Looks like SteamOS is catching some steam. Piixl, a British computer manufacturer has developed a gaming PC box running Steam OS named ‘Jetpack’ which is designed to latch onto flat screen televisions, walls or underneath tables. The objective is to deliver a computer for TVs which stealthily resides in the living room.
The computer will also be able to run any mainstream OSs like Windows and Linux. To make things customisable, the system is based on Open architecture and users will be able to plug in any graphics card they want.
The hardware has expandable chassis and can be stretched to mount on numerous places thanks to its VESA mount. TV sets with sizes ranging between 32 to 70 inch can easily carry the system on its back, avoiding any clutter in the living room.
Piixel is working with Valve to make to make Jetpack ‘deeply optimized’ for SteamOS which is still under development. For the uninitiated, Steam OS is a gaming specific OS which is based on Linux platform and uses Valve’s game distribution platform Steam to allow game purchase, multiplayer communication, game streaming, online music and video services. Computers or gaming consoles designed specifically for SteamOS are called Steam machines.
The Piixel Jetpack is successor to the company’s EdgeComputer which did the job of turning old TVs into media centre setups. Jetpack is set to launch next month with different configurations.