New Trailer Promises "More Than Just A Console"
The Xi3 Piston, a modular small form factor PC designed around Steam's Big Picture Mode interface, will release this Christmas. The lowest-spec model starts at just under $1000, with pre-orders now open.
If you remember, this was our first peek at a third-party 'Steam Box,' which will almost certainly release before Valve's official foray into the living room. We've got a trailer and more details below.
“Given the amount of awards, media attention and gamer interest the PISTON Console has generated since it was unveiled at CES 2013 in January, we’ve become seriously concerned that we will not be able to meet the demand for PISTON Consoles this year,” said Jason A. Sullivan, founder, president and CEO of Xi3 Corporation. “That’s why we have decided to begin accepting pre-orders on our PISTON Console, beginning today with the start of the SXSW Gaming Expo. Gaming Expo attendees will also get the benefit of being the first to see the PISTON Console in action.”
“Clearly, the computer/video gaming market is huge, both in the personal computer and traditional console markets,” Sullivan added. “That being said, we believe there is a crying need for a machine that captures the best of both worlds, with the upgradeability of computer gaming rigs and the design and form factor of consoles. We believe our PISTON Consoles do exactly that—deliver the beauty and small size of consoles with the upgradeability of computers.”
In terms of specifications, the US pre-order page promises the following (along with a $100 pre-order discount):
- Primary Storage: 128GB SSD
- Hard Drive Standard- Internal 128GB SSD
- 8GB RAM
- 3.2Ghz Quad Core (R464)
- Radeon 7000 Series GPU
More details will be forthcoming, but this is a lot of grunt for such a tiny device, and fairly decent value for the price considering its size and competition such as the much dearer AlienWare X51.
Are you tempted by the idea of picking up a third-party Steam Box, or would you be more inclined to wait until Valve's first-party offering (which may be priced at around $300 for a mid-tier model if Gabe is to be believed)? Or a PS4? Let us know in the comments.