The case for PC gaming is that computers almost always have superior hardware compared to gaming consoles. But while Sony and Nintendo have successfully delivered great gaming experiences across handheld console devices, PC gaming has more or less never seen such a device. The x86 architecture wasn’t exactly developed for mobile gaming but PC gaming needs to evolve if it is to survive the modern consoles(which possess incredible horsepower). And that’s what the Steamboy concept is here for, to finally bring PC gaming on a handheld device.
The Steamboy is still pretty much a computer geek’s dream. The Steamboy will rely on the upcoming Steam Machine platform to truly take shape, so it’s already dependent on another technology that’s not even out there yet. However, Steamboy’s creators do propose a device that could, possibly, be small enough to be considered a hand-held, and powerful enough to run modern PC games. The proposed specs are a quad-core processor, 4 gigabytes of RAM and 32GBs of flash memory. We suspect the quad-core processor will be of the AMD Fusion variety, which combines a CPU and a GPU onto one power-efficient chip. So it’s not a very far-fetched concept hardware wise. The Steamboy looks like a stretched version of the Steam controller we saw a few months back. The Steamboy is said to bring the unique experience of a mouse and keyboard setup to a single controller. That still remains to be seen however.
The Steamboy is a great concept, and shows that PC gaming still has room for evolution. While Steam have been working on bringing the PC to where the consoles reside – the living room, the Steamboy wants to bring it to the palm of your hands. Valve’s recently announced Stream live-streaming technology could also benefit the Steamboy – using the power of your PC to stream games to a small handheld. Sounds brilliant, but we’ll have to wait until at least 2015 to see this in action.