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Xi3 Piston Due This November, Will Cost $999

Matt Gardner
Piston, Steam Machines, Steambox, Xi3

Xi3 Piston Due This November, Will Cost 9

Xi3 have announced that their small form factor Steam Machine -- the Piston -- will release on November 29th in the US, and will cost just under $1000.

The tiny PC will arrive bearing a 3.2 GHz AMD Trinity Processor, along with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The whole point of the little machine is that it can be upgraded, however, and will take two 512GB mSATA SSDs for a total of 1TB of super-fast storage should you  have any money left from buying the thing in the first place.

It'll also carry a Radeon 7000-Series GPU that will natively support a triple-monitor setup, come pre-loaded with a bunch of games, and support a variety of controllers.

For a grand.


At least it's really small and the power consumption is supposedly impressively low.

But that's still a lot of money for a glorified SFF PC.


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chieftex  Oct. 1, 2013 at 12:46

It's a hell of a lot of money. Though in pounds it's about £650, that's still a lot of money. Obviously you will save a hell of a lot of money buying PC games vs console games, but still. I'm sure other manufacturers will need to release cheaper versions for a larger uptake.

Late  Oct. 1, 2013 at 12:58

Including VAT and shipping you're probably looking at around £750-£800.

As Chieftex says, it's nice to save on games, and you'd save a fortune over the next few years if you buy a lot of games - but seven hundred and fifty quid is a LOT to pay for the machine.

It's small and it's aesthetically pleasing, but those are fairly low priorities imo. If it were half the price but twice the size I'd be much more interested.

Last edited by Late, Oct. 1, 2013 at 12:59
X10  Oct. 1, 2013 at 14:19

You're basically paying a premium to have a tiny aesthetically pleasing PC in your living room.
Truly we have reached an age of advancement!

Tsung  Oct. 2, 2013 at 09:16

Why supply a bunch of games? cut them & save money; I have no need for Free games if the console does support steam. It looks pretty but is it practical for under the TV? I wouldn't know where to put it where it wouldn't look out of place (one of the reasons I didn't buy a OUYA). Why bother supporting 3 monitors? is this really going into the living room?.

Now this is what I would want from a Living room pc.

It has to have the same size and shape as all the other boxes under the telly. This gives the designers more space to play around with :P. It has to be designed to stack neatly on the other entertainment units, ideally in black with no distracting lights or stickers. It has to be quiet, if it sounds like a vacuum cleaner it's no good.

Anarchist  Oct. 2, 2013 at 09:41

If this is what they are coming up with, then I assume valve will let us install SteamOS on our own boxes. I can't see how they will sell (m)any of these at all.

It's not a PC and won't have the same support no matter what Gabe tells us. It's not a Ouya, available for a relatively throwaway price. It's not a console, with its tight unified hardware, HAL and software integration and support.

I'd rather buy a DVR sized mATX case, or even a shuttle, and self build one that will fit properly under my telly box.

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