A boutique built Steam Machine with a 'take no prisoners' approach
Let's get one thing straight -- even though Valve is making a push for PC gamers to plop their rumps in the living room where console gaming has traditional ruled the roost, there's no mandate that says a Steam Machine has to be only as powerful as an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 (or Nintendo Wii). Taking that to heart, boutique builder Digital Storm makes no bones about the fact that it's upcoming Steam Machine won't compete with consoles on price, but in return for a higher price tag, gamers will receive a premium set of components that send consoles cowering in the corner.
Details are light at the moment, though we did manage to squeeze a few tidbits out of Digital Storm. The company's first Steam Machine will start at $1,469 and offer configurations that can handle an Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan graphics card. It will have a liquid-cooled CPU, advanced airflow thermal management, and up to a 700W power supply.
Digital Storm's rig will ship with both Valve's Linux-based SteamOS and Microsoft Windows, allowing the PC gaming master race to play any computer game out there. As for setup, you can place the system horizontally or vertically in your entertainment center, whichever is more convenient.
That's all Digital Storm is willing to divulge at the moment. More information will come to light at CES in January, though in the meantime, you can subscribe to receive updates on Digital Storm's pre-launch website.