Steam Box demo unit codenamed Piston appears at CES

first_imgValve grabbed the headlines last year with a number of announcements, not least of which was the introduction of Big Picture Mode and a move to support Linux with Steam. Gabe Newell also confirmed in December that Valve will be releasing a Steam games console, and an early version of the so-called Steam Box has appeared at CES.Valve isn’t developing the Steam Box alone. Instead it has taken the intelligent move of teaming up with a hardware company already experienced in creating tiny PCs. That company is Xi3, and the codename for the Steam Box is fittingly “Piston.” Whether that name remains for the final product is unknown, but it makes a lot of sense to keep it.There are very few specific details about Piston, but Xi3 already has a number of tiny PCs available to purchase. They start at $499, are small enough to be picked up with a single hand, and have the option of running Linux if you desire. It is thought Piston will be based around the design of Xi3’s $999 X7A performance PC.The Piston demo unit brought to CES has four USB 3.0, four USB 2.0 ports, four eSATAp ports, two Mini Display Port ports, and one Display Port/HDMI port. There’s also audio in/out, SPDIF optical audio, and Ethernet connections.The components inside will include a 1TB hard drive and a CPU/GPU combination you can choose to upgrade. It’s safe to assume the performance on offer will be well beyond what any of the game consoles on the market can produce, and it needs to be if Piston intends to support the next generation of games being released when the Xbox 720 and PS4 launch.Hopefully more details will be released soon as to what hardware Xi3 and Valve are using, and most importantly what the price point of Piston will be.via Polygonlast_img

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