Tired of Waiting: Asus gets off Valve Time and announces its console PC, the GR8 | PCGamesN

Tired of Waiting: Asus gets off Valve Time and announces its console PC, the GR8


The delay of Steam Machines and their Linux-based SteamOS has not halted the launch of other PC-turned-consoles. PC builders all seem to have a dedicated section for custom living room PCs and Alienware’s been showing off the Alienware Alpha, which is essentially a Windows version of a Steam Machine.

Now ASUS is trying to get a slice of the action and recently announced with the GR8 Console PC. It’s about the size of a Wii, is less than 3 litres in volume and can be upgraded ever so slighty

The tiny machine is powered by a dual-core Intel Core i7-4510U (2 GHz) processor and an Nvidia GTX 750Ti GPU. It’s stuck with the CPU and GPU, but the DDR3 RAM can be upgraded to 16GB while storage can be increased as well, as removing the cover reveals a slot for a 2.5” hard drive or SSD. It’s obviously not for anyone planning on upgrading to stay ahead of the curve. Or even slightly behind it. 

Here’s the full list of specs: 

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4510U Processor
  • Graphics processor: NVIDIA  GeForce GTX 750Ti Graphics w/ 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Memory & storage: 1600MHz DDR3L memory (up to 16GB) 2 x SO-DIMM. SATA 6Gb/s; 1 x 2.5″ 1TB 7200rpm HDD, or 2.5″ 256G SSD, 1 x 2.5” extension bay for HDD/SSD, Free 100GB of ASUS WebStorage for 12 months
  • Networks: Intel Gigabit LAN, Wireless Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Front 1 x Headphone, 1 x MIC-in, 2 x USB 2.0 (1 with USB Charger)
  • Rear 3 x Audio jacks (LINE_IN/LINE_OUT/MIC), 1 x S/PDIF optical out, 1 x HDMI (support Ultra HD 4K), 1 x DisplayPort (support Ultra HD 4K), 1 x LAN(RJ45), 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x 19V DC-in, 1 x Kensington lock
  • Power consumption: 19V DC, 6.32A, 120W Power Adapter, 0.4W when off, 13W at idle, 70 to 77W at full 3D loads
  • ROG-exclusive features: SupremeFX Audio, Sonic SoundStage, Sonic SenseAmp, Sonic Studio, Sonic Radar II, GameFirst III, Miracast Receiver
  • Bundled software: Kaspersky Anti-Virus (1-year full license), AiSuite III, ASUS HomeCloud with Wi-Fi GO!/Media Streamer, DTS Connect
  • Accessories: M801 gaming mechanical keyboard (optional), ROG Gladius gaming mouse (optional), 120W AC adapter, Power cord, User Manual, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card
  • Size: Max. 238 x 245 x 60 mm (2.5-liter chassis)
  • Weight: 1.284kg

It won’t be cheap either, expected to be as pricey as $999, which is not insignificant given its middling power. And it seems a bit too much if it’s going to tempt console gamers into getting a PC for their living room.  

Cheers, Forbes.

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WhiteCrow Avatar
3 Years ago

Looks great, but with those specs I find it tragically overpriced.

Belimawr Avatar
3 Years ago

the steam boxes always will be, the consoles get subsidised by software licensing so they generally bring the hardware prices rock bottom, the consoles when they came out were actually sold at a break even price, there was no profit in it, where all these firms need to make money on the hardware, the only way steam box would be console competitor would be if steam took it in house and subsidised it with the steam licensing fees.

Soxekaj Avatar
3 Years ago

I hope no pc gamer buys this, with that price tag. Exactly what segment they are aiming at with this, is a little unclear to me.

Belimawr Avatar
3 Years ago

the only people who would really buy these are either people with no clue what they are buying or with more money than sense.


honestly tho these just have no reason to exist, a self build will always be the choice of high end PC gamers and the steam box is far too complex and expensive for the console players. I've said since the first announce of these that they just have no target market and will never become anything more than a novelty, the more I read on them the less faith I have of them ever becoming anything worth while.

randex Avatar
3 Years ago

Who would've thought this was going to be a...

...gr8 idea ?

#rekt #420blazeit




Ok I'll stop