The Verge takes an exclusive hands on look at the prototype Steam Machine that will be going into the hands of 300 very lucky steam players real soon.
The secret is actually quite simple, it turns out: Valve designed the case so the parts can breathe individually. The CPU blows air out the top, the power supply out the side, and the graphics card exhaust out back, and none share any airspace within the case.
This sounds both amazing and scary at the same time. If Valve can manage to master thermal case design on their first go around then Gaben really is that amazing. In a worst case scenario this thing will be a omnidirectional space heater that heats up any other device near it on any side.
Maybe the plan is actually to create an electronic Trojan Horse that when operational blows super hot air onto every other device (like an Xbox One or Playstation 4) that will eventually cripple them and cause you to play more Steam Machine and buy more Steam games. This actually makes scary amounts of sense. Gaben you devil you.