”
The standard edition SteamBoy is slated for a 2015 release, with support for WiFi and 3G networks. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
The SteamBoy will certainly be competing with the Nvidia Shield although I’m not sure there is much of a market for these judging by Nvidia’s sales. The fact that its going to support 3G networks and the design alone gives Nvidia shield a run for its money. The jury’s still out on those track pads until I can actually sample them for my self. Check out the pics, teaser video below and lets us know what you think in the comments.