Micro-PC manufacturer Xi3 and Valve have teamed up to work on a device known as Piston which is being shown off at CES trade show in Las Vegas. Initially announced in this press release, Polygon has gathered further details direct from Xi3. Hit the break for more details.
Piston is being designed to specifically support Steam’s Big Picture mode and will physically be no larger than a grapefruit. While hard-tech details are sketchy at present, Polygon have learnt that the device will have 1TB of internal storage and will offer modular upgrade paths for the Piston’s CPU and RAM. The Piston will be basing its’ performance level of Xi3’s current device, the X7A which is priced at $999.
It seems likely that this will be the Steambox that has been rumoured for so long, though I would expect the price to be considerably less that $999 if it is to become a mainstream success and challenge the traditional home consoles. I’m sure more concrete details will emerge soon, meanwhile you can check out what else Xi3 are up to on their website and read this quote from the press release.
“Today marks the beginning of a new era for Xi3,” said Jason A. Sullivan , founder, President and CEO of Xi3. “This new development stage product 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.”