Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Xi3 opens 'Steam Box' Piston game console up for pre-order

updated 07:15 pm EDT, Sun March 10, 2013

Modular gaming PC to cost minimum $900

Hardware manufacturer Xi3 has opened up its online store to pre-orders for the Piston console. Shown at CES as an example of Valve software's Steam Box game console concept and the first to officially go on sale, the Piston is effectively an entire personal computer with modular components, housed in a compact case.

Based on the X7A Modular Computer, the Piston uses a 3.2GHz quad-core A10 processor from AMD, supported by 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for storage, expandable up to 512GB. While no other technical details for it's current form have been announced, it was last seen to have four eSATA ports, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, one full-sized DisplayPort, and two Mini-DisplayPorts.

Though Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve, has talked about the Steam Box concept in the past, suggesting his company's version would adhere to a narrowly-focused set of values and allowing users to change the operating system, others have questioned its possible impact on the gaming industry. Microsoft executive Don Mattrick recently claimed he did not view Valve as a competitor, suggesting Sony, Nintendo, Apple, and Google as greater competition.

Pre-orders for the Xi3 Piston are open now, with orders placed before the end of SXSW 2013 receiving a $100 discount off the total. Starting from $900 for the 128GB version and rising to $1,650 for 512GB of storage, Xi3 hopes to ship the earliest orders in time for the holiday season.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Tablo DVR

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee fo ...

Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringi ...

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News