While the first wave of prototypes have shipped with Nvidia cards, the PC-consoles will be available with Intel, Nvidia, or AMD GPUs come 2014.
When Valve announced that its PC-console, the Steam Machine, was in Beta and was being shipped to 300 testers last week, it looked as if Valve’s device would be an Nvidia-centric affair. After all, Nvidia was heavily featured in the announcing press release as a major stakeholder in the new ecosystem.
Now, Valve has confirmed this will not be the case. Speaking to Maximum PC, Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi confirmed the PC consoles will be GPU agnostic.
“Although the graphics hardware that we’ve selected for the first wave of prototypes is a variety of Nvidia cards, that is not an indication that Steam Machines are Nvidia-only,” he said. “ In 2014, there will be Steam Machines commercially available with graphics hardware made byAMD, Nvidia, andIntel. Valve has worked closely together with all three of these companies on optimizing their hardware for SteamOS, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.”
This follows up on an earlier statement made by AMD’s Ritche Corpus, the company’s director of developer relations, who said to VR-Zone that AMD is working just as closely on the Steam Machine as Nvidia is.
“We are working just as closely with Valve. I think the difference is one side of that conversation is being more vocal than the other,” Corpus said to VR-Zone during an interview at #gpu14. “If you go to Valve right now and ask them which hardware partners are going to be the partner of choice, they won’t pick one or the other. They are going to be agnostic. They mention that it’s an open ecosystem.”
The Steam Machines are expected to be released on the market in early 2014.
Source: Maximum PC