Thursday, December 12, 2013

Digital Storm’s Steam Machine dual-boots SteamOS and Windows, costs $1,469

Digital Storm’s first Steam machine will be unveiled at the CES next month, and will retail for $1,469.

Valve has said that manufacturers will have freedom in customizing the hardware of Steam Machines, and it looks like boutique vendor Digital Storm has done just that.

The image of its first Steam Machine indicates that the machine will look more like a full-fledged gaming machine than a console, a fact Digital Storm acknowledged by writing below the image: “At CES 2014, Digital Storm is going to defy the cookie-cutter mold of small form factor systems. With its advanced thermal design, this gaming PC doesn’t make any compromises for performance.”

Digital Storm’s Steam Machine will have the ability to dual-boot SteamOS and Windows, and will feature liquid cooling. Internal hardware details have not been confirmed, but the machine will feature an Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan video card along with a 700W power supply unit along with advanced airflow and thermal management solutions. Digital Storm’s Steam Machine is also quite bigger than an Xbox One at 4.4 inches wide, 14.1 inches deep, and 16.4 inches tall.

In other news related to Steam Machines, Valve has announced that the first batch of Steam Machines will be rolling out to users this Friday. Valve is sending 300 beta machines to Steam users for testing, and users who will be receiving a Steam Machine will get a custom badge on their Steam Community profile indicating their status as a tester for the console. The machines will come along with Valve’s new Steam Controller.

Valve also mentioned that it is not going to send out any Steam Machines outside of the U.S. for testing, citing regulatory issues. In a statement, it said: “We’ve had to make the difficult decision to limit our beta to the U.S. only, because of regulatory hurdles. This was not our original plan, and it means we can’t collect beta feedback from Steam customers world-wide, which is pretty unfortunate.”

It has clarified stating that the hurdles are only limited for the 300 beta units, and that retail Steam Machines will be available world-wide in 2014.

Source: Digital Storm, Steam

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