Is the world ready for Steam Machines ? Valve certainly seems to think so as they proclaimed during a recent Game Developers Conference. Now there is talk that ZOTAC may be jumping into the Steam Machine world as hardwareluxx is reporting that the company has recently introduced The ZOTAC SN970, powered by 6th gen Intel CPU, and apparently feature a GeForce GTX model, based on “Maxwell” GPU.
The SN970 is held in a black and white design and bears the official Steam logo on the top. However, the hardware and technical specifications again remained unmentioned, and will be announced shortly before the SN970 is launched. After all, there’ll be new bits and pieces of hardware, come November. ZOTAC nonetheless spoke of a sixth generation Intel Core CPU in its press release. The 14 nm CPUs based on the “Skylake” architecture are expected to be released later this year. The graphics card will be a recent GeForce GTX model, based on “Maxwell”.
Otherwise, ZOTAC plans to combine the CPU and graphics card with a 64GB SSD with a 1TB HDD, alongside a WiFi module supporting the 802.11ac standard. Four HDMI outputs can be seen on the pictures, presumably HDMI 2.0 for UHD/ 4K output, alongside several USB 3.0 ports, a card reader, two Ethernet ports, the usual 3.5mm audio jacks, and an antenna connector. The ZOTAC Steam Machine SN970 will come with an external power supply.
ZOTAC will ship the small gaming box with the official Steam controller and SteamOS pre-installed. Nothing was said about price and availability, although one expect it to be launched in November.