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Piston 'Steam Box' revealed at CES



Valve, and hardware developers Xi3 a new compact computer which is designed to play Steam games on your HD TV.

"Today marks the beginning of a new era for Xi3," said Xi3 CEO Jason A. Sullivan.

"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."

The unit on show at CES showed a small unit, which included HDMI out, two mini display ports, eight USB ports, ethernet and regular and optical audio out, although given that the box is still in its early development stage this could change.

In addition, according to Polygon the system will offer up to 1TB of storage, along with modular component updates and the ability to upgrade the CPU and RAM.

Steam currently has around more than 50 million subscribers worldwide, so there is certainly potential for this new hardware to sell, providing this it's marketed correctly and doesn't cost too much.

It seems this is one to keep an eye on.


Edited On 08 Jan, 2013

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Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
So basically a computer trying to compete in the console market, if they can get a good user interface sorted and keep it simple then it might have a chance, but like with the nVidea thing, I'm not sure there is room in the marketplace for another console.
Beazi's avatar
Beazi 4 years ago
Smart very smart might wait for the Ouya though
Dead's avatar
Does the Ouya do Steam though, thought it was Android only?
Dead 4 years ago

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