Enthusiast PC and tablet maker Velocity Micro today announced the release of the Raptor MultiPlex, an all-in-one home theater PC with gaming functionality.
Per usual with Velocity Micro, the Raptor MultiPlex is bulky, powerful and expensive. The rectangular aluminum box is customizable too; it can be ordered in different configurations, which start at $1899, although a maxed-out unit will cost several hundred dollars more.
The Raptor MultiPlex comes in either silver or black, is powered by either an Intel Core i5 or an Intel Core i7 processor, and comes with up to 16GB of RAM. It sports Nvidia GTX600 series graphics, and dual hard drives that can come in either HDD or SSD format for up to 3 x 2 TB of space. It can also run either Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Velocity Micro seems to be positioning the device as a way for enthusiasts (read: people with money to burn) to get all of their media fixes from one spot. The company says that the Raptor MultiPlex has DVR functionality that allows it to record four channels at once and store multiple TB of content, supports 1080p playback of Blu-rays, and can stream Netflix, YouTube videos and the like from the Web on its own.
Velocity Micro says that the MultiPlex supports PC gaming as well –presumably with Steam support, since the device functions similarly to a standard gaming PC, though TechnologyGuide has reached out to Velocity Micro for clarification. Xbox 360 owners can also hook up their consoles to the MultiPlex and also use it as a media extender, just in case they really wanted to centralize all their media in one spot.
Basically, think of the MultiPlex as a high-powered gaming PC that also does DVR, media streaming and the like and is designed for a TV interface. The device can be custom configured directly through Velocity Micro\’s website starting today.
Update: Velocity Micro\’s Josh Covington has confirmed TG\’s assumptions by clarifying that the Raptor MultiPlex can indeed download and play games like any other gaming rig through services like Steam and Origin.