Valve and Xi3 Announce ‘Steam Box’

By on January 8, 2013
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Codenamed Piston, the pint-sized computer will be a performance level entry with 1TB of storage and a modular deisgn.

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Valve and computer-manufacturer Xi3 today announced a partnership to build the oft-rumored ‘Steam Box‘.

At CES today, Xi3 said that it has received “an investment from Valve Corportation” to design and develop a “new computer game system”, and is on showcase at both Xi3 and Valve booths at the electronics show. The computer is optimized for game play on high-definition displays, and is specifically designed to support both Steam and Big Picture mode.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era for Xi3,” said Jason A. Sullivan, founder, president and CEO of Xi3, in a press release. “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.”

Details pertaining to specifications of the computer is scarce, although Xi3 told Polygon that it will be modular. Users will be able to upgrade it’s CPU and RAM at least.

Codenamed ‘Piston’, the computer will offer 1TB of internal storage, and slew of I/O ports including one ethernet port, 1/8″ audio in/out, SPDIF optical audio, four USB 3 ports, four USB 2 ports (one dedicated to keyboard input), four eSATAp ports, two Mini Display ports and one DisplayPort/HDMI port.   Piston is based on Xi3′s “performance level” X7A offering (which cost $999), and like it, will be a mini-computer (almost the size of the Ouya game system).

Image credit: Polygon.


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