Gordon gets up close and personal with the Bolt II
Digital Storm's original Bolt introduced gamers to a console-like box filled with PC hardware. It was essentially a Steam Machine before such a thing existed, minus Valve's Steam OS. This time around, Digital Storm's Bolt II is a bona fide Steam Machine that once again comes in a small form factor (SFF) chassis, only now it runs both Windows and Steam OS, and is liquid cooled to boot.
According to Digital Storm, no other Steam Machine uses liquid cooling. The Bolt II keeps things cool with a "best-in-class" 240mm radiator, large perforated ventilation areas over the graphics card, a top panel that transfers excess heat out of the system while pulling cold air in, and an "expertly engineered airflow design."
Digital Storm isn't yet sharing specific configuration details, though the boutique builder made it clear that its system won't cost the same as an Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
"We are not looking to compete with console pricing," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. "We’re taking aim at the high end of the market, targeting consumers that demand the best possible gaming experience and who are looking for a PC capable of playing any title on their new 4K display."
That said, the Bolt II will be available later this month starting at $1,899.
After we ran this story, Gordon had a chance to visit with Digital Storm and see the new Bolt II system in person. As Gordon notes in the video below, the second iteration is a little wider and taller than the original so that it can now accommodate water cooling. Have a look at Gordon dives inside the Bolt II: