Hello Linux Geeksters. The third non-Valve Steam Machine comes from Digital Storm, will be available for about $1469 (about 1070 Euros), running in dual boot with SteamOS 1.0 and Windows 8.1 and equipped with the Steam Controller.
Despite the fact that the Steam Controller has been released for SteamOS, it has support for other Linux systems as well, not requiring any dedicated kernel module. A demo video of Valve’s gaming remote control in action can be found here.
For now, we only know that the Digital Storm Steam Machine will be using Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan, a power supply of 700W and a liquid based cooling system. No information about the processor, memory and storage has been unveiled yet.
For those who don’t know yet, Valve, now a member of The Linux Foundation, has initiated some ambitions projects: the SteamOS, a customized Debian Wheezy derivate, optimized for gaming, the Steam Machine, a gaming colsole that will run with SteamOS and the Steam Controller, a game controller specially designed for SteamOS and the Steam Machine. A demo video of the Steam Controller can be found here. Also, iBuyPower, a third party manufacturer will release the first non-Valve Steam Machines running with AMD hardware, while Piixl is working with Valve at creating Jetpack, a gaming computer released with SteamOS as default.
Also worth mentioning is that SteamOS will not provide the basic functions of a normal OS, since it won’t have a file manager or a image view aplication. However, it will most likely have support for streaming video services, like Netflix or Hulu Plus, since Valve has announced that the most popular and loved TV shows, music videos and other video media will be available via Steam and SteamOS.