A handheld device using the Steam OS and having all the usual gaming functionality available through Steam as using a Desktop or one of the myriad other steam consoles to be released this November is set to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Previously known as the Steamboy, the Smach Zero will reportedly go on sale on the 10th November 2015 at the pre-sale price of $299, though the device it self wont be shipped until 12 months later.
The manufacturers, Smach, have said that the $299 price will be €299 in Europe, so likely still £299 to us. It sounds quite cheap for the product once you hear that Smach are touting it as being comparable in power to both the PS4 and XBone, so those of you that wait until release to buy it will likely have to fork out more wonga.
The Smach Zero claims to be “the first handheld console to play Steam games on the go.” Playing “more than 1,000 games” from Steam’s library on release day.
Here are the hardware specs announced by Smach:
AMD embedded G-Series SoC “Steppe Eagle” with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics
4 GB RAM memory
32GB internal memory and SD Card Slot
5-inch Touch screen with 720p resolution
Configurable tactile gamepads
HDMI, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity
And 4G mobile network connectivity on the PRO model
There is certainly room in the handheld market for something as beasty as the Smach Zero, I love my 3DS but the games are a bit bubble-gum, if your into more serious gaming, the Smach Zero might just be for you, scratching an itch that the Vita fails to hit.