The first unofficial Steam Box Console – Xi3’s Piston – will be launching this holiday season and has a starting price of $1,000, according to a March 8 announcement made be the hardware manufacturer.
Pre-orders can be made from their website, and can also be \made at the Gaming Expo until March 10 in Austin, Texas. All pre-order sales made before March 18 will receive a $100 discount from Xi3. The Xi3 Piston is the first PC that has been designed to play games in the comfort of the player’s living room using Steam’s Big Picture Mode. According to Valve’s Gabe Newell, they are currently developing their own Steam Box that will also be available this year. Regardless, Valve is helping finance the Xi3.
“Clearly, the computer/video gaming market is huge, both in the personal computer and traditional console markets,” Jason Sullivan, Xi3 CEO, said in a press release made on March 8. “We believe there is a crying need for a machine that captures the best of both words, with the upgradeability of computer gaming rigs and the design and form factor of the consoles.”
The Xi3 Piston is available for pre-order now, and is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants. The prices range from $1,000 to $1,750. Specs include 8GB RAM and a 3.2 Ghz Quad Core (R464) processor