This Steam Machine starts at $1,899, dual-boots Windows and Steam OS

Digital Storm's "Bolt II" also billed as the "most thermally efficient SFF computer available."

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Today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, PC manufacturer Digital Storm announced its own hybrid Steam Machine called the "Bolt II." Most notably, the small-form-factor (SFF) PC allows you to dual-boot both Windows and Steam OS.

Pricing for the Bolt II begins at $1,899, GameSpot sister site ZDnet reports. However, a second model featuring a Core i7-4770K Haswell processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card, 16GB of RAM, 120GB SSD, and a 1TB hard drive will go for $2,584.

All configurations of the Bolt II will go on sale later this month.

Digital Storm has also boasted about the Bolt II's cooling features, labeling the system as "the most thermally efficient SFF computer available." This is possible thanks to a built-in 240mm liquid cooling system. What's more, the Bolt II features a HyrdoLux control board, allowing users to control the balance between cooling and system noise, as well as the computer's lighting.

The Bolt II will square off against at least a dozen competitors, including Valve's own Steam Machine, which the company is expected to provide more details on later today. Digital Storm's Steam Machine is now the third third-party Steam Machine announced so far, following systems from iBuyPower and CyberPowerPC.

GameSpot has a team on the ground at CES 2014 and will bring you more written and video content from the show as it develops.

Discussion

316 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

So how many games would one have to buy at a discount to make up for almost $2,000? That is if you believe you really are "saving money". Just because a price gets marked down doesn't mean you are saving. You save by spending less than you earn.

Renegade__angel
Renegade__angel

Nope. Not with a 120GB SSD. You're gonna have to have at LEAST 1TB since people use PC's for other things.

noandno
noandno

I wonder how much is it in Brazil?

pcostix
pcostix

This is.... nothing. Consoles are better price wise and PC's are better in price, customization... ohh and PRICE!!!!!

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

That high end model has some pretty nice specs. Still, for that price I would probably like to pick my own parts & look up the best models for everything.

If it overclocks well & runs as cool as they say, then the ease of use & (hopefully) guaranteed compatibility & synergy of the components could be an attractive option. That's an enthusiast level price though & I don't see too many enthusiasts wanting the simple option.

digitm64
digitm64

And so it begins, the new era of Ripoff Steam Machines.  Let's advertise Steam machines to people at expensive prices to make them think Steam/PC gaming is expensive. (For people not knowing the truth).

telaros
telaros

This makes no sense. You're paying for what now? I thought they wanted to compete with consoles...


Those prices aren't even going to be seen by the average consumer. And power users are not gonna waste money on specs like these.

taabz
taabz

Who is this targeted at

PC gamer already have these options at better prices

Console gamers want a system that they do not need to upgrade and play their games for the entire generation. Not to mention one of the reason a lot of ppl shifted from Xbox one to ps4 was the difference of $100. Will they pay these ridiculous amounts when they can get the Xbox one and ps4 plus some games for the same amount as one machine

DemannameD
DemannameD

Why would someone spend that kind of money on a PC that they can't really upgrade... I paid less than to build a PC three years ago that is running any game a like... I've only updated my GPU twice, in three years to stay well beyond the minimum requirements... BF3 at 60 FPS... BF4 at 90 FPS... I'm not sure steam even has games that would push my hardware... Maybe Skyrim with the Depth of view mods... Dishonored wasn't taxing at all... They just need to get to Half Life 3 already... Valve is losing my faith.

Tamim
Tamim

Anything that promotes PC gaming, I'm all for - but let's be honest here- this is just an excuse to sell PC's under a different business model. Your regular PC at home can offer a comparable or better experience - all you need is an HDMI cable, a controller (but a mouse/keyboard is the reason PC gaming is superior) and the steam OS - Bingo! Your very own steam machine...

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

Hat-buying machine for $1899? This is insane.

cctv100
cctv100

Man...This is a PC, not just a console, high-performance PC IS expensive

BoozerX
BoozerX

Just gonna say.

PS4 FTW

cancelthis
cancelthis

u steam machinists think $$ grows on tress !?

robertico7
robertico7

Man... the money people have to spend just to play some games and have some fun. I can do  a lot of other great things with that money.

91210user
91210user

What do they put into these machines? Gold?

eva02langley
eva02langley

The good thing is Valve is making an OS... I might finally have an alternative to stupid Windows for my next build, and that alone is a god sent.

eva02langley
eva02langley

Can build something for cheaper... way cheaper... dual R290X for the same price...

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Look! In the living room! It's a console! It's a PC!!! NO!!! It's the limitations of both in a super expensive box!!!

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

And if you spent two grand on it rather than just building your own... You deserve to lose your money

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

Steam single handedly owns CES 2014 - Report

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

im surprised all these companies are so heavily invested in this new scam. lol.


i know i want to build a new PC with specs like this but my $1900 is going on a real case and my own new rig thx.

pyro1245
pyro1245

For that price it should come with double the video cards. I guess Valve should maybe have a system to let consumers know if they're about to get ripped off.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

As many of the comments have already pointed out, you can already build an awesome PC for that price tag. Really, what's Valve's plan? Anyone who wants to get into PC gaming and has that much already set for a PC is motivated enough to learn how to build one themselves. In addition to that, SteamOS is free, so there's not profit to be made there (that I can see). I'm definitely no market analyst or business consultant or anything, but I'm really struggling to see the master plan.

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

As a caveat to that, I'm not really familiar with US pricing, so perhaps you could build your own much cheaper, but things are pretty expensive down in New Zealand.

prats93
prats93

Breaking news, PC gaming is and always will be expensive. Dont sugar coat it.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@cctv100 Yes, this is a PC and is marketed as such. It just has the appearance of a console thanks to its small form factor.

digitm64
digitm64

@cctv100 Not when you can build exact specs for half the price.

dzylon
dzylon

@91210user Actually... yes. The CPU and perhaps the GPU do contain gold.

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Dumbass 1: I paid two grand for mine

Dumbass 2: I paid $2500

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

@pyro1245Have you seen their customer support? They don't care if you get ripped off as long as they get your $$$.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Maverick6585 I dont even think this is valve at all, its just random companies jumping on the idea, trying to get in first. This is the Bolt 2 not the SteamBox/

pcostix
pcostix

@prats93PC gaming is NOT expensive. I am the proof of it, since I wanted to buy a PS3 and now the PS4, but can´t afford 70$ for each game.


I have to stick with the PC 20$ each game on amazon uk 3months after release.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

@nyran125tk@Maverick6585 I'm not talking about this specific machine, I'm talking about SteamOS and Steam Machines in general. I don't see the profit for anyone.

pyro1245
pyro1245

@---Cipher--- @pyro1245 I dunno. I've never really had a problem with them. They don't really seem that obsessed over profit either imo. I was also under the impression that Valve won't directly sell these machines either, but rather the manufactures set the price and build/distribute it.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

@pyro1245 if it's >$0, they don't care if you get ripped off. Seriously, try doing anything with their customer "support." Heck, can you even find a phone number for a real person? 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Maverick6585 @nyran125tk its itneresting to see how it goes. But i really dont see why a PC gamer would buy this at all. So it has to b aimed at console players, which with that price, i dont see why theyd bother. Yes you can buy AAA games 6 months later for a stupid price of $4.99. Which is great, its backwards compatable forever and ever and ever, which is good to.  Who knows. Could just become a giant flop, like Ouya.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

@nyran125tkThe only thing I could think of is that the companies producing the machines must purchase the components from manufacturers at a discounted price, allowing them to sell the pre-built consoles at a profit. But they would have to be getting the components at a considerable discount, and I don't see that happening, with the manufacturers making their paycheck off of selling them at a high retail price to PC gamers