Portable Steam machine, SMACH Zero, now has a price and release date

SMACH Zero will play some of your favourite games via Steam power

Previously known as SteamBoy, SMACH Zero is the new name for the third party project which aims to bring your library of Steam games onto a Steam-OS operated handheld device. The device’s release date has been announced as 2016, but more importantly so have its specs.

Smach Zero promises to feature a 720p resolution 5 inch touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI output and 4G LTE connectivity with the PRO model. The device also has an AMD embedded G-Series SoC Steppe Eagle with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics and includes 4 GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory, with room for an SD Card to expand this.

Smach state that this hardware, although it’s not the best of the best but is undeniably good for a device of this size, will allow the SMACH Zero to support more than 1000 Steam games at launch, including the SteamOS versions of popular titles such as Civilisation V, Half Life 2, Tropico 5, and Bioshock Infinite.

The console looks a bit like a PS Vita but features a control scheme with two touch pads, a control stick, 7 buttons at the front and 6 at the back, that is similar to the official Steam Controller.
SMACH Zero pre-sales will open on November 10th, starting at a reduced price of $299 (around £192). Smach haven’t released much more information at present but you can visit the company’s website to sign up to their newsletter and stay in the loop.

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