Post by Dan @ 11:19am 07/01/14 | 2 Comments
Ahead of Valve's CES 2014 press conference, where the Steam developer is expected to announce a full range of hardware partners creating SteamOS-tailored PCs, two more manufacturers are already showing off their wares.
The Boutique PC builders at CyberPower have revealed two SKUs looking to directly target the console space in the living room, with $499 and $699 models fitted with modest specifications:
CYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine A - $499Digital Storm has now also revealed the box they teased a few week's back, showing off a high end kit starting at $1899 that they're calling the Bolt II. The Bolt II will reportedly start with an overclocked Intel Core i5-4670K CPU with liquid cooling incorporated into it's slim custom chassis with options to fit Nvidia's latest full size GeForce cards.
Like all Steam Machines, they're all being designed to run Valve's SteamOS, but as they're just PCs at heart, they can all run Windows or other Linux variants easily enough. Fitted with off the shelf internals, it's obviously the custom cases that are the most interesting aspect, so check out some of the images below.
Valve's CES 2014 press confernece is due to kick off in under an hour (12 noon AEDT, 11am AEST, 5PM PST in Las Vegas), where we expect they'll be talking all about SteamOS, Steam Machines, the Steam controller and maybe even a surprise or two (fingers crossed for a look at their virtual reality prototyping). It doesn't look like there's going to be any live video streams of the event available, but several tech blogs such as The Verge and Ars Technica will be doing the live blogging thang.