CES 2014: Digital Storm Unveils Bolt II, World's First Liquid Cooled Steam Machine [Video]

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hornfire3

Awesome! I would want this SM but the price is too expensive... :(

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Vesuvius

Frankly this blows away the Tiki and of course the X51 and the others in the following. Looks, horizontal or vertical, cooling, ease of use and maintenance. Pretty much in everything. Now sell me that exact version for under 2k! Ok dreaming with the 780ti and watercooling bet you this thing pushes 2500 to 3000.

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Vesuvius

I do not really consider this Bolt 2 a console game steam machine. Really they are just rebuilding the bolt to get rid of its negatives. This is a better looking case by dropping the dvd at the front. Will have liquid cooling. Really it is just an awesome small pc with the ability to play steam too if you wish. ( Most will use this to house a high powered video card to play the new high res monitors.) I really like the falcon tiki but it is a minimum of 500 dollars higher then other boutiques and perhaps this new Bolt will have the same quality lines and look, but better organized inside cabling wise, and less money. Its either this or go bigger with Case Labs mini Itx, a case you can use forever. Update went to digital storm site. It is still not ready to sell but by the pics and description it should be better then Falcon Tiki in everyway. What I dont like about Tiki is how hard it is to get to the video card and other things. The Bolt 2 has easily removeable side panel next to video card. Thumbscrews! It is slightly wider and taller. Assuming price for a 780ti is cheaper then Tiki vaults to the top. I like the design and willing to pay extra for it vs a do it yourself small case.

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erriwin

I understand these boutique builders are jumping on the steam-powered bandwagon because of the free press, but it's becoming sheer lunacy. Steam should have placed very strict guidelines on what you can call a "steam machine", otherwise you get this insanity: a $1900 PC that will confuse the crap outta of the average console gamer. The main strict guideline should have been a price cap; like $700 max - if you can't sell if for $700 or less, you can't call it a steam machine. The whole idea for a steam machine is to quasi-trick consolers into trying out a different console - if the different console in question ranges from $400-$3000, comes from a bunch of unheard of companies, and has a range of different specs, they ARE NOT going to be fooled; and as such, probably won't bother buying one.

IMO: Steam should have/should set strict standards, at the very least, on this first batch of "steam machines". If they are a hit, and get a whole new crowd of people interested, THEN they could start letting anybody and their brother make and sell them for whatever silly prices they want.

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SuperSATA

I'm glad somebody said that.

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SleepyCatChris

It's a $1900 PC. How is that a "Steam Machine"? Honest question.

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Obsidian

"... comes in a small form factor (SFF) chassis, only now it runs both Windows and Steam OS ..."

The article is written accurately enough to understand this is a boutique SFF gaming rig built to handle all PC gaming and will dual-boot to Steam OS if for some reason that's what the user wants to do.

Although $1900 is very expensive, like the Tiki and other systems it's really not meant for most consumers.

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SleepyCatChris

I have a small form factor PC I built myself and it can run Windows and SteamOS. Is it a "Steam Machine" just because of this?

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Obsidian

Sure, that's all these vendors are doing. It isn't any huge secret. Nothing to be annoyed about either. Many MPCers build their own systems and don't go asking why Dell and HP are still doing that ;)

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John Pombrio

Paul, are you at CES?