No price or release date mentioned as manufacturer reveals prototype
After months of rumors, Valve’s so-called Steam Box looks set to become a reality.
Codenamed Piston, the mini PC, which has been built by hardware creator Xi3, will be used to play PC games on large televisions. According to Polygon, Piston will be optimized for Steam and Big Picture, an interface made for playing Steam using a controller.
Xi3 unveiled the Piston at CES in Las Vegas but confirmed the unit is still in development, with neither Valve nor Xi3 have announced a release date so far. While Piston’s design isn’t finalized yet, Xi3 will be displaying several prototype models this week on the CES show floor.
Built off the back of investment from Valve, the Piston’s components will be modular, allowing users to swap out its CPU and RAM. There was no information about Piston’s specifications or pricing, though an Xi3 representative told Polygon that Piston is being based on Xi3′s performance level line of X7A computers, which retail for $999.
Xi3 chief executive Jason A. Sullivan called the announcement of Piston “the beginning of a new era for Xi3,” touting that the machine “will allow users to take full-advantage of their large high-definition TV displays for an amazing computer game experience. As a result, this new system could provide access to thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand.”
Xi3′s website is currently down as of press time, but Press2Reset will continue to report more details about Piston as they surface.
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