Steam Box Prototype Unveiled at CES
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s reports that the mythical “Steam Box”—the name given to a dedicated, HDTV-optimized gaming PC from Valve—would be revealed this year, last night Valve and mini-PC maker Xi3 unveiled a device codenamed “Piston” at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Not much is known about the device other than this: it’s a little computer that fits in the palm of your hand, and was developed between the two companies specifically to work with Steam’s Big Picture Mode. Take a look at the video above to see our own Khail Anonymous get the scoop at CES.
In addition, a post on Polygon offers up a few quotes from Xi3’s founder and CEO, Jason A. Sullivan:
“Today marks the beginning of a new era for 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 y our hand.”
Another post on Polygon from later in the evening offered up a few more details on what the Piston will pack. According to Xi3’s chief marketing officer David Politis, the device will have up to one terabyte of internal storage, and will be capable of “modular component updates, including the option to upgrade the PC’s CPU and RAM.” The demo unit on display at CES had an “IO board boasting one ethernet port, 1/8″ audio in/out, SPDIF optical audio, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports (with one dedicated to keyboard input), four eSATA ports, two Mini Display Port ports and one DisplayPort/HDMI port.”
No word on a price or release date, but the post explains that Xi3’s reps said that the Piston is based on the company’s X7A mini-PC, which carries a $999 price tag. I have a feeling, however, that such a price tag may be a little too high if this is indeed the console killer we’ve all been speculating about…
What do you think? Start laying your predictions about price and release date on us…NOW.