Digital Storm, CyberPowerPC unveil Steam Machines at dramatically different price points

By Russ Boswell
Jan 6, 2014
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  1. Digital Storm has announced its anticipated Steam Machine at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The Bolt II was teased/unveiled last December, and boasts some unique features like an enhanced thermal design, dual booting (Windows/Steam OS) and a 240mm liquid cooling...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,526   +829

    I like cyberpowers offering for its price. I also like the design.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,888   +644

    Hhhhmmm, I've been a little harsh on Valve with there "Steam Machine" Initiative, I've always thought to myself "Developers won't want to port there games to Linux also" but Valve seem to be getting quite a few hardware partners on board, this is probably good news, Now If only they can start convincing me (and I'd assume gamers as well) that developers are going to really take Steam OS seriously and code their games for it, I might even use Steam OS. Which is something for Microsoft to worry about.
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  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,526   +829

    The hardware part is doing well, its the software part thats yet to be seen and the most worrying IMO.
  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    “double the cooling power of its closest competitor,”

    Can they be any more ambiguous?
  6. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    I think Steam OS will startup with lower rated games. Triple A titles are already under a lot of pressure and are really boxed in in their movements towards new ideas and concepts. I however think this is no problem at all since it will give the lesser known titles a fair chance of proving them in this market and even become triple A. I've seen some games which I would rather play than some triple A titles. I took Steam OS seriously from the beginning because I'm one of the enthousiasts that can program things myself and do some development which this OS and hardware allow me to. Microsoft is getting boxed in because Apple is slightly winning the harts of engineers that use them for designing while Steam OS is planning on taking over the entertainment market.
  7. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    These are beautiful specifications for the price. If I didn't know how to build a computer myself, I'd definitely be considering this for my next build.
  8. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    But you will probably buy the Asrock with 22 sATA ports and 4 way SLI Geforce 780 :p
  9. Scavengers

    Scavengers TS Booster Posts: 107   +21

    I cant help but wonder how long it will take before we see operating system exclusives.

    "Available on Steam OS only"
    "Only on Microsoft Windows"

    A dual boot Steam OS\Windows box is a perfect solution.

  10. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 797   +217

    Already happens, there are quite a few Windows only games and a few Linux (Steam OS) only games. It's nothing new the only thing is until now it was only really known to those who game on PCs, now the mainstream will know of it.
  11. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    Im more curious about how Microsoft will take a stand in these new developments if Steam OS's database increases, meaning more games and tools, to make Linux interesting enough for gamers to drop out on windows...

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