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Piixl Jetpack ‘Steam Machine’ announced

by Mark Tyson on 5 December 2013, 14:30

Tags: Valve, Linux, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Phew, here’s another story revolving around Valve’s soon to be launched Steam OS and Steam Machines. Pocket Lint reports that a British PC manufacturer called Piixl will be launching a SteamOS optimised PC which will attach to the back of your flat screen TV. This PC will be able to accommodate some very pokey hardware in its slim chassis and it will be launched on New Year’s Day.

Overclocked i7 and an Nvidia Titan - no problem

The “superthin” chassis of the Piixl Jetpack will accommodate hardware specs up to and including overclocked Intel Core i7 processors, graphics cards such as the Nvidia Titan and GTX780 and SSD storage up to 1TB in capacity Pocket Lint reporters were told.

While the chassis definitely looks thin it doesn’t look so small, but fitting sleekly behind your big TV it shouldn’t be an eyesore. Piixl say the extendable chassis of the Jetpack will fit to the rear of any TV from 32 to 70-inches and up to 100Kg in weight. The chassis sits between the TV set and a VESA standard wall mount in a kind of pass-through configuration. If you have your TV on a stand then that’s even simpler as it just attaches directly.

Gamers who won’t compromise on performance or interior design

I’m sure the above headline describes lots of HEXUS readers. Francois-Xavier Gardes, London-based Piixl's managing director said “Jetpack is designed for gamers that do not want to compromise on performance nor interior design. Whether wall mounted or on a table, its presence stays smart and minimalistic while providing leading edge-performance and tweak potential virtually on par with a full-tower. If the future of gaming is open, so should be the hardware platform it is being played on.”

While the system is “optimised for SteamOS,” Piixl say this is an open platform and works well with Windows and other Linux OSes.

The Piixl Jetpack will be available to buy from 1st January 2014 with prices starting from around £600 (US$1000).



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Should do a low spec - streaming only version with a basic AMD APU. I'd buy one of those in a heart beat. I just couldn't justify £600 to buy a second PC when I've already got an ok spec PC...
So basically it's a 1U rack mount case with a fancy bezel and a vesa mounting kit?

Revolutionary</sarcasm>
The prices that are coming out with these boxes isn't quite what I imagined and for the money a lot of people would probably quite happily stick with what they have?
I think I'd rather glue a PS4 to the back of the TV for a similar effect at 4/10ths the cost.
Jonj1611
The prices that are coming out with these boxes isn't quite what I imagined and for the money a lot of people would probably quite happily stick with what they have?

This isnt for people that already have good PCs. Its for people looking for an alternative to next gen consoles. If you already have a powerful PC, you want something similar to what cheesemp and I are looking for; a very low power streaming only device, should cost about £80 and be tiny.

sykobee
I think I'd rather glue a PS4 to the back of the TV for a similar effect at 4/10ths the cost.


You forget that PC games at launch cost half that of PS4 launch prices. Then take steam sales (and 3rd party like GMG which are even cheaper) into account and within 1-2 years you've already saved money, and done so with a superior system with much better graphics than either next-gen console, and the Steam OS will likely get more app support as Valve will likely allow an almost open source approach to app development/support.