A Steam Machine that would look right at home in an A/V rack
One of the reasons why Valve is pushing its Steam Machine platform is to get PC gamers into their living rooms, hence the prep work that went into Big Picture mode and the wireless Steam Controller. Going along with that theme, boutique builder Origin PC announced plans to launch a pair of Steam Machine "Chronos" systems built in a small form factor (SFF) chassis that will have no trouble blending into a typical home theater setup.
Both the Chronos Standard Edition and Chronos SLI Edition will be fully customizable, and if you want the chassis to stand out among your other A/V gear, you can opt for a custom point job with automotive finish.
The Chronos Standard Edition will come with an Asus Maximus VI Impact motherboard, up to an Intel Core i7 4770K quad-core CPU with professional overclocking, Origin Frostbyte 120 sealed liquid cooling system, up to a single Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card (also with professional overclocking), up to 16GB of DDR3-2133, up to dual 1TB Samsung 840 Evo Series SSDs, 4TB Western Digital Black HDD, 6X Blu-ray burner, ROG SupremeFX 7.1-channel audio, built-in Wi-Fi, SG08 600W power suuply, and of course Steam OS (with the option of dual booting into Windows 7 or Windows 8 Home or Pro).
Origin PC's SLI configuration kicks things up a notch with up to two GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards, 40-in-1 media card reader, and up to 32GB of DDR3-2133 RAM.
"Anything that Valve does for PC gaming is extremely exciting and Steam OS might just be the next big thing." said Kevin Wasielewski Origin PC CEO and co-founder. "Origin PC will offer Steam Machines with the most customization options, the highest performance, and each one is backed by our industry leading free lifetime 24/7 support based in the United States."
Pretty gnarly stuff. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.