Smach has come up with a handheld, portable console that runs SteamOS, so will allow you to play Steam games while you're out and about. Originally named Steamboy but recently renamed Smach Zero, the console is set to arrive next year, so here's all of the information you need to know.
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Smach Zero release date: When is the Smach Zero coming out?
Smach has announced that the Smach Zero will be available to pre-order from 10 November, but isn't expected to ship until the fourth quarter of 2016. The reason the pre-order is starting so early is because other Steam Machines from Alienware and Cyberpower are set to hit the shelves on that same day. Still, a year-long pre-order period seems a bit extreme to us.
It's set to be the first handheld console for Steam, and you'll be able to play more than 1,000 games from the Steam library from day one.
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Smach Zero rumours: Specs & features
As you can see from the images in this article, the Smach Zero has touch pads on ether side of the screen, a control stick, seven buttons on the front and six buttons on the back. It is designed to feel similar to using Valve's official Steam Controller, and those touch pads look a lot like the ones found on the original Steam Controller.
Smach has confirmed many of the specs of its new console, as listed below:
- AMD embedded G-Series processor "Steppe Eagle" with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB Internal storage
- 5in 720p touch screen
- HDMI output
- SD card slot
- Optional 4G
Strangely, we don't know what size the battery inside the Smach Zero is, which could be make or break for this product. It needs to be long enough to keep us entertained for several hours between charging.
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Smach Zero rumours: Price
We know that the Smach Zero is set to be available at an introductory price of $299 or 299 Euros, but we're not entirely sure what the UK price will be. A direct translation from dollars would be £190, and from Euros would be £215, but maybe it's more likely to have a price tag of £299 as is often the case with technology pricing.