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Zotac Announces 4K Ready Steam Machine

Zotac has recently announced their very own Steam Machine to join Valve’s expanding SteamOS-powered mini-PC lineup.

Featuring a compact Zbox-like form factor, Zotac’s new SN970 Steam Machine packs a wallop thanks to its beefy Sixth Generation Intel processor matched with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU with 3GB of GDDR5 for higher-end graphical performance.

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One of the big features of the SN970 is that it’s a 4K ready Steam Machine that supports full UHD at 60Hz, which is a welcome feature especially in the mini-PC realm.

Gamers can also hook up to four display monitors up to the device thanks to its 4x HDMI 2.0 ports, making the device a potential nexus for entertainment.

“We are honored to be working closely with Valve to bring gamers a system that will redefine PC gaming,” said Tony Wong, CEO of Zotac International.

“The Zotac Steam Machine delivers a fully optimized gaming platform with full emphasis on graphics. We have employed the latest Intel CPU and NVIDIA GPU technology so gamers can keep the graphics sliders on ultra, and enjoy smooth, 4k gaming.”

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Like every other Steam Machine, Zotac’s SN970 runs Valve’s proprietary Steam OS right out of the box, which is aimed at simplifying the user experience for optimum accessibility and performance.

Zotac has yet to reveal pricing details for mini-PC, but Valve announced at GDC 2015 that we should start seeing the Steam Machines shipped out this November.

Whether or not the SN970 will be able to take on the current juggernauts of living room gaming–the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One–all depends on the price. If Zotac can maintain an attractive price point then gamers will be much more likely to jump onboard the mini-PC market, considering this particular model supports 4K gaming and has some beefy specs to boot.

Below we have a full list of specs on the Zotac SN970 Steam Machine:

Key Features

  • SteamOS preloaded
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M MXM Graphics
  • 4x HDMI 2.0, supports 4K UHD @ 60Hz
  • 1x HDMI in
  • 2D/3D NVIDIA Surround Sound
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet

Specifications

  • 6th Gen Intel Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 64GB M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
  • 1×2.5″ 1TB HDD
  • 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Mic-in, Stereo Out
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Reader
  • GENDER TRANSFORMER

    Looks very nice. Would love to hook up to a battery/HMD in a backpack for my university research. There’s not a lot of small PCs that fit well for mobile VR/AR.

  • UpTide

    Why no Display port?

  • cromthelaughinggod7

    What games have been developed in 4k or where are the 4k games? I will wait. There are none.

    • Pretty much almost all the newer AAA games support 4K, but the thing is you need a 4K monitor as well. Seeing as the Zotact SN970 is already priced at about $990, picking up a 4K monitor will make things quite expensive.

      If I were you I’d hold off on 4K right now as it’s plagued with a number of issues (mainly having to sacrifice 60fps for lower end frame rates) as well as various visual issues.

      Here’s a good read-up as to why 4K UHD isn’t quite ready for gaming just yet.
      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pq321q-4k-gaming,3620-2.html