This compact MSI PC looks like an Xbox One S

MSI, a company known for making gaming pc that resemble small spaceships, has released a new living room PC that takes some hints from Xbox. It even has an “S” in the name: MSI MAG Trident S (opens in new tab).

The MAG Trident S 5M is designed to look and act like a game console. At a glance, it looks a lot like a Xbox One S special edition (opens in new tab), Microsoft’s previous generation game console. It even has a similar vented grille on the left side and can be set horizontally or vertically like the console.

When you delve into the specs, you quickly begin to realize that the Trident S is nothing like the Xbox. Hell, it’s nothing like a typical gaming PC. For starters, there is no discrete graphics card.

According spec sheet, is actually running an integrated AMD Radeon graphics card. In terms of CPU, it’s a choice between three: a Ryzen 7, 5 and 3. It also supports DDR4 RAM up to 64GB. There are also two M.2 slots for Gen 3 or 4 SSDs and a drive bay for an HDD.

MSI is positioning the Trident S as a living room game streaming box. The pre-installed Games Stadium app selects all of your streamable game libraries from Steam (via Steam Remote), MSI App player and Xbox Game Pass while acting as a launcher. The machine has DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 ports.

The Trident appears to be easily upgradeable, as the motherboard slot slides out of the back if you want to expand the memory. It’s still a Windows PC, so it looks like you might as well treat it as a really nice emulation and low-spec gaming machine that fits your TV perfectly.

Finding a Trident S is a little challenging; The MSI product page does not show it anywhere in stock and does not provide any pricing. I tracked one with a 512GB SSD on Vaosia for sale for $1,149.

A little pricey for what is essentially an entry-level gaming PC with no discrete graphics card. The MSI MAG Trident S 5M is a curious experiment (especially after Steam Machines never really took off), and I hope we can get our hands on one to see what it can do beyond streaming and how it compares to modern consoles.

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