Gaming computer maker Maingear is announcing the Drift, a 4K gamer PC that runs Valve’s SteamOS and lets you play Steam games in the living room.
The game machine is part of a raft of computers debuting today as Valve releases its SteamOS, Steam Controller, and Steam Link accessories that make it much easier to play PC games on your living room TV. Valve, the designer of the Steam devices and operator of the Steam digital distribution service, has enabled a whole ecosystem of PC makers like Maingear to provide some serious competition to both Microsoft’s Windows and the major video game consoles.
Kenilworth, New Jersey-based Maingear has taken advantage of the opportunity by creating the Drift, which can display games at 4K resolution, or four times as much as is available on a 1080p high-definition TV. Options for customization and overclocking, or running the PC beyond recommended specs, are available.
The machine can use Intel’s Extreme Edition Haswell-E or Skylake processors, full-sized Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti or Titan X GPUs, and up to 16GB of Kingston DDR4 memory. In addition, the Drift comes with three hard drive bays that can be outfitted with two Samsung 850 Pro solid state drives (SSDs) and a massive 6TB HDD.
“The Drift packs the muscle and performance of larger systems into a sleek and compact uni-body design that fits anywhere,” says Wallace Santos, the CEO and founder of Maingear, in a statement. “The SteamOS has finally arrived, and we are delighted to partner with Valve to make the Drift the most perfect way to deliver the Steam experience.”
The Maingear Drift starts at $1,099. It features the Epic 120 liquid-cooling system, a maintenance-free system. It comes with Valve’s Steam Controller, an all-in one handheld battle station with dual trackpads, high-definition haptics, dual-stage triggers, and fully customizable control schemes.