A PC/gaming console that boots directly into Steam Big Picture mode
Let's just come out and say it -- Valve dropped the ball with its Steam Machine initiative. Rather than let its hardware vendors run with their own brand Steam Machines that they've been developing for the past year, Valve decided to delay things until next year while it tweaks its Steam Controller, an integral component of any machine that might use the "Steam Machine" designation. That decision left OEMs and boutique system builders in an awkward place, but rather than let their hardware designs collect dust, we're seeing them reborn as Windows-based PC/consoles that boot right into Steam Big Picture mode. The newest PC/console to take this approach is CyberPowerPC's Syber system. Let's have a look.
Syber is similar in design to what would have been CyberPowerPC's Steam Machine if Valve didn't muck things up. Turning lemons into lemonade, CyberPowerPC plans to develop Syber around Windows 8.1, though when you turn the console on, it will boot directly into Steam Big Picture mode so you can begin gaming in your living room on your big screen HDTV.
There will be two base versions to choose from. The first starts at $600 (MSRP) and will include an AMD quad-core CPU, AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and 500GB hard drive (SATA 6Gbps, 16MB cache, 7200 RPM). CyberPowerPC's second option costs $100 more and will include an Intel Core i3 4150 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and 1TB hard drive.
We had a chance to meet up with CyberPowerPC at E3 to see the Syber console in person and talk in depth about its design and features. Have a look, and then check out our photo gallery below!