Boutique PC maker Digital Storm has revealed it will get in the Steam Machine game in 2014. It will show off its offering at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in January, and the machine will be priced at $1,469 (£897) when it hits the market.
In a posting on its website, Digital Storm promises a powerful gaming machine that is going to "defy the cookie-cutter mould of small form factor systems". Unlike iBuypower's $499 Steam Machine, Digital Storm doesn't want to compete with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, because it instead wants to aim at the high-end gaming market.
Full details for the machine haven't been revealed. We do know that it will sit at 4.4-inches wide, 14.1-inches deep, and 16.4-inches tall, complete with a GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, 700W power supply, and liquid cooling inside. The Xbox One sits at 3.1-inches tall, 10.8-inches wide, and 13.1-inches long, but it sits horizontally instead of vertically (like Digital Storm's offering).
"With its advanced thermal design, this gaming PC doesn’t make any compromises for performance," Digital Storm says on its website. The machine will dual boot both SteamOS and Windows.
SteamOS is an operating system built around Steam that was announced in September. It uses Linux as an architecture, though the development team at Valve has built on top. It features In-home Streaming, which will enable gamers to play all of their Windows and Mac games (over 3,000) straight to their machine running SteamOS. An existing computer will run Steam as gamers always have - and then a SteamOS machine will stream games over a home network to the TV.
Along with more information about what's coming from Digital Storm, more Steam Machines are expected to be unveiled at the CES trade show in January.