Valve claims no involvement in Piston, despite investing
Valve Software has publicly disassociated itself with the Xi3 Piston, a device shown at CES as an example of the Steam Box game console concept. Comments by the game producer removing its involvement in the project were followed by a statement from Xi3 explaining how the Piston was initially made by the request of Valve itself.
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.
Xi3 to ship modular ChromiumPC on July 4
Xi3 has adapted its modular PC to run on Chrome OS, becoming the first desktop system to do so. Called ChromiumPC, it sports a processor module and two I/O boards that are quickly and easily swapped. The dual-core computer uses just 20W of power and was in development since 2009, its maker said.