Boutique PC maker Digital Storm today revealed plans for its first Steam Machine, which it plans to officially launch at CES in January. With a starting price of $1469, it won't be console-priced, but Digital Storm is pitching this as far more than just a games machine. With options for an Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan, up to a 700W power supply, advanced airflow thermal management, and liquid cooling on the CPU, this Steam Machine offering will have the ability to dual-boot SteamOS and Windows.
Those familiar with other Digital Storm systems may recognize that this Steam Machine bears a resemblance to the Bolt PC. We made this observation to Digital Storm and learned what sets the Steam Machine apart. Where the Bolt is 3.6 inches wide, the Steam Machine will be slightly larger at 4.4 inches wide, 14.1 inches deep, and 16.4 inches tall. The Steam Machine will also have improved cooling with an integrated 240 mm radiator and more airflow vents.
Expect plenty more details at CES. The only other Steam Machine we know about so far is from iBuyPower, which is targeting a starting price of $500.
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Steam on Windows have Big Screen Mode...
that aside, I guess this implies Steam OS will show up for download anytime now
The SteamOS image is going to be released around weakened so it will be interesting to see some actual benchmarks!
It's just one option, hence the "STARTING PRICE" reference. That won't be with a Titan.
SteamOS and games:
That's going to be very limited, as only games written, or re-written for Linux will work. Hence about 98% of games will be Windows only.
The new Steam controller is an interesting solution, however many games won't work simply because the text or HUD elements will be too SMALL when viewed from a couch.
Benchmarking SteamOS vs Windows:
Only for games that exist on BOTH systems. Since we don't know what OPTIMIZATIONS were made when rewriting an older game like LFD2, most of the results will be useless.
Will the games even be 100% in terms of graphical features for a fair comparison?
My big issue with SteamOS comes back to the Windows compatibility issue. I'm not getting a SteamOS machine that won't run my Windows games. Thus, I guess I'll be booting back and forth between SteamOS and Windows?
I like the POWER of a PC for gaming, but dealing with an expensive dual-boot environment to have full access to my Steam catalogue seems a big hassle to me.
What I really want is a tiny Steambox that has TWO purposes:
a) Inexpensive, basic media box with simple gaming capability.
b) Streams games from my high-end gaming PC via an Ethernet connection with a low-latency Ethernet to HDMI chip inside the Steambox (and obviously wireless controller support to the Steambox).
*Mini Steambox for streaming, plus XBOX ONE and Steam Controller support please!!
That was the whole idea, you know. Like, from the very start.
And Valve announced that they'll start shipping the beta machines and controllers on the 13th, a few hours ago...from the wording i figured that SteamOS will launch around the same date too.
Will the Windows OS not boot up and you have to call Microsoft to be told your license agreement prohibits such a hardware upgrade? Will the SteamOS do the same? What are the license agreements?