Last week, Valve announced the preliminary hardware specs for its own prototype Steam Machine that will run its Linux-based SteamOS. The prototypes, which will be sent out to 300 beta testers later this year, will have graphics cards inside made by NVIDIA, including "NVIDIA Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660" cards. Valve has yet to send out any images of those prototype machines.
However, Valve won"t limit Steam Machines to just using graphics from NVIDIA. PCWorld,com reports that, in a statement, Valve said that while the first Steam Machines prototypes will have NVIDIA cards, it insists that the graphics hardware in future Steam Machines will have a variety of choices.
The statement said:
In 2014, there will be Steam Machines commercially available with graphics hardware made by AMD, NVIDIA, and Intel. Valve has worked closely with all three of these companies on optimizing their hardware for SteamOS, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.
While AMD"s graphics chips, under their Radeon brand, may be used in future Steam Machines, Valve made no mention in its statement that AMD processors will be used for their CPUs in addition to Intel. Valve says it is working with a number of unnamed third party companies that will release PCs that will run SteamOS next year.
Source: PCWorld | Image via Valve